Tag Archives: Motivation Monday

Monday Morning Motivation – Women for Tri

26 Dec

I love this video from Women For Tri.

One day, I’ll swim, I’ll bike and I’ll run.

One day, I’ll make my mum proud.

One day, she’ll stand on the sidelines and watch me finish…

because today, I stand and watch her.

One day, I’ll be an Ironman.

You never know who might be watching and being inspired by you 🙂


Monday Morning Motivation – Who do you want to be?

19 Dec

Do you have six minutes to be motivated this week? Yes? Watch on… No? OK, the simple answer is hard work! 🙂

Will Smith: For me it has been to be that guy that does what people say can’t be done, you know, and I think it started with trying to please my mother and trying to please my grandmother and they always wanted higher for me, they always wanted more for me and it got to the point that I wanted to be something. I wanted to be somebody. I want to be the person that is the first person there and the last person to leave. That’s who I want to be, because I think that the road to success is through commitment and through the strength to drive through that commitment when it gets hard… and it is going to get hard and you’re gonna want to quit sometimes, but it’ll be coloured by who you are and more who you want to be.

Jared Leto: I think some people, and maybe I used to think, once you got successful you could (sigh) – ah, you’re successful and ok, now you can kind of just relax a little bit and that’s not the case at all. You have to pedal even harder. You have to work even more. There are more opportunities that need more time and dedication and in order to do them well you have to really, really hunker down and do the hard work… but I’ve never been afraid of hard work and I always tell people when I’m asked – and it’s pretty often I’m asked about dreams and achieving creative goals – that I always believed that the bridge between reality and a dream is work. I always, in moments of despair and doubt and dark days, focus on work. I show up and work and work and work.
Gary Vaynerchuk: Talk about passion. Passion’s the game. If you are pissed that you’re falling asleep, then you’re winning and if you’re not, you’re losing. It’s as simple as that! I’m convinced with every piece of my soul that the far majority of the people in this room do not love to death what they do. I started Wine Library TV on my 30th birthday. I was driving from New York to New Jersey, to the store, and realised I was only ninety-nine percent happy. That one percent made me change my entire life.
Les Brown: If you’re not one hundred percent pumped every second. If you actually are happy it’s the weekend, or are pumped to go on vacation, your shit is broken! There’s a dirty word that nobody ever wants to talk about. It’s the dirtiest word in the game: work. You have to work your fucking face off to kill it and there is no substitute and the only way you’re going to work 15 hours a day and pay that sacrifice to be away from your loved ones and travel and hustle is if you’re doing something around the subject matter that you live and breathe and die for.
Chris Ross: I was going to give a presentation and this voice inside of me said, ‘You can’t do this! You don’t have everything it takes!’ I shut up. I have got to do it. You’ll get scared sometimes. Your mind will go blank on you! Some people you will allow to unnerve you. You wonder what’s wrong with me, I’m not crazy. That’s why you got to learn to make a conscious, deliberate determined effort to stand up inside yourself. Working on yourself, watching that inner dialogue that will determine the quality of your life. No-one’s gonna tell you when to throw a left, right or jab… but life will throw obstacles at you. People can give you advice. People can tell you what they went through, but you can’t give up! Any time you see an obstacle (which I call a tree), you are the answer (which I call the axe). Anytime you chop one tree down, it takes more than one try. It may take 100, maybe two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, but you can’t give up after one try! Keep going. You’re gonna have to fight. Someday, if they feel like you can’t make it through, you just have to take one more step. You have to think about what got you over yesterday, but when you cry you won’t regret going through everything you had to go through. Take the shot. Right now! This is the perfect moment. I want you to go after all your dreams. somebody needs to hear the words of your testimony. Somebody needs to know how you made it!

Monday Morning Motivation – Ironman Objective

12 Dec

Do you have two minutes to spare? This inspirational triathlon training video with Christophe Suquet is a great way to start your week.





Ironman Objective.

