50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything
Good morning loyal readers,
Welcome back to leadership and motivation article.
Everyday, we deal with challenges with so many level, from easy until insane.
Yes, some of us would accept, avoid, and move and reduce it.
Hey, sound like risk management approach.
Yap, it’s true, we need to manage our problem, no matter how it takes.
You would find a million stories from other colleagues, but let we focus on some aspects.
Let we begin with history that I choose from the source http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/16/19-successful-people-who-failed_n_6438868.html
Thomas Edison was even told that he was “too stupid to learn anything” by one of his teachers early on in life.
Then, he tried to invent a light bulb, and his positive saying, “I have not failed 10,000 times — I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.
They said that he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas“.
Honda, first failed to get a job with Toyota, he took to making scooters in his own garage.
Vincent van Gogh
He managed to create almost 900 paintings in a span of 10 years, yet he only lived to see a single one sold (which went to a friend at a very low price).
Before the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll hit it big, he was told by the Grand Ole Opry manager in Nashville that he would be better off going back to his job as a truck driver than pursuing a career in music. Elvis many have never returned to that venue for another concert, but it’s obvious he didn’t have to go back to prove Jim Denny wrong.
Before J.K. Rowling hit it big with Harry Potter, she was a broke, divorced single mother struggling to get by on welfare. In a matter of five years, the series took off, leading her to become the first billionaire author.
He may now be one of the most successful filmmakers in the world, but the University of Southern California refused to give Steven Spielberg a shot in the School of Theater, Film and Television — three times. He clearly didn’t take no for an answer as he went on to pursue directing, and the school awarded him an honorary degree in 1994.
Einstein was a late bloomer, not speaking until age 4 or reading until age 7. These challenges did not prevent him from winning the Nobel prize in physics for discovering the photoelectric effect and developing the relativity theory. There’s no doubt that the folks at Zurich Polytechnic School regret their initial rejection of the man whose name is now synonymous with “genius.”
Okay, what can you conclude from the stories?
Can you find any similarity?
- I can do anything. Yes, most of them came from bottom, unsuccessful life / work. They’re not avoid it. They make their own path, create new life with their own perception and willingness.
- Mistake are leaning opportunities. Absolutely true. You can imagine if Thomas Alfa and Einstein stop, our world would not the same again today. Or, maybe we can not see the Harry Potter movie just like today :).
- I’m in control my own destiny. Just took example from Honda. If he still continue to find another job and not create a scooter in his garage, we would not drive a Honda today :).
Hmnn, maybe some of you are still not click with this topic.
Lets we start with another stories from source http://www.businessinsider.co.id/billionaires-who-came-from-nothing-2013-12/?r=US&IR=T#.VoyzZlkXclQ
Ralph Lauren was once a clerk at Brooks Brothers dreaming of men’s ties.
Net worth: $7.7 billion (as of Sept. 2013)
Lauren graduated high school in the Bronx, N.Y., but later dropped out of college to join the Army. It was while working as a clerk at Brooks Brothers that Lauren questioned whether men were ready for wider and brighter designs in ties. The year he decided to make his dream a reality, 1967, Lauren sold $500,000 worth of ties. He started Polo the next year.
Oracle’s Larry Ellison dropped out of college after his adoptive mother died and held odd jobs for eight years.
Net worth: $41 billion (as of Sept. 2013)
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to a single mother, Ellison was raised by his aunt and uncle in Chicago. After his aunt died, Ellison dropped out of college and moved to California to work odd jobs for the next eight years. He founded software development company Oracle in 1977, which is now one of the largest technology companies in the world.
Legendary trader George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary and arrived in London as an impoverished college student.
Net worth: $20 billion (as of Sept. 2013)
In his early teens, Soros posed as the godson of an employee of the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture in order to stay safe from the Nazi occupation of Hungary. In 1947, Soros escaped the country to live with his relatives in London. He put himself through the London School of Economics working as a waiter and railway porter.
Okay, lets discuss the similarity:
- I deserve more. They were come from poor condition. They’re not give up. They said to them self to be a great person in the world, someday. Then, they make it happen in the following years and years.
- Everybody start somewhere. They come from bottom and start to change their life. It’s not easy but they made it happen.
- Every day counts. They count day by day, change it little by little, and prove it single by single.
All of these stories are related with risk of life. Like it or not, you are part of it.
These words are not enough?
Okay, I give you once more from source http://topyaps.com/the-top-10-rich-people-who-were-once-poor
1. Jim Carrey:
The star, who has won millions of hearts and even “God” in Bruce Almighty, once actually lived in a VW camper van and tents for years. According to him those tough times made him what he is today. Carrey, known for his matchless sense of humor, developed it as a trait while growing up in those difficult conditions.
2. Mariah Carey:
Mariah Carey grew up in the poorest locality in Long Island. Not knowing of the normal childhood treats like toys and games, she found amusement in setting her parent’s car on fire or killing her dog by poisoning. Lessons learnt in living a childhood in poverty is what turned Carey into the person she is today. Undoubtedly she is one of those many rich people from the entertainment circuit who grew-up in poorer circumstances.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio:
The eye-candy and Hollywood heart-throb DiCaprio also makes it to the list of rich people who overcame severe adversity to come out winners. He grew up from a neighborhood of prostitutes and drug dealers to become an ace actor. Surely going by his screen image, one would not know of the past that made the man.
4. Oprah Winfrey:
She presents the most inspiring stories on TV ever, but her own life is no less moving. Winfrey has lived a childhood, which included sexual abuse, utter poverty with barely hand-to-mouth earnings from a farmland. She is now worth $2.4 billion, and will soon launch her own Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel. Yet, she stays grounded by putting in most of her recourses into social welfare and exposing the evils of the society.
