*AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’m still taking suggestions for post. I will answer any and all questions.”
An author by the name of Zig Ziglar once wrote that “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” This particular struck a nerve with me. For years I felt that I had no motivation, no inspiration. I felt that I was just moving along. Don’t get me wrong. I was (and still am) blessed beyond belief. But I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was making me get up everyday and work or workout or study. Things were getting mundane. Yes, I knew I wanted to be successful. I was practically force fed that I was going to be successful since the time I was a toddler. But that goal seemed so lofty, so far off. I had no daily motivation. I could understand the big picture of why I did everything but I couldn’t understand the details. Why I did this everyday. I turned to gospel music. Fail. Though I like to consider myself religious/spiritual/whatever else cool term is in and I attend church pretty regularly and I have a strong faith in God, it didn’t provide the kick that I needed. I turned to the Bible. It was too calming. It wasn’t exactly what I needed but pointed me in the right direction. I read Psalms 150. A quick synopsis of this is that you should praise God in everything you do. This made me look for a secular reason. After months of meaningless success and borderline depression, I found what I was looking for. I was watching ESPN as I do every night before bed and as I was going to change the channel to ESPN2 during the commercial break a commercial caught my eye. Here it is:
I decided to youtube just about every Nike video that night. Needless to say that night was the night that I broke my mini depression. I felt like the commercials were speaking to me. They were telling me that I get up and work and workout and study because to not do so is to fail. Yes we all want to be successful and do well at all of the things that we prepare for. There are times when we cannot control if we are going to fail. But the real failure is to fail to prepare.
“Proper preparation prevents piss poor performance
Piss poor performance promotes perpetual PAIN”
Here is a list of some my favorites: