Motivation Monday: If you Want to Be, Do.

The old saying goes ‘If you want something done right, do it yourself.’  Many a person filled with hubris about their own abilities takes this too far and often ends up never trusting others to help or take on any challenge, no matter how small or insignificant.  The real meaning behind this idea is that if you ‘have an idea in your mind about the way something should be done, do it yourself.’  This can lead to the founding of a successful business, if you take it along the lines of ‘if you found a better way to do something,...

Motivation Monday: Failures are Forgotten

The more I look back on my adult life and the lives of my friends, the more I notice that we all highlight our successes and hide our failures.  This is not a bad thing at all, as I can’t see why anyone would want to remind others of a time when they failed miserably.  And yet so much of the self-help industry is driven by the concept of accepting and even embracing failure.  I once participated in a CBC Q&A with the hosts of Dragon’s Den, a show where business owners pitch an idea to a panel of millionaires...

Motivation Monday: Ask yourself why

Why do you go to work every day? It seems like a simple question, yet its one that very few people can answer confidently.  We spend our young lives learning in school all of the basics until we are teenagers.  Then we have to choose post-secondary education that focusses on a specific profession that we are interested in, even though we have only heard about it from a friend or family member.  Then suddenly we are in the workforce, battling it out to find a good job that pays well, and then we go on and work faithfully for a...

Motivation Monday: Working Together

In two weeks, for the second year in a row, I’m running a 10 Km race.  This means running for an hour non-stop.  If you had asked me to train and run this distance two years ago I would have said it was impossible.  I would have said “I’m not a runner, I’m more into lifting weights,” or “I don’t have the body type of a distance runner.”  At the time I signed up for a 5 Km run with my girlfriend and a few friends. Not wanting to embarrass myself, I decided to train a bit to see how...

Motivation Monday: The Rocky Road

When the circumstances of life are great, it makes sense to try and keep them that way.  After we work so hard to get our life on the right track, we can become fearful of any subtle changes that derail our progress.  But positive action and progression toward a goal do not follow a straight pathway.  It doesn’t matter whether your goal is about work, fitness, hobbies, relationships, or finances.  There will be periods of time where you feel like you are making progress and periods where the progress is subtle or unmeasurable, and you want to give up. The...

Motivation Monday: Satisfaction

“Dissatisfied people change the world” I have seen this quote in many different forms, though I couldn’t find any one person to attribute it to.  The idea behind it is very powerful; It means that those who are unhappy with their situation in life or with the state of the world will inevitably be driven to innovate and change it.  If it’s the former, it may drive someone to get a new job, break up with a significant other, or even move.  If the latter,  it may drive someone to become a social or political activist in order to create...

Motivation Monday: Take a Break to Recharge

One of the best things about being focussed and working hard is that it builds.  You gain momentum. You have been making that small adjustment daily and things haven’t stopped moving forward.  It feels great!  But all of this forward motion comes at a cost.  It takes a lot of mental and emotional toll on a person to constantly fight a bad habit and establish new ones.  It becomes easier once the new habit becomes the path of least resistance, but the time it takes to get there is different for every person and every habit.  Sometimes, you feel you’ve...

Motivation Monday: The Secret of Working with Others

In the development of humanity, we naturally evolved to fear the unknown, to be wary of new people, those who were outside of our own stone age ‘tribe.’  But at the time, it was rare for someone new to appear, and if they did, it was probably with hostility as their intent. In today’s world, human being have naturally found themselves surrounded by new people on a daily basis.  Even from a young age, in school, we meet more new people than our ancestors would have in their entire lives.  I remember that through four years of high school, I...

Motivation Monday: Take action to be a success!

Are you a planner? Someone who frequently makes lists, has big ideas, and comes up with a plan to execute them? Maybe you do this mostly in the morning, get up bright and early before work, have a cup of coffee and a good breakfast, and then sit down and get to it before heading to work for the day. Maybe you dream about having them done, about the day all this stuff is accomplished, and how amazing your life will be.  How all your problems will be fixed and you’ll finally have the life you’ve always wanted, full of...