How did Rourke not win best actor for his role in the Wrestler?!
We all have a reason why, we just have to find and identify the best reason, and hold it close to our hearts and minds on a daily basis.
The difference between the most successful people in the world and those that aren’t living their dreams, is that the uber successful know what they want to do, why they want to do it, and attack that expectation, goal, or whatever you want to call it with a relentless tenacity that is hard to match.
So what does that have to do with music?
The 10 songs on this list remind me of my why. My reason to push on when things get tough, or to work hard when all I want to do is lounge, party, or envelope myself in laziness. These songs inspire me. They’re stories that remind me of the struggle, the suffering and even the redemption of characters that were headed down an endless pitt of self destruction (see The Weary Kind).
It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. ~ From Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
If a man can find meaning in a concentration camp – where he has been imprisoned for no wrongdoing of his own. Where there is no end in sight – surely we can find meaning in our daily lives where we think none exists.
There are times when it’s hard to be motivated or hungry. When a perfect day consists of sitting on your ass in front of the TV. We’ve all been there. However, there are also times – hopefully this is the vast majority – when it’s hard to not be motivated. When everything you encounter, and everything in your life inspires you to be great: to be extraordinary.
A day in New York
I’m actually writing this on the plane ride back from New York to Vancouver. I had an amazing trip and was lucky enough to spend two weeks in the company of an amazing girl. I was also surrounded by things, people, and situations that inspired me to work harder, and to achieve more.
Like I said earlier, sometimes it’s just easy to be motivated.
I’d start my day with a solid breakfast, usually 4 eggs with toast and an avocado, and then sit down at the computer and answer emails as well as other online stuff like posting an article on my blog.
The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. - Sven Goran Eriksson
Everyone is tested in life, everyone has something that they want but the fear of failing is greater than the need to succeed.
I’ve done it before and I’m sure that at some point in you’re life you have as well.
You have a goal, but then you realize just how much hard work it will take to succeed in making this dream a reality and you begin to cheat, or skip out on some of the work, or procrastinate and find something else to occupy your time.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: Your goal is to get ripped for the summer and you go 2 straight weeks without missing a workout. Then one morning you wake up feeling a little flat and you decide it won’t do much harm to skip out on just one. A week later you miss your second, a few days after that your third, you continue repeating this patter until you’re only making it to the gym a couple times a week, if that. Needless to say your goal of getting ripped by summer has taken a back seat to sleeping in every morning. Read the rest of this entry »
I love movies. Here are 6 of the most motivational movies of all time.
I was going to make a list of strictly motivational training movies like Rocky, but I instead chose films that can motivate you in all areas of life, they’re also some of my favorite movies.
So, here’s a list of 6 of the most inspiring movies I’ve ever seen.
If there are any other one’s please let me know, I’m sure I’ve missed a ton of them!
Life is Beautiful
Buon giorno principessa! What a great movie.
I have so much for respect Roberto Benigni’s character in this movie. There’s no end to what he’d do for his son or for his wife. Even though he’s about to die he keeps going, keeps a smile on his face for his son and keeps his mind off what’s actually going on around him – they’re in a concentration camp during the 2ndWorld War.
This is inspiring on so many levels. Seeing his passion for life, the love he has for his wife, he’d do anything and everything for her. What he does for his son blows my mind, no matter how much pain he’s in or how much hatred he faces, he won’t let his son see it, for his own good.
The challenges I have faced in life are much like the challenges I have face in the boxing ring. It’s just that in the boxing ring you’re held accountable by your trainer and the people watching the fight, whereas in life you are often forced to hold yourself accountable.
Here are some lessons I learned in the ring that apply to life as well.
1. Face your fears and go on anyways. There were so many times in training, sparring, or in an actual fight where I wanted to quit but I never did. I’ve tried my best to carry that over to life and have been successful in doing so, but far from perfect at the same time. The adversity I faced in boxing is in front of everyone, I was held accountable. My trainer could see if I was going to give up and I didn’t want to let him down. But why should life be any different?
You should want more than anything not to let yourself down.
“It’s not how many time’s you get knocked down, it’s how often you get back up and go forward that counts.”
This quote is attributed to a lot of people, but I’ll give it to Rocky Balboa.
2. Get out of your comfort zone. Most growth in life only happens when you’re out of your comfort zone. In sparring I had to try new things to become a better fighter, even if I was going to pay for it, I had to give it a shot. Life is the same way. There won’t be much growth if you just stick to the same old way of life.
In business you have to continually try new things and continually push your own limits. To grow mentally and spiritually you have to get out of what makes you comfortable and push yourself if you truly want to grow as a person. In the gym its the same thing. If you don’t push your body beyond what it’s used to, you’re not going to see any benefits.
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. – Max DePree