Motivation

Get Back Up!…My Thought for the Day…April 10, 2019

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April 10, 2019

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Confucius?


Get Back Up!

Although strangely put, this quote kind of says it all.  We’re all going to fall at some time or another, whether we get back up, that is the question.

Like a toddler learning to walk, we repeat this cycle over and over throughout our lives with every new thing we learn or embark on.  We’re all gonna fall a couple of times, it is only natural.

Our greatest glory is in our capacity and willingness to get back up and keep going.

So, a funny sidebar to this quote.  After I uploaded my graphic to the blog, I decided to check the wording of it, because it sounded strange.  I found that Confucius never did say this!

According to Matthew Haywood, Ph.D. Chinese Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2022) explains that

“the quote can be traced back to an English author impersonating a Chinese person quoting a proverb made by the author himself.”

Ha!

Regardless, the idea behind it is still good.

Have a great Wednesday!


Make It Happen!…My Thought for the Day…April 2, 2019

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April 2, 2019

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

Make It Happen!

I am sure this quote describes all of us at one time or another.  We got caught up in wishful thinking:

     “If wishes were fishes we’d all swim in riches.”

and

     “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,

     If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.

     If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans

    There would be no need for tinker’s hands!”

So how do we make it happen?  That’s an easy one, you just start.  One small action takes you from being a “wisher” to being a “doer.”  You are only one small action away!  And one small action snowballs into 2, 3, 4….

It’s a brand-new day, so make it happen!  Have a great Tuesday.

My Thought for the Day…March 26, 2019

“Life has no remote.  Get up and change it yourself.”

-Mark A. Cooper

I just love this quote!  I found it by just searching for uplifting quotes on the internet like usual, but became intrigued by, just who is this guy?  Is he a motivational speaker?  Is he an industry magnate?  Turns out, he writes fiction for young adults. This particular quote is from Operation Einstein from the Edelweiss Pirates series which is set during World War II in Nazi Germany.  https://markacooper.com/edelweiss-pirates

I was totally going to buy whatever book this awesome quote came from, until I actually found out what book it actually came from.

In short, Nazis. Freak. Me. Out.

They always have.  Even as a small child, watching The Sound of Music I became terrified when the Nazi part started.  To this day, if I watch it, I turn it off at that part!  Every time I see something Nazi-related (like all Indiana Jones movies) a huge fear in the pit of my stomach rises, and I really can’t explain why.

Sure, their leaders and agenda were evil and sadistic, but I didn’t experience it.  But sometimes, I viscerally feel like it I did.  Sometimes, I think a past life is the only way to explain it.

And does this tie in with yesterday’s post about facing your fears?  Possibly…probably…  Maybe the universe is trying to tell me it is time to conquer this fear once and for all in the safe space of kid’s book.

How scary could that be?

Well, off to buy a book, have a great Tuesday, a transformational Tuesday that is…😉

My Thought for the Day…March 25, 2019

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence, by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…

We must do that which we think we cannot.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

I used to have a mantra, if it scares me, that means I need to do it. But the older I get, the harder it is to remain true to that. The older I get, the more fearful I get. Is it because I have so much more to lose now?

Regardless, fear is usually a barometer, an indicator of what you need to look at in your life. Of course, if a tiger is chasing you, i.e., justifiable fear, run! The kind of fear I am talking about is the nebulous sort of fear deep in the pit of your stomach or heart, the kind that won’t kill you, at least right away. But festering fear goes hand in hand with stress, which will kill you eventually.

The truth is, I have found, a fear conquered is another feather in your cap, where you can proudly say “I did that!” Even if you don’t act on your fears, just looking at them and questioning them is a great start. Sometimes just shining a light on the fear makes it seem much less scary that it previously seemed.

Have a great Monday!

My Thought for the Day…March 22, 2019

“You can motivate by fear, you can motivate by reward, but both those methods are only temporary.  The only lasting thing is self motivation.”

-Homer Rice

I once worked at company that decided to adopt the strategy of motivation by fear.   It may have seemed effective on the surface, but morale became terribly eroded.  The once friendly and family like environment turned into a tense and uncomfortable place to be.  The fear was palpable.

Everybody was worried about their “number,” it was so bad people, were afraid to hydrate themselves properly throughout the day because going to the bathroom took precious time and impacted the “number.”  Even jobs that weren’t originally so “number” based became all about that elusive number.

Veterans with years of tribal knowledge were no longer valued for their contributions unless they could make their “number,” and even then, they really weren’t valued.  The writing was on the wall, younger, disposable workers were obviously preferred.  Older workers were not.  Some tried to apply out to other jobs and were continually blocked and demoralized into submission, sometimes only for the company to accrue enough “evidence” to finally let them go.

It was, and still is a horrible tragedy and a gross waste of human talent and potential.

I saw the writing on the wall, and I found as time went on, I could not continue to watch and experience this sort of treatment of once valued human beings, who were only viewed as “numbers” now.   So yes, I finally got out, the hope that I would finally be seen again as a valuable employee finally left me altogether.  I decided to go back to school and learn a new skill, web development.  Of course, I still second guess myself, could I have made it work?  But my husband can answer that question for you, he says that I am finally smiling again, I am no longer a bare wire.  That it is so nice that I am not so hyper vigilant with fear and paranoia anymore, that less money is better than living with that again.

So how do you motivate people to work for you, to give you their absolute best?  I am lucky, I also experienced this at that very same company years earlier.  Respect, simple respect is all it takes.  I had bosses that demonstrated just that, bosses who respected our talents and contributions, but also realized as humans we would have our off days, and that was ok, because most days were on.  Bosses I came to respect so much that had they asked me to clean a toilet, I would have, because they were the type of bosses who would never ask you to do something they themselves would not do.

I guess that is my litmus test.  That is the type boss that I would aspire to be, to motivate with pure respect and to not ask my employees to do things I myself wouldn’t be willing to do if necessary.