Are you a leader?

You should be.

Anyone and everyone can, and should, be a leader. There are so many people out there waiting to be inspired. Desperate to be motivated. Eager to be encouraged to rise up and do something meaningful. They’re waiting for a leader to rally them, to bring them together, to unite them. To focus them, encourage them and engage them.

Are you that person?

Maybe you think that a leader has to have a public office. Or a title. Or experience. Or a plaque on the wall. Or official recognition.

They don’t.

A leader is someone who inspires others. A leader is someone who engages with others in such a way that STUFF HAPPENS.

You can do this.

A leader can be someone you least expect. A leader can be the person at the bottom of the hierarchy (and often the person at the top started at the bottom).

Most often a leader doesn’t start out as one. They start out as nobody in particular doing nothing of any real importance. Slowly their influence expands. They make stuff happen and get noticed. It might happen quickly, or it might take a while. But it happens.

All leaders are motivated by something.

For some it is simply the desire to succeed. For others it is the desire to avoid failure.

For some it is the promise of reward. For some it is the satisfaction of achievement.

For some it is the potential to make a difference in the world. Some want to change the lives of people for the better.

What are you motivated by?

What makes you want to lead?

Everyone has something in them somewhere.

Everyone has that potential to lead.

At the end of the day, a leader is a person.

Just like you.

 

Where is the love y’all?

People killing, people dying, children hurting, you hear them crying…

- The Black Eyed Peas

Where is the love y’all?

This song always leaves me thinking. Have a listen below and focus on the lyrics. For a pop song it actually raises a very good point.

Where is the love these days?

Let’s stop fighting. Let’s stop killing each other. Let’s stop trying to squeeze every last dollar out of each other.

Let’s look after those who are suffering. Let’s try to get along. Let’s focus on our common ground instead of fighting about our differences.

Let’s love each other!

Where is the love y’all? Where is the love!

A very bizarre situation

If you were from another Planet, another Solar System, or another Galaxy and you happened to visit earth to observe the goings on here, it’s fair to say that you’d be pretty taken aback. To put it mildly.

Here is a species of people that seem pretty much intent on self destruction. They kill each other for no real reason. They steal from each other. They are in a constant state of conflict with one another – for oil, money, power, sex. They seem to thrive on violence – when there isn’t enough of it around they create it.

It’s bizarre!

There is more than enough food for all on this earth, yet they have somehow organised themselves so that some have too much and some have too little.

There is more than enough land on earth for them all to have plenty of space to live, yet they are constantly fighting over small spots here and there.

There is more than enough love to go around, yet they are very particular about who they give their love to. Only choosing a select group they call ‘close friends and family’.

There are countless people suffering on this planet, yet the ones living in comfort ignore the suffering ones.

It is a very bizarre situation indeed.

Is someone getting the best of you?

Is anyone getting the best of you? Anyone at all?

Are you getting the best out of you?

If not, why not?

Why live a half arsed life when you could live life with absolutely everything you’ve got?

You could lay it all on the line. Go all out. You could live your life as if you had it all to lose, as if it wouldn’t last forever, as if it could all be taken away in the blink of an eye. You could live life by putting everything you have into it, knowing that you get out what you put in.

Because that’s really how it is.

You could live as if you really appreciated everything you had. As if you were extremely fortunate to have the experiences that you have. As if you were unimaginably Blessed just to be where you are at the moment, doing what you’re doing at the moment, regardless of what it is. You could be grateful just for the roof over your head and the food on your table. You could forget the petty things that you usually complain about. You could rise above your weaknesses. You could make the most of the incredible opportunity you have.

You could do all of this and more.

We all should be getting the best out of you, and most of all – you should too.

For a healthy mind, start with a healthy body

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

- John F. Kennedy

If you want a healthy mind then it helps to keep a healthy body. Common sense? Not that common unfortunately. But how can your mind work at it’s best when you let your body fall into a state of disrepair? The health and wellbeing of our mind and body are interconnected, whether we like it or not!

Exercise properly, don’t kid yourself

Walking to the shops to buy your lunch doesn’t count. Exercise at a decent level of intensity. Really making yourself sweat has a great effect on the human body and mind. There are lots of different activities that are good for you, but to get the best health benefits you need to work your heart and lungs. That means if it doesn’t make you puff, you’re kidding yourself.

Challenge yourself

It’s easy to get comfortable in an exercise regime, and there’s nothing wrong with that if it’s working for you, but challenging yourself with new things can be good for you mentally as well as physically.

Have some variety

The best approach is a varied one. For me, running is the core component. But I get out for a mountain bike ride and hit the gym as well. I find that I get different things from each activity. Mountain biking, and especially the gym, give me a more whole body workout. Whereas running is mostly just about cardiovascular fitness.

Find like-minded individuals to share it with

Talking about your exercise with people who understand what you’re on about is a great way to stay motivated. They can understand the challenges you face, and will be just as excited as you are about the features on your new running shoes.

Be wary of the plateau

The plateau is what you reach after you’ve been exercising for a few months. You’ve made some gains but things have settled down. The novelty has worn off. This is when people give up. If you know it’s coming you are ready for it and can adapt by changing your routine, entering a competition etc.

Having trouble getting motivated? Here are some tips to get you motivated. But don’t just read about it, start today!

