I got into sports at a young age, and my mother gave me three small posters that I framed and hung on my bedroom walls.
“You must believe to achieve.”
“The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.”
“I can let things happen or I can make them happen.”
Those posters now hang in my home office, along with hundreds of inspirational quotes I have collected over the years. Since quotes abound online, I’m only including one here. I found it on Twitter; it’s by Jennifer Lee:
Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Don’t get influenced by what people tell you should be your dream.
Here are my three favorite motivational movies. I’d love to hear about movies that motivate you.
Akeelah and the Bee – Little Akeelah Anderson competes in the National Spelling Bee.
The Pursuit of Happyness (yes, that’s how the movie title is spelled) — Will Smith is great as a homeless Chris Gardner pursuing career options.
Rudy – Daniel Ruettiger is determined to play football at Notre Dame.
My friends also provide inspiration, especially when I’m feeling discouraged. The beauty of nature always lifts me up, whether it’s flowers, trees, mountains, lakes or oceans. Finally, and foremost, my faith is the most important aspect of my life – it brings love and acceptance and encouragement and so much more.
I’ll end this post with a poem you may have seen before. Enjoy.
OUR DEEPEST FEAR
by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Where do you find inspiration?