If you’d like to learn more about Christophe (and can speak French), you can follow his blog: http://christophesuquet.over-blog.com


Monday Morning Motivation – The greatest of all time

28 Nov

Who can fail to be inspired by ‘the fastest human ever timed’: Usain Bolt. “Lightning Bolt” is the holder of 9 gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at three consecutive Olympics as well as an eleven-time World Champion.

Good things come to those who believe.

Better things come to those who are patient.

And the best things come to those who never give up.

But before anything else, you have to believe.

“It’s hard. It’s like hard work. It’s day in, day out sacrifice. day in, day out.”

“Faster means they’re not going to catch me. No matter who you are, no matter what you’re doing, no matter how focussed you are, no matter how ready you think you are, you’re not going to catch me ’cause that last 10 metres is going to take me three and a half strides to cross the finish line… and this is where the glory begins because when I cross the finish line, I do what I want. Celebrate ‘To di world’. Do crazy stuff because I put my flavour to it. I make them love and enjoy.”

“He has some very special qualities, but as a competitor and as a person he has the ability to focus”.

Don’t think about the start of the race. Think about the ending. – Usain Bolt

Monday Morning Motivation – Labels against women

21 Nov

Continuing with my feminist inspiration on a Monday morning, I thought I’d share this Filipino commercial for Pantene shampoo. It shows some of the dichotomies that women face. We’re encouraged to be more ‘masculine’ to succeed in a man’s world, but then are berated for that behaviour. A man who states his opinions firmly and strongly is labelled a ‘boss’ whereas a woman is simply ‘bossy’. Here are some more examples of this paradigm:

  • Persuasive -> pushy
  • Dedicated -> selfish
  • Neat -> vain
  • Smooth -> show-off

Whatever your feelings on this duality, the key message is applicable to everyone:

Don’t let labels hold you back.

Be strong and shine.

Monday Morning Motivation – Girls Can

14 Nov

I like this Covergirl advert about female empowerment and breaking barriers. Featuring a host of stars who’ve been trail-blazers in their respective fields, I find this advert inspirational.

Ellen DeGeneres: Girls can’t. Sometimes you hear it, but more often, you feel it.

Pink: Girls can’t rock.
Katy Perry: Girls can’t be strong.
Natalie Wiebe: Girls can’t check.
Ellen DeGeneres: Girls can’t be funny.
Becky G: Girls can’t rap.
Sofia Vergara: [Spanish]
Queen Latifah: Girls can’t run the show.
Janelle Monae: Girls can’t dance crazy.
Queen Latifah: Yeah. Girls can.
Natalie Wiebe: My sport is ice hockey. Everybody told me that I couldn’t do it. You have to just be courageous.
Pink: I was always told singers really should just sing. OK. Well, let’s just challenge that whole notion.
Queen Latifah: I heard that girls couldn’t rap, I rap. Girls couldn’t own businesses, I own my own business.
Pink: I like it when people say you can’t do something.
Ellen DeGeneres: You know, I just learned that you have to be yourself.
Janelle Monae: Girls can’t?
Natalie Wiebe: Yes they can.
Katy Perry: Come on, Cover Girls.
Becky G: Rap.
Ellen DeGeneres: Be funny.
Janelle Monae: Be off-the-wall.
Pink: Rock.
Katy Perry: Be strong.
Queen Latifah: Run the show.
Ellen DeGeneres: Make the world a little more easy, breezy, and beautiful.

