Last weekend I listened to Steve Nash’s speech as he was enshrined into the basketball Hall of Fame. As he closed his speech, he was talking to his kids, and to all kids with their life in front of them. I found his words touching enough to write them down. These words can be an inspiration to us all to find that passion within us, and go after our goals.
“Find something you love to do. Do it every day. Be obsessed. Balance can come later. Use your imagination. Put pen to paper. Declare your intentions. Set small goals. Knock them off. Set more goals. Gain momentum. Build confidence. Grow a deep belief. Outwork people. Play the long game. You don’t have to be the chosen one. The secret is to build a resolve and spirit to enjoy the plateaus – the times when it doesn’t feel like you’re improving and you question why your doing this. If you’re patient, the plateaus will become springboards. Finally, never stop striving, reaching for your goals until you get there. But the truth is even when you get there – even when you get here, standing on the stage – it’s the striving, fighting, and pushing yourself to the limit every day that you’ll miss and you’ll long for. You’ll never be more alive than when you give something everything you have.”
Here’s hoping your plateaus become springboards to bigger things!
People with chronic illnesses or pain often feel like they have transformed into someone else, perhaps even someone they no longer recognize. It takes strength and courage to deal with long-term pain and illness, while staying true to your authentic self.
Here’s to being able to bloom where you are planted, face challenges that come your way, transform into a stronger being, and find your authenticity and strength.💛
I have a super busy next couple of weeks, as my software upgrade project at work is coming to fruition. User training starts today. As I am the project manager, I need all of the energy and strength I can get. Failure is not an option. Nor is taking a much needed break, so of course I am in fibro flare mode, and my shoulder and neck are acting up.
Although I tweeted this out for #MondayMotivation, I am recycling this quote for a little #WednesdayWisdom to get me through the next few weeks.
“With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Remember, every day is a new day to begin again. Hope you all have a beautiful rest of your week! Positive vibes and thoughts for all!
“Life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein
Some days this is my mantra, because if I stop moving I will lose my balance, my momentum, and my energy to get anything done. That is life with Fibromyalgia…
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ~Mark Twain
If you enjoy reading as much as I do, I hope you can find a little time this weekend to enjoy a good book, short story, or even a magazine. Here’s what I’m reading when I can find a few minutes to myself:
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
- People People by Scott Christopher
- Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
What are you reading?
For some people the phrase “failure is not an option” are words to live by. I tend to look at things a little differently. I had a boss a long time ago who used to tell me, “No guts, no glory” when I was a little hesitant to push a button on an upgrade. Those words helped me gain confidence and get over my fear of failing, because even if I failed, I learned something from the experience.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
So don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Be afraid of never trying!
How exactly do we as managers and leaders, or even as parents, get people to open up and step up?
A few years ago I attended a user conference for a software company and one of their keynote speakers was Dr. John Izzo. I was so enthralled with the story he told about the origin of the Starbucks’ frappuccino and his message of “Stepping Up” and personal responsibility that I attended another session he gave at that conference and started subscribing to his newsletters. He always has several nuggets of leadership wisdom that I love to share on social media sites, and he inspired a blog I posted awhile back on my company’s intranet site. So I thought I would expand upon that and share some thoughts on finding our own simple ways to lead.
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