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Motivational Quotes

by Taylor Pebley October 24th, 2012 More

Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal or project, such as speaking a new language, just to realize a few weeks or even only a few days later that your excitement and motivation have failed? I have. It’s always such a bummer…and it’s frustrating. We’re ambitious people! We want to be successful and progressive! We should be able to accomplish these extremely reachable goals! Well, one of the best ways I’ve found to overcome this tendency to burn out like a shooting star is to frequently read/say motivational quotes and then do something right away to implement those quotes.

There are thousands of motivational quotes out there. My suggestion is to start with a simple search on Google. I have collected a few over the years, and here are some of my favorites:

  • “I will do today what others will not do, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot do.” – Randy Gage
  • “Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.” – Russell Kirsch, invented the first computer
  • “Just do it.” – Popularized by Nike
  • “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” – Joyce C. Lock
  • “Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” – Cecile Springer
  • “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
  • “Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
  • “There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” – Henry Ford

I hope you’ve found one or more of these to add to your collection. Regardless of what goal you are working on or weakness you are trying to overcome, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Use motivational quotes to help you succeed. Comment and share your own favorite quotes!

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How to Turn Motivation into Celebration

by Jake Beus October 11th, 2012 More

celebrateWhat gets you motivated? What gets you super-pumped and excited? What events cause celebration in your life? Take a moment and really think about those questions. It may even be helpful to write down your answers. I’d like to take a moment and answer those question for myself, and together I hope we can learn how to turn motivation into celebration.

What gets you motivated? For me, the answer to that question depends on what the goal is. In my life, I usually see or experience something that motivates me and gives me the desire to set a goal and achieve it. For example, I have seen a healthy transformation in my father. For years, he could not sleep in a bed because he would get heartburn every night due to his diet and lack of exercise. He has completely changed his diet, eats much healthier and does his best to avoid eating late at night. He also spends more time exercising than he used to. He has lost weight, feels better and is happier because of this change. His discipline has motivated me to eat healthier, exercise more and be more disciplined in general.

I have also been motivated by others and their desire and commitment to learning, whether it be learning a new language, learning how to wake board or learning how to make homemade pizza. People in my life who are consistently learning seem to live more fulfilling lives. There is a certain excitement that comes from learning from life’s experiences, whether they be your own or someone else’s.

What gets you super-pumped and excited? I have a little brother who is talented in basketball and football, and I get excited watching him score touchdowns, make tackles and swish 3-pointers. I get excited when great things happen to the people close to me, whether it’s a buddy of mine who meets a great girl or someone does well on a test. I get excited when things go right for me, whether it’s finding a solution to a problem or just being blessed with unique opportunities. There are lots of things that make me super-pumped.

What events cause celebration in your life? This question is very similar to the previous question, but there is also a difference. For me, the difference is that excitement can be random and celebration usually is a result of hard work. That being said, here are 2 quotes that I really like regarding celebration:

“Remember to celebrate with others those things you have accomplished together. Celebration creates unity and strengthens relationships.”

“Celebrate every small victory.”

I am a celebrator. I think that people don’t celebrate enough, and perhaps I celebrate too much. If I want to be a millionaire, am I only going to celebrate as soon as I make that first million? No. My philosophy is to celebrate the little things that will ultimately help you achieve your goal. Celebration and motivation are closely tied. Celebrating the small things has helped me to enjoy the journey and stay motivated to keep working toward goals.

How to turn motivation into celebration:  The simple answer is hard work. For me, it’s a cycle of never-ending fun and excitement. This cycle begins as motivation, which translates into hard work, which leads to multiple, small celebrations, which keeps me motivated, which keeps me working, which leads to more celebration. I met a professor at a prestigious university who taught me that when working toward a goal, I should plan, do, evaluate and learn; then plan, do evaluate and learn. I would add celebrate into that cycle of progression, which will ultimately help me to continue the cycle of progression.

One of my favorite movies is Rudy. If you’ve never seen the movie, I highly encourage you to watch it. This is the final scene of Rudy, which is a celebration of a great moment that is a result of years of hard work. It’s obviously a dramatic celebration, but think about how you might celebrate more as you watch it. Enjoy:

 

What is something you should be celebrating in your life? Please login and comment below. I’m gonna go celebrate the completion of this post.

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Self Motivation Quotes

by Jake Beus October 8th, 2012 More

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It’s not easy to be self-motivated. We realize that learning a language is not an easy task. It takes self-motivation and hard work. In order to help you when you may not feel very motivated, I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-motivation quotes. Many of the quotes come from the community of Mindbloom.

  •  “One learns the most about writing once their pen is moving.”
  • “You can’t fly if you never jump!”
  • “Your breakthroughs will come when you do what you’ve been afraid to do.”
  • “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” -Steve Young
  • “If you find yourself getting nervous, stop and relax for three full breaths. Then take one small step, then another. That is how people get to the top of Everest.” -Martha Beck
  • “Today I do what others will not, so tomorrow I do what others cannot.” -Jerry Rice
  • “When faced with mountain-like obstacles, I envision myself already at the top.”
  • “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson
  • “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
  • “If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.” Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Celebrate every small victory!”
  • “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”
  • “Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” -Peter T. Mcintyre
  • “I am not my challenges. I am not my illness. I am stronger than my mind. I am stronger than my pain.”

I hope that one of those quotes took you from la-la land in your mind to putting your mind to work. What is your favorite quote? Please comment on this post below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Why You Aren’t Learning a New Language

by Jake Beus September 24th, 2012 More

Learning a new language is definitely an admirable goal just like many other goals that you might have in your life. I have spent a considerable amount of time reading about goals and motivation as it relates to language-learning. There are millions of people everyday who do nothing to feed their desire to learn a new language. I found the following reasons:

Lack of time. Everyone is busy. No matter the stage of life you find yourself in, there are many great and noble things you can do to fill your time. One thing I have learned in life is that if you really want to do something, then you will usually make time for it. You don’t need to spend hours each day learning your new language of choice. Start with 10 minutes each day.

Lack of motivation. Don’t you wish there was a magic pill you could take to help you stay motivated after you have your ‘moment of inspiration’? I promise you that 5-hour Energy is not that magic pill. Why is learning a new language important to you? Once you have answered that question, think about ways that you can stay motivated. I would encourage you to list your goal on 43things.com and join a group of people with that same goal. If you have other websites/apps that are helpful, please comment on this post.

Can’t afford classes/software. No longer is it necessary for you to enroll in a college class or even pay hundreds of dollars for language-learning software. We are working hard to provide you with as many free resources as we can right here. There are numerous other ways that you can learn for cheap or even free. We don’t believe that there is a perfect solution for everyone, unless everyone could afford to move to a foreign country and be completely immersed in a new language.

Little success with boring learning methods. As I previously stated, we are working feverishly to give you the best resources to keep you motivated and learning at the same time. Language learning doesn’t have to be as boring as your most boring professor you had in college. We can do better. I believe that learning needs to be convenient as well. What are the best mobile apps and websites for learning a new language?

If you have a different excuse for not learning a new language, please make a comment and let me know what your excuse is.

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