Monday Morning Motivation – Limitless passion

24 Oct
My mom wanted me to be a truck driver because that would mean I would make $24 000 a year if I went to truck masters and that’d be twice with my father made. And she thought that would happen, but something inside of me said, “I don’t want to drive a truck. There’s something else that matters more to me” and I decided I was not going to go for money instead of passion, and the rewards been pretty amazingly better than being a truck driver It’s not about being a truck driver; it is just not what I was after. I look back and one of the things that helped me was my original teacher, Jim Round, a personal development speaker I went to hear when I was 17.
He said something the first time I heard him. He said, “You know it’s really simple. If you want life to change, you gotta change. If you want life to be better, you’ve got to get better! It’s the only way it happens” and luck will show up for other people and it will leave them, but if you’re constantly improving who you are and what you give, game over!
When people ask me, ‘What does it take to be happy?’ I always tell them one word: progress. Progress equals happiness. Even if you’re not where you want to be yet, if you’re on the road, if you’re improving, if you’re making progress. You’re going to love it. You’re going to feel alive. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how successful you are, if you stop growing, you start dying inside.
I’ve always had this belief: if you want to be successful in anything in life never leave the site of setting a goal without doing something that commits you to fulfillment.
If you get like you’re in state right when you do something, while you’re in state, that’s the time to commit yourself to something that makes you follow through.
So, I’d call somebody up. I’d schedule something. I’d lock in the next meeting. I sign up for the class. I’d enrol the guy who was going to mentor me. I’d set the meeting with a mastermind of people I’d met. I did something so that whatever I committed to, there was something when I went home that would pull me there. It’s structure.
This could be the greatest time you ever live… if you control what you focus on, if you find a more empowering meaning and if you decide to model the actions of those who succeeded before you. It can be the best financial time, the best emotional time, that spiritual time of your life, but you better take control of your state and if you think you’re going to do it just by today, you’re wrong!
You’re going to need to get yourself some rituals. Right now every one of you in this room is controlled by your rituals. I don’t just mean this one. I mean every morning you get up. I know your body. I can look at your body right now and I can guess your rituals. Some of you, your ritual’s to work out five times a week. I can see it clearly. Four to six times a week. It’s obvious. Because you couldn’t look like that if you didn’t do that. Some form of work out. I don’t care if it’s walking, lifting, whatever. Somebody is obviously lifting weights as part of it, you can see by that man’s muscles. I know. I know what his rituals are because your life comes from your rituals. If you don’t develop the ritual, you’re kidding yourself. How many of you agree with me on this? Raise your hand and say, ‘Aye!’
And there are rituals that put you in state and rituals that take you out of state.
But if you’ve got what you know that focus, the target and you got the toolbox, and you’re still not getting what you want, it’s because you got inner conflicts. That what they’re doing. You’ve got to resolve your inner conflicts. Because what I’m trying to explain to you is eighty percent success in anything is your psychology and 20 percent is the mechanics. So, those inner conflicts are when you take two steps forward and pull three steps back.
Right when you say, “Boy I am totally committed to this”, but you don’t follow through. This is my expertise – the why guy part. Why? Why do you keep saying you want this? You have crystal clarity. You have the tools and you’re still not getting it. There’s a conflict in you. Align your life to what is most important and then once you’re in a position where you’re aligned, guess what you’ll do – take action! You only have to work at it. When everything is in alignment, there’s nothing pulling you away – boom! You go for it.
Progress comes when you tell yourself the truth and you’re able to feel the uncertainty and take action anyway. The thing that stops us is always fear. It’s no surprise. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, fear of not looking good and that fear we could translate into the simple thing of uncertainty. Now, when you look at someone who’s incredibly successful, you look at someone who is truly a leader in their life, or in their field, the one thing they have in common is they exude this sense of certainty. Where’s that come from? Is it inborn? Are they lucky? Are things just going their way? No! Great leaders know to step on the uncertainty and bring the certainty to the situation.
Most people in life… we really feel like the level of stress in our life comes to: how much of life do you feel like you control? How much does life control you? You tend to control more what’s going on or are events controlling it? It’s very easy as those events start to take control and unless we take control of what’s between our ears, our own minds. You see, what you and I focus on massively affects how we feel – whether we are thriving or surviving. If you focus on what you can’t control, if you focus on the past, if you focus on what’s missing from your life constantly, that pattern of focus will make you frustrated, overwhelmed and depressed. It won’t even matter if your taking antidepressants, if you keep focusing on what you can’t control, on what’s missing from your life, you’re going to feel depressed. You can take as many antidepressants as you want. Focus equals power. If you want to thrive, you got to focus on what you can control. You got to focus on the difference you can make. You got to focus on what’s already in your life that you’re grateful for, so you’ve got to find a story that’s going to empower you to act. A story that is going to get you to find a breakthrough, because otherwise with a lousy story you’ll never find the strategy, or you’ll come up with a reason why it’s too expensive, you can’t get there, you can’t access it… or you’ll even get the strategy and then half-ass applying it, just so you can reward your story and say it doesn’t work as I tried it.
Resourcefulness is the ultimate resource. And if you don’t have what you want, stop telling yourself the story, because you don’t have the money, you don’t have the time – that’s bullshit! It’s because you haven’t committed yourself where you would burn your boats. If you want to take the fucking island, burn your fucking boats. And you will take the ante, because people when they’re going to the die or succeed tend to succeed. But most of us give ourselves a way out, and that’s why we don’t have what we want.
I think about where this journey began for me… my desire to serve. You know every day, before I get on stage, I do this thing with myself, at a peak state. My last words are usually, ‘Lord’. You know, I have my prayer and every day my goal is to be a blessing in people’s lives. Just do more, get more, share more, create more and what you need will be there. It’s like air, you don’t stop to think about when you take a breath wehether it’ll be there or not, it’s always going to be there. You just gotta do your part.