5. Charlie Chaplin:
Charlie Chaplin had seen a distressful and traumatic childhood, before he became the greatest actor of the silent era. He grew father-less, and his mother being in a mental hospital. He raised his brother and himself, making petty living. The way he lived out the most unimaginable hardships, his life story became the most heart wrenching rags to riches stories ever.
- I can master whatever I need to do. Yes, you can see above are TV and movie star. They learn and master it.
- Ordinary actions make an ordinary life. Yes, if they just continue with their old life, they will become what they want to on old times. They resist it and become a master.
- The risk is worth it. They’re suffer and have to deal with high risk of life. But, they just move on and continue to make a changes.
Every day is a new day and we need to explore and praise for it.
Then, we are exploring 25 positive quotes to motivate ours that related with above examples (source: http://www.inc.com/sujan-patel/101-inspiring-quotes-from-the-most-successful-people-in-history.html).
50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything
Motivation can be hard to come by, especially in the face of challenges or difficult work. When you’re thinking about implementing that new idea, or starting that new company or beginning that new regimen — this is the new year, after all — it’s easy to talk yourself into procrastinating. Or worse, avoiding your goal altogether.
Thoughts are powerful, and negative thoughts can prevent you from achieving your goals. The flip side is that positive thoughts can be just as powerful. The next time you feel unmotivated, use any of these 50 positive thoughts to reenergize yourself. Really: They work!
1. I can do anything. It’s a simple phrase, but it helps to remind yourself — you really can do anything you set your mind to.
2. This is why I can. Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t do something, give yourself reasons why you can.
3. I deserve more. You deserve a better life — whether that means a better job, a healthier body or more money. Work for it.
4. It’s never too late. No matter how old you are or how many opportunities you’ve passed up before, it’s never too late to make a decision and get a fresh start.
5. There will always be challenges. No matter what you do in life, there will always be challenges — don’t let one set get the better of you.
6. There’s no “perfect” time. If you’re waiting for the perfect moment, forget about it — there’s no such thing.
7. There’s no perfect plan. There are some definite flaws in your plan — but there are in every plan.
8. Everybody starts somewhere. Nobody is born successful. Everyone starts somewhere, and usually from the bottom.
9. One step at a time. Don’t try to do everything at once. Reduce it to baby steps.
10. It can only get better. If it’s hard at first, it can only get easier.
11. Failure is temporary. If you fail, you’re in good company — most successes come only after several rounds of failure.
12. Mistakes are learning opportunities. If you mess up, you can only become better for it.
13. Today is all I can control. Forget about what you did yesterday. Today is what matters.
14. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Nothing worth doing is easy.
15. “Someday” is today. If you’re like most people, you use the word “someday” to describe your goals and desires. Make today that someday.
16. Negative thoughts can’t stop me. Your negative thoughts are just thoughts — nothing more.
17. I’ve done harder things. Think back to a time when you succeeded against the odds.
18. Everything has to be earned. You can’t get anything in this life unless you work hard for it.
19. Action is a better regret than inaction. Making the wrong decision is always preferable to regretting never having done anything at all.
20. I don’t need anyone’s permission. If people think you’re crazy, so be it.
21. I’m in control of my own destiny. You can decide whom you want to become.
22. There is no pass or fail. Nobody is grading you. You can’t objectively “fail” at life unless you never try anything.
23. Boring decisions get boring results. Make an exciting decision.
24. The risk is worth it. Know that risks are real, but the potential benefits are worth them.
25. Discipline feels better than regret. Discipline is hard, but it’s easier to deal with than regret.
26. Many good ideas seem crazy or impossible at first. Yours is no different.
27. I’ve got support. Friends, family, colleagues — even if they think you’re crazy, you can always find support in networking groups, support groups and other community resources.
28. Experience is always valuable. Even if your mission doesn’t turn out the way you’d expected, you’ll walk away with experience.
29. Hard work is its own reward. You’ll feel good just for making the attempt.
30. Every day counts. Today, tomorrow and the next day are all steps toward your end goal.
31. What I see matters more than what others see. Forget about what others think — prioritize what you think.
32. There is no problem that can’t be overcome. Everything can be solved or worked around.
33. Ordinary actions make an ordinary life. Nobody wants to be ordinary. Don’t let yourself be.
34. Everything can be improved. Even if you start out rough, you can always make improvements to your approach.
35. I can learn whatever I need to know. Free resources are plentiful.
36. I can master whatever I need to do. Practice can make you good at anything.
37. Willpower is all in my head. You can have all the willpower you want — you just have to want it.
38. I know what I want. Know what your end goals are, and visualize them.
39. Feelings are the product of thoughts. If you’re scared or unsure, know that these are feelings generated by your thoughts; then you can control them.
40. Trying and failing is better than doing nothing. This is universally true.
41. I am whomever I want to be. There’s nothing stopping you from being whom you want to be.
42. I can’t win unless I try. Effort is the only way to get results.
43. My life is a product of my decisions. Make the ones that matter.
44. I’m better than I was yesterday. You’re older, wiser and more experienced than you’ve ever been before.
45. Nothing great happens overnight. Work and patience are your friends.
46. Once I get started, it will be easier. You’ll feel more motivated once you get rolling.
47. I’ll reward myself when I’m done. Even small rewards can be great motivators.
48. I’m doing this for more than just me. Maybe it’s for your family or community — whatever “it” is, external motivation can be powerful.
49. There are always more chances. If you screw up, you can always try again.
50. If nothing else, this will make for a good story. You’ll walk away with great memories and interesting anecdotes.
The power of positive thinking isn’t just an adage — it’s scientifically proven that positive thoughts (and the elimination of negative self-talk) can improve your mood, feelings, and performance. These thoughts should get you started doing whatever it is you need motivation to do. The rest is up to you.