Category Archives: Inspirational

To realize the value of time…(making the most of a New Year)

As you begin the New Year with goals and resolutions. It might seem that you have plenty of time to complete them and the illusion of endless time might give you an excuse to push your goals further away. Even with 365 days or 8760 hours to complete your resolutions, I want you to think differently this year ,to value each second, minute, hour, day, week, and month as if you might not get another.

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite poems about the value of time.

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To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

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Time is precious, make the most of it.

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The Best of 2012

I wanted to take today, to feature some of my favorite posts from this year (the last four months).

I started Find My Motivation in September with some posts focused on my personal experiences.

October touched on many themes of blog such as your environment and using the Law of Attraction.

In November I wrote about overcoming a barrier known as age. (I am too old) or (I am too young).

December 2012 included a bunch of ups and downs for me. Learning from my failures was necessary for my personal growth.

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Exercise:

Did I miss one that you think should have been on my list? (Please let me know below) – no registration required.

If you have any comments, suggestions for future topics, or want write contact me at findmymotivation@gmail.com.

My blog is updated daily. Come back tomorrow for another article.

Keep Going

My friend Sam sent me this link at the end of last year before finals. With finals coming up again for students, I thought it would be great to pass the video on. Whether you are religious or not, the message in this video is clear: keep going, you don’t know what you are capable of until you exceed it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLyWhb2Ufrw

Exercise:

Watch the video.

If you have any comments, suggestions for future topics, or want write contact me at findmymotivation@gmail.com.

My blog is updated daily. Come back tomorrow for another article.

Life is a Gift

One of the themes of my blog is learning to love yourself. One reason people have personal goals is to build self-confidence, but before goals will help you improve your self-esteem, you have to learn to love yourself.

This is one of my favorite proses, because it helps me appreciate life more, to get back up when I am down, and to not feel discouraged when my goals seem so far away.

(Words in [] are my additions)

Life Is A Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word– think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food– think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife [boyfriend or girlfriend]– think of someone who is crying out for a companion.

Today before you complain about life– think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children– think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep– think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive– think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job [or school work]– think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down – Put a smile on your face and think: you’re alive and still around.

Exercise:

Follow the advice of the poem.

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The MBA and the Mexican Fisherman (The Important Things in Life)

When setting and determining your goals, consider what is important to you. You might find it is closer than you think.

The following story has been surfacing on the web for many years and I thought…well you will see after reading it.

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The MBA and the Mexican Fisherman

An American businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied only a little while.

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.

“You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

The American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed, and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You’ll become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions, senor?” replied the Mexican. “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

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Exercise:

What are your priorities?

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My blog is updated daily. Return tomorrow for another article.

86 year old Gymnast competes in pre-Olympics gymnastics event

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about age excusitis (using age as a excuse for not completing your goal). Last night, I found this video that absolutely astonished me. In the video featured below, Gymnast Johanna Quaas, age 86, displays a grace and agility that would make people a fifth her age jealous. I will keep this article short because the video is all I need to demonstrate my point that age is only a number.

Video here

Exercise:

Watch the 1-minute video of Johanna Quaas

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