Category Archives: Inspiration & Motivation

8 Positive Affirmations You Need to Motivate and Energize Yourself

I’m a big believer in both vocal and visual affirmation. It’s a great way to quickly boost your mood and outlook because regardless of what type of work you do, there will always be something that stresses you out so take some time out of your day to reflect. If you can recall sometime in your life where you have been really successful and visualize that in your mind, that will really help you – trust me! For me personally, its sports. I was a keen rugby player during my school days so I am able to look back and visualize my good performances to help lift my mood. However, in the absence of visual affirmations, below are 8 statements (use whatever is relevant to you) you can use to elevate yourself.

“Nothing is that paramount.”

‘My scars show strength, not weakness.”

“I can stay positive when others are negative.”

“Going through pain will make me wiser.”

“Even when I am struggling I am moving forward.”

‘Fear changes nothing.”

“The best option is to keep on going.”

“Kick back, relax and stay focused.”

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10 Insightful Talent & Career Quotes to Inspire & Motivate You

ONE):  “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”- Thomas John Watson Sr., Former chairman and CEO of IBM

TWO):  “Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was – and still is – the most important thing we do.”- Marc Bennioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce

THREE):  “The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.”- Steve Jobs, Chairman, Former CEO and co-founder of Apple

FOUR):  “If you hire good people, give them good jobs, and pay them good wages, generally something good is going to happen.”- James Sinegal, Co-founder and former CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation

FIVE): “The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.”- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation

SIX): “Nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.”- Lawrence Bossidy, Former COO of General Electric

SEVEN): “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.” – Sheryl Sandberg

EIGHT): “Change equals self-improvement. Push yourself to places you haven’t been before.”– Pat Summitt

NINE): “Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

TEN): “We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant

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Brexit – Unchartered Waters: Quotes devoted to peace, harmony, respect and a progressive future

Our country is currently in the grip of the worst crisis since the Second World War. After deciding to leave the European Union, an institution that the UK joined in 1975 designed to bring countries in Europe closer to foster greater cooperation, enable free trade and unite behind a common identity, the aftermath has revealed deep and some would argue insidious divisions that have shaken the political, social and economic equilibrium of this country.

As we enter unchartered waters ahead, I hope the country can find a way forward with peace, harmony and respect for the betterment of all. Here are some quotes devoted to just that:

“One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself I could not change others. – Nelson Mandela, Former South African President (1918 to 2013)

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch — what make you go beyond the norm.” – Cicely Tyson, American actress

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy, Writer (1828 – 1910)

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, 1st chairwoman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela, Former South African President (1918 to 2013)

It”s our duty to look after ourselves and, then, also to look after our neighbours.” – Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister (1925 to 2013)

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” – Helen Keller, author, political activist, and lecture (1880 – 1968)

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. civil rights leader, (1929 – 1968)

“Moral responsibility is not just a matter of avoiding harm to others; it also means helping people in need.” – Michael Nedelsky, American educator

“When you’re frightened don’t sit still, keep on doing something. The act of doing will give you back your courage.” –  Grace Ogot, author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat (1930 – 2015)

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The Most Inspiring Success Principle You Will Ever Read and Need

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How do you motivate yourself?  For some people motivation flows naturally like a river. For others it is an elusive element in their lives. One thing I have learnt is that no matter how hard things get and in times of great need, it is often the words of others that can trigger a spark in you that can kick start your motivation and allow you to bounce back.  A blog post by Srini Rao (www.theskooloflife.com) has done just that for me. His post “Tips for Navigating the Waters of Life” is a tremendously inspiring and no nonsense look at dealing with life’s challenges. Below is a summarized version of the key points in his post.

Instincts

  • Your instincts are almost always right
  • Your instincts are the higher self speaking
  • If you go against instinct you are likely to land yourself in a complete mess

 Be Wary of the Steps You Take

  • If you decide on something, be absolutely 100 per cent sure you can see it through
  • Know when it’s just time to bail out when you feel you can’t manage it

Be Present

  • Don’t worry about getting ahead of others, focus on what you are doing right now – play your own game
  • Be present and the rest will take care of itself
  • Being in the present will allow you to achieve peak performance
  • Don’t focus too much on the future and don’t get caught up in the past, this is a recipe for mediocrity

Erase Failure and Get Back Up

  • You’re ability to deal with failure and setback will determine whether or not you have what it takes to achieve what you are truly capable of in your life
  • Often the second wave of opportunity is better than the first so don’t beat yourself up. Your friends are on their first wave of opportunity
  • If you keep critiquing yourself with others then you are likely miss out on the second wave of opportunity which is often better than the first

Be Patient

  • There is no need to live life 100 mph, just slow down because you will get where you want to go much faster and you are less likely to suffer a setback

Small is Better

  • Don’t make gigantic leaps because it is the small things in life that make the big difference and you will spend less effort for more results

 Timing is Important

  • Take advantage of opportunities that may not be present in the good times.
  • Tough economic times often drive people towards innovation and breakthrough and this just happens to be timing at work

Wave Selection is the Key

  • The key to success in any area of life is dependent on the choices you make so choose wisely
  • Catching the right wave will enable you to catch one wave after another
  • Choose the wrong wave and you will have to endure a hard time and work extra hard to pull your head out of the water

Laugh and Smile Everyday

  • The age old saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is still true
  • It is a medicine that you won’t find in any pharmacy and costs you absolutely nothing

Srini’s analogy of viewing life’s opportunities and chances as waves provides a fresh and sensible way of looking at life.  This may be the only success principle you need to follow. It has certainly allowed me to look at life from a different perspective, and it may do the same for you too.

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Inspirational Character from Movies – Chris Gardner

Pursuit of Happyness may not be many people’s choice as a favorite movie but it is a very memorable movie for me, and one of the slightly better movies on TV over the festive period.  It was memorable for me because it revealed in spectacular detail the struggles and stresses we face as human beings. By the end of the movie I was left absolutely dumbfounded because I had to remind myself that this was a true story. A man and his son actually went through this. It was also the first time a movie had brought tears to my eyes (the softy that I am). Chris Gardner was a phenomenal hero of his own life. The story of Chris Gardner is very touching because it reveals the worst that can happen to any capable person. Gardner is a bright salesman and family man. When an investment goes bad, his family is brought to the brink of financial disaster. As time progresses and the family’s troubles intensify, Chris’s wife leaves him and their son to move to another city. Chris becomes broke and he and his son rely on homeless shelters for food and a place to sleep. Chris goes through immense hardship personally and financially but takes some solace when he sees an opportunity for a stockbroker internship position come up. He then becomes totally dedicated to this opportunity driven by an unflinching commitment to his son. Chris faces one challenge and setback after another (including failing to sell a bone density scanner) but his resolve remains strong. In the end, it was his commitment and self belief that won him the job.

Here are some insights into Chris’s character:

  1. He didn’t let his problems define him
  2. He didn’t want any sympathy from anybody
  3. He cherished his relationship with his son
  4. He did things he wasn’t comfortable with
  5. He didn’t let his feelings get the better off him
  6. He persevered – adamant and determined to sell the scanner despite all its flaws
  7. He remained professional throughout his troubles
  8. He believed in his abilities

These are eight things that stood out to me from the character of Chris Gardner but the one thing that kept Chris Gardner going despite all his hardship was that he was proactive in everything he did.  It was this momentum that spurred him to win the job he so desperately wanted, and by doing so he was able to reverse his fortunes.  It takes a big man to fall from grace and manage to get back on his feet again. Chris Gardner is living proof that bouncing back from despair is possible.