Monday Morning Motivation – Meet Non Stanford’s Toughest Opponent

17 Oct

Triathlon is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Mastering three disciplines simultaneously puts an immense amount of pressure on an athlete’s body.

After a string of injuries forced Non Stanford to take a break from her sport in 2008, it was the mental strain of starting all over again that challenged her the most. It was during this period that Non had to learn true patience, accepting her limits, understanding her body and controlling the urge to push beyond what she could do. The gruelling and often lonely training tested Non’s mental resilience. While many athletes would have thrown in the towel, Non used the experience to emerge a more complete competitor.

There is no greater opponent than the one inside your own head. We explore the mind game that every athlete has to overcome on the path to greatness.

Non Stanford:

To go from World Champion to not even being able to stand on a start line was pretty tough. I was pushing a bit harder in training and got injured. Patience is one of the most valuable lessons that I’ve learnt as a triathlete. I’ve had to learn it the hard way. Everyone has self doubts or moments of weakness. It makes you more tough at the end of the day.

Tomorrow I will be more patient.

Monday Morning Motivation – Bounce by Matthew Syed

15 Sep

I’m really interested in Matthew Syed’s hypothesis that talent is a myth and that success is a consequence of purposeful practice.


It is hard to summarise all of Syed’s arguments, but here are some of the elements that he says make someone successful (in sports):

  • Having access to the appropriate kit/facilities
  • Having easy access to a suitable training partner (how many high-profile siblings can you think of? Venus and Serena Williams; Alistair and Jonny Brownlee; Anton and Rio Ferdinand; Andy and Jamie Murray; Tony and Rory Underwood; Phil and Gary Neville; Vitaly and Wladimir Klitschko; Michael and Ralf Schumacher…)
  • Having access to a good coach
  • Having access to a club or training group
  • Ability to make quick decisions based on expert knowledge (using chunking patterns)
  • Body type
  • Purposeful practice
  • Responding to feedback
  • Mindset
  • Spark of motivation
  • A belief system
  • Optimism

Suggesting that talent is a myth means that no-one can say that they are not good at something because they were not born with a special ability. I find this to be motivational as it means that my success in life is (mainly) down to my own efforts, with only a bit of luck and genes thrown in.

What do you think of Syed’s hypothesis?

Monday Morning Motivation – Heather Dorniden

7 Jul

Now married and a professional middle distance runner known as Heather Rae Kampf, Heather Dorniden is well-known on the internet for a 600m race back in 2008, where she fell, but got back up and went on to win the race. Many people in Heather’s position would have given up, but she was determined to finish the race and says that the sound of the crowd and the adrenaline that was pumping around her body were enough to help her to win the race.

What would it take to get you to finish a race if you had fallen?