Author Archives: To Inspire Within
Here is a powerful concept that I learned from Tony Robbins and I use in my own personal life. There are two forms of motivation:
“The meaning of earthly existing lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul” Alexander Solzhenitsyn
True leaders exhibit character.
Character is more than talk. You can never separate a leader’s character from their actions. Action is the true indicator of character.
Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.
We don’t choose where we were born, who are parents are, or the circumstances of our upbringing. But we do choose our character.
Everyone is a leader, regardless of position or title. Each and everyday we have opportunities to lead, to positively influence those around us.
Everyday leadership is servant leadership. All of us can serve others, and help others to grow, and in turn enrich our own life.
A servant leader incorporates powerful habits in their daily interactions to yield massive results. Here are some thoughts on how to be a more effective servant leader:
Have you ever had an experience where you read or listened to an idea or concept that just seemed to make absolute sense to you? Like you’ve always been aware of the concept, you’ve always accepted its truth, but you’ve never really had anyone articulate it, until now.
That is exactly how I felt when I read Flow by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (former Chair of the Psychology department at the University of Chicago). The book, relying on significant empirical research conducted over the course of decades, describes the conditions that are present in an “optimal experience” setting, or in other words, the contributing factors that are present when a human being is at their most fulfilled state.
Great advice from Matt Cutts (Google Software Engineer) on how to get some momentum in life.
A 30 day challenge is a fantastic idea. Your challenges are your own unique opportunities to create something new in your life. It may be 30 days in creating a new empowering habit, overcoming a negative habit, learning a new skill set, or having an adventure and trying something completely new and out of your current comfort zone. It may be a 30 day commitment to taking a certain pre-defined action that will bring you closer to your current goals.
Can you recall a time in your life when you felt like you could accomplish anything? Where you felt absolute certainty and confidence? When fear and insecurity no longer held you back? Where were you? What were you doing? How did you feel? If you are honest with yourself, would you want to return to that state again?
What if you could feel this way everyday? How would your life be different? What would you do if you didn’t feel fear anymore. Would you believe me if I said you could? Most likely not – in fact, up until recently I wouldn’t have believed it myself. Many people in the world would have you believe that feeling that alive, feeling that excited for the future is unnatural. They would have you believe that we are reactionary beings -that our emotions are a function of the external events that are occurring around us.
I am a sucker for a good rags to riches story. I always have been. I love seeing the underdog succeed. I am absolutely inspired by stories of people who overcome big odds and silence the critics and doubters to achieve great things. My favorite movie by a long short is Rocky (although Warrior is pretty good…) and yes I did cheer for Tim Tebow this year.
My love of the underdog, for those people who dream big, fight with all their hearts, and somehow overcome, motivates me to seek big goals and dreams of my own. To this end I’ve read all of the standard “dream big” books (Magic of Thinking Big, Think and Grow Rich, everything Tony Robbins has ever written, among many others…). I don’t know why I have such a fascination with this subject. Perhaps it is because I am the grandson of a poor immigrant who fought his way to carve out a life of comfort for his family in a new country. Whatever it is I’ve always wanted to have a victory story of my own, and I’m working every day to achieve that.