Today’s Wednesday Motivation is a video that is worth saving for future reference. Take 6 minutes and 44 seconds of your precious time to watch it. It is something you will need some day, when you are down and out, beaten by LIFE. However you have to invest the energy to reflect on the words and follow the advices. If you do, it will lift you up and get you going. Believe in yourself, follow your dream!
Have you given up on a dream of yours lately? Did you think, because you failed in the past in what you were pursuing, that you will get the same result. If these thoughts have crossed your mind, then you might me suffering from learned helplessness. This might be a familiar concept to you, but it was totally new to me when I first heard it from Anthony Robbins. Not knowing anything about learned helplessness, even though I suffered from it, I went researching the term and the following is what I found out.
“The concept of learned helplessness was discovered accidentally by psychologists Martin Seligman
and Steven F. Maier. They had initially observed helpless behavior in dogs that were classically conditioned to expect an electrical shock after hearing a tone. Later, the dogs were placed in a shuttlebox that contained two chambers separated by a low barrier. The floor was electrified on one side, and not on the other. The dogs previously subjected to the classical conditioning
made no attempts to escape, even though avoiding the shock simply involved jumping over a low barrier.”
The dogs which were subjected to electrical shock believe they had no control over their situation. So they accepted their plight and did nothing. Now humans are not very different when it comes to
You are unique and this is your life!
There is no one like you and there will never be. By the same token, everyone else is, so there is no use trying to be someone else because you will never succeed in that. People are entitled to their opinions, just don’t let them to draw out your inner voice. This is your life. Live it today with no regrets. Don’t put it on hold, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Take care of yourself, for yourself and the ones you care about. That’s the best gift you can give them.
Don’t regret the things you did not do yesterday. That will only take you off course for the things you should be doing today! The past is spilled milk, this… is your life. Don’t destroy it living someone else’s. Imitation is Suicide said Emerson. This is your life, it is yours to live by you and only you. I came across the following advices about life and wanted to share them with you
Have you ever asked yourself why you are here on this earth, or why you do what you do? If you haven’t, now is the time to take a minute and reflect upon it. Most of us are like people running on a treadmill, making a lot of noise but going nowhere. Not knowing your purpose in life will jeopardize your achievement. If you don’t find out what you were called for to do, you will spend your life building someone else’s dream.
Whatever you are doing right now may not necessarily be your why, or may be it is! Only you can determine that. However, here is a tip: if time and money were not a problem, if you were a billionaire with no worries about income, how would spend your time, what would you do? Whatever your answer is, that’s exactly what you should be doing, that’s what you
Are you using your imagination enough? If you don’t you are missing out on a lot! Imagination is the most important tool you possess for building your future. Being “realistic” will only lead to a life of “average”. The people who will change the world for the better are the ones who are crazy enough to believe they can. Always remember that a life of reality has boundaries but the life of imagination is limitless. Walt Disney used to say “if you can dream it, you can do it” and I believe it is true, the more you can imaging the life of your dreams, the better chances you have in accomplishing it.
Follow these simple rules in life: Imagine it, Go for it, ask for it, Keep going until you get it! Today’s Wednesday Motivation if from Nora Roberts.
I read my first personal development book some 22 years ago and was ever since hooked. Thru the years I had the honor and the privilege to learn from many teachers, one of those teachers is Dr. Napoleon Hill whose whose writings I can never get enough of. I just stumbled onto one of his beautiful essay on life and wanted to share with you here today.
“Life, you can’t subdue me because I refuse to take your discipline too seriously. When you try to hurt me, I laugh — and the laughter knows no pain. I appreciate your joys wherever I find them; your sorrows neither frighten nor discourage me, for there is laughter in my soul.
“Temporary defeat does not make me sad. I simply set music to the words of defeat and turn it into a song. Your tears are not for me, for I like laughter much better, and because I like it, I use it as a substitute for grief and sorrow and pain and disappointment.
“Life, you are a fickle trickster — don’t deny it. You slipped the emotion of love into my heart so that you might use it as a thorn with which to prick my soul — but I learned to dodge your trap with laughter. You tried to lure me with the desire for gold, but I have fooled you by following the trail which leads to knowledge instead. You induced me to build beautiful friendships — then converted my friends to enemies
In my last post on Kindness, I talked about the golden rule. I truly believe that if we take the time to understand and to apply it in every aspect of our lives, we will live fearlessly, happily, and enjoy a lot of success. Simply explained, the Golden rule is the ethic of reciprocity and it is found in many religious writings in the following terms:
- Islam – Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
- Christianity – Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them
- Judaism – You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
- Hinduism – One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire.
Zig Ziglar summed it up in the following quotation which is today’s Wednesday Motivation.
In his book The power of Intention Dr. Wayne Dyer tells a story where her daughter, Amber, was recipient of one small act of Kindness, which ended up going a long way. On her way to her University, she always passes thru a toll road. One day as she was coming thru, she reached out for her purse to pay the toll, but the toll both attendant told her not to worry about it because the person in front of her had already paid for her toll. Surprised, she insisted, “but I am traveling alone”. Yes I understand said the toll both attendant, however the the gentleman instructed to tell the next person to come to have a great day, the toll has already been paid. The young lady thanked the attendant and drove off beaming with joy. She could not wait to share her blessing with the first person she meets.
That small gesture of kindness started a chain reaction. Her recipient shared it with some friends at the University and many of them started doing the same thing, thus making the day for a lot of people. Amber decided to pay it forward one day while she was at the grocery store. Behind her was a lady with a toddler who was very antsy, noticing the uneasy situation, Amber decided to let the woman check out before her. The lady thanked her
Watch one of the most powerful videos you will ever see. Pay attention to how in the face of danger, some people don’t even think twice about putting their own lives in danger to save another one.
Today’s is a guest post from a very good friend of mine, Babayel Diallo. Baba is an entrepreneur whose ideas on personal development are very powerful and worth sharing. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in psychology. He is a reader and a contributor of this blog. You can follow him on Facebook here..
Don’t take to your grave the best you have to offer!
The riches in the world are not found in the famous gold and diamond mines, where many men and women are digging for them. Most riches in the world are found in the cemeteries and grave yards, buried with people’s dreams, aspirations, and unfulfilled potential. Why is it so?
Countless men and women die without never having the courage to follow their own paths, the paths they alone could fill in this earth. Maybe because they were afraid to violate some kind of societal norms, or maybe they were afraid to be alone -as most paths for self-actualization require of us-, or maybe simply because they preferred to settle for the familiar. They went to the grave, with a song that will never be heard, a piece of poetry never written, a dance step never initiated, a heart full of dreams and aspirations; leaving behind a life full of potential yet no legacy.
Michael Jordan one of the greatest athlete of all time once said “I can fail, but I cannot afford not trying
“. Life remains a beautiful journey if we learn to take that step, to work that path. Every challenge and defeat in the process becomes a light post that sharpens the vision and shapes the direction forward.