Image credit: Mike Baird

You are a powerful force

You are a force to be reckoned with.

You have awesome potential. Unlimited – literally.

The things you could do are incredible, unbelievable, stunning.

You could be an unlimited source of inspiration to others.

You could be a light to lead the way.

Your influence could be profound.

Your legacy could be legendary.

You could change the world – for the better.

You could solve problems, ease tensions, inspire greatness.

You could bring people together, unite them.

You could spread the love.

You could bring down the house.

You could own it.

You could get around/over/under/through any obstacles that stand in your way.

You could realise your potential.

If you choose to.

That’s all it really comes down to at the end of the day.

Choosing to.

In hindsight – but NOW!

Remember back when you were in high school… knowing what you know now, what would you do differently if you were back there again? Probably lots – in my case, probably almost everything!

The same goes throughout our lives. Looking back on things we can see where fear held us back, and we can see how pointless that fear was in hindsight.

At some point in time you will look back on how you are today, right now, and see how you could have done things differently.

You’ll see that there was fear holding you back from doing some things.

You’ll see that you weren’t making the most of all the opportunities you had before you.

You’ll see that there were things you could have done but didn’t, things that would have improved your life and the lives of others.

You could wait until a long time in the future to think about this. If you enjoy the feeling of regret, this is the best option. But if you want to make the most of your life, why wait until then to look back in hindsight?

Why not do it now?

Don’t wait till that moment in the far of future to realise this. Open your eyes and see it now. Look at yourself and what you’re doing. Where is fear holding you back? What opportunities are you missing RIGHT NOW?!

Original image by Spirit-Fire

 

Your Facebook status won’t change the world

When the world is going through troubled times we sit at home watching the news and we feel powerless to help. The problems seem so massive that we feel that they are outside of our hands – that there is nothing we can do to help.

If we give $100 to the Red Cross, what difference will that make? They’re talking billions of dollars needed for recovery in Japan so is there even any point us giving $100?

Your money will help of course, but there are so many desperate problems out there in the world, and our financial resources are not bottomless.

What else can we do?

Often, in a genuine heartfelt gesture, we update our Facebook with some words of support for the people suffering. I did this myself. This is a nice gesture. But the reality is that it won’t save a life.

It will make you feel a little better, especially if some of your friends ‘like’ it. It may improve your image amongst your friends; they may see you as a caring person really trying to make a difference in the world. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, quite the opposite, it’s positive – but what difference have you actually made to the lives of those suffering?

Let’s be honest – nil.

The person trapped under rubble, desperately waiting and hoping to be found by rescue workers – your Facebook status won’t help them.

The doctors and nurses in a hospital desperately trying to save the lives of the huge numbers of injured in the aftermath of a disaster – your Facebook status won’t help them.

The people running a shelter for refuges desperately trying to source food to feed the thousands of people who are turning up at their shelter every day – your Facebook status won’t help them.

What will help them? Your prayers might.

Your prayers might give that person trapped under rubble a little more strength to hold on a little longer. They might inspire the rescue workers to have one more look in that building the person is trapped in.

Your prayers might give hospital staff a little more strength to work a little harder and longer so that they can save more lives in the aftermath of a disaster.

Your prayers might inspire people around the world to give their money and resources to the victims of a disaster.

Your prayers might just do these things. You’ll never know the power of your prayers. You’ll never know exactly what they do, but they WILL do something. As Mahatma Gandhi said:

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

I’ll repeat that in case you missed it:

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the MOST POTENT INSTRUMENT OF ACTION.

Go and pray now.

(If you feel so inclined you might also like to donate to support the work of the Red Cross in helping the people of Japan, or whichever other humanitarian disaster you feel inspired to support, by finding your local Red Cross on this list of international Red Cross websites.)

It’s strange what actually motivates people

This morning I overheard someone complaining about how the lady at the coffee shop was rude to them. They were really irate; irate enough to say “I’m going to write a letter!”

Wow that lady at the coffee shop must have been really rude. What did she do, was she foul mouthed? Did she rip them off? Nope, the story wasn’t interesting at all. She was just a little rude, not even much at all, she probably hadn’t had her morning coffee herself.

This isn’t interesting in itself, but the interesting thing is this – how many other letters has this person written this year? Probably none. So the single most motivating factor in the world for them, the one thing that makes them want to write a letter and take action is a rude lady in a coffee shop.

  • Not war, violence and bloodshed,
  • Not the irresponsible use of nuclear power,
  • Not corrupt politics,
  • Not starving children.

Just a rude lady in a coffee shop.

This is why the world is the way it is! We’re caring about the wrong things!

Forget rude ladies in coffee shops. Forget bus drivers that drive past your stop. Forget meaningless celebrity scandals. Forget these and all the rest of the meaningless clatter of our everyday lives. Let’s concentrate on the real issues in the world today. Let’s take action on the important things.

Let’s write letters about things that actually matter!

(If you want to write letters that actually matter visit Avaaz.org)

A Round Tuit

When I was a kid my Dad had a round Tuit. Heard of one before? It was an circular plaque that was on the wall of his business.

If you’ve always said that you would get a round Tuit one day then that day has come because here’s one for you to print out for yourself. So what are you waiting for?