Tag Archives: motivation

Be the tree, not the lawn mower.

16 Nov

DSCN0201 DSCN0204

As a child this is the house I grew up in. Taking these pictures brought back many memories. One of which I noticed that there are now 3 trees in the front yard and not just 1. I remember many hot summer days mowing that huge corner lot.  And having many ladies stop by just to visit me , NOT!!! I also remembering leaving the one tree alone, mowing around it. Can you guess which one? If you guess the one farthest from the house you are correct. When the other 2 would start to grow, I would go over it with the lawn mower as I would mow the grass.

If those 2 trees just gave into the lawn mower, they would not be alive today. But they kept on fighting and they came back bigger and stronger than the one that was left alone to grow. Those 2 trees should be an inspiration to humans who happen to be picked on or are told they are not good enough, or strong enough, or smart enough. If these 2 trees started crying or gave up after the first time the lawn mower cut them down, they would not be seen by anyone and I would not be writing this blog about INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION.

Next time you or someone you know are being degraded by a human lawn mower, just tell them or yourself to be like a tree. If they look at you funny tell them this true story. Show them this blog or read it to them. Folks need to TREE UP AND GET A BACKBONE. You can be what you want in life, no matter what your age is or what is going on in your life.

Just think, that mower that cut those 2 trees down every time the grass was mowed, is now in some dump sight rusting away. All the while the 2 trees it cut down are now big and alive, all for everyone to see in their full monty.

Negativity can be the best motivator.

31 Mar

If you have never had a Debbie downer type of day in your life, then this post is not for you ( and you may not be human). We all have had rough times in our lives. Heck you may have one right now. I am here to tell you that’s a great thing. First it still means that you are alive and living. It is much better than the alternative, DEATH!
Your inner soul is letting you feel depressed for one simple reason. It’s the fuel to your fire so you get up and fix what’s wrong in your life. Have you ever had one of those days where you just sit and cuss yourself out ? Have you ever sat back and wished your life was different? You can change that. You can go in the opposite direction of where you are going.

Yes at first it will be difficult and it will feel like you are not making progress. But a huge train starts out slow and after a while it’s moving and nothing can stop it. You can be that huge train.  Look at being depressed and living a negative life as an old coach you had at one time. You know the one who kept yelling at you all the time. What did you do about his yelling? Answer: you tried harder to be a better athlete for two reasons, 1) to shut his tail up, and 2) to prove him wrong.

So use you depressed life and bad situation as that internal coach. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND FIX WHAT’S WRONG!!! It can and will be done. Your life will and can get better. It’s never too late to be what you have always wanted to be in life. There are many roads you can travel in life to get to where you want to be.

NEGATIVITY IS THE BEST MOTIVATOR IN LIFE. embrace it and use it for the positive in your life. Bad days are also there to remind you that good days are going to be better and they are in YOUR FUTURE!!!

Your mind is very strong. It’s way of thinking is the first step to success or the first step to being depressed and using excuses for failure. If you’re not happy with yourself no one will be. sometimes you are all you have. So be your best friend.

I dare you to read this!

27 Feb

There are those out there who think taking care of oneself or thinking about oneself is the best practice in life. Whether if it’s ones personal life, the business world or on a sports team. I am here to tell you that is the wrong way to go through life.

Here is a prime example of my belief system. Last week Kansas City,Missouri had a nice snow storm. After it stopped snowing , I went out and started to shovel the snow. Not only did I do my stoop and sidewalk. I kept on shoveling down the sidewalk and up other people’s stoops. All the while the other men on the street just did their sidewalk and stoop. They did however stop and stare at me as if I was nuts (I am the oldest man on the block and in the best shape).

Well this week we had another snow storm. By the time I got outside to shovel, the other men started doing what I did the last week. They did not stop at the end of their sidewalk. They kept on shoveling other folks stoops and sidewalks. I may have looked like odd man out the first time, but I led by example. The older folks and single ladies didn’t have to fend for themselves. Paying it forward is contagious.

Look at it this way in the business world. A good CEO or manager will only make themselves better, and a great CEO or manager will make the whole company or department better. It’s called leading by example. It’s called motivation. It’s called longevity. A good CEO or manager will cut cost on their product or use the scare tactic to make a profit. A great CEO or manager will get their workers to do the right thing out of the kindness of their heart and willingness to please the higher-ups.

A good athlete will go for the best stats on the team and not the win. When they get tired of losing they will ask to be traded. A great player will stay on the same team and get the rest of the players to step it up for the championship trophy. Their stats are secondary and the team’s success is primary. When the team becomes the best , then their stats will also be the leagues best in the end.

TRY TO BE THE GREATEST AND NOT JUST GOOD. HELP OTHERS AND PERSONAL GREED WILL NOT BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE. YOU WILL HAVE MORE SUCCESS.

Use Your Tools The Right Way.

24 Sep

I have worked in many bodyshops. One thing I noticed is that tools do not make you a good painter or bodyman I have seen people with $30,000 worth of tools and yet they can not fix a dent right. I have seen bodymen with $1,000 worth of tools , yet they can replace a roof of a car with no problem.

Money is nothing but a tool to pay bills. Just because you may have a butt load of money, does not mean you are good with your tools. Look at the governments of this world. Look at all the rich people going broke or needing more just to ” survive”. Yet there are unemployed and poor people out there making it work everyday. People need to learn to work with the tools they have. If you do not have the knowledge to use the tools, then you will never be able to fix your problems.

Remember money is just a tool, not a toy. Learn how to use your tools so you do not need more tools (GREED ) to fix an easy problem.

There are those out there who do not have the right amount of knowledge yet they have the tools, and there are those who have the knowledge and not enough tools.

http://www.zazzle.com/stop_the_greed_bumper_sticker-128201787960584872

QUOTE OF THE DAY ; There is only one success-to be able to spend your life in your own way. (Christopher Morley ).

A Champion or Self Gratifier ( lazy bragger ) ?

14 Sep

I have noticed there are two kinds of people in this world. A self gratifier ( a lazy bragger ) or a true champion. What one are you ?

A self gratifier is one who will sit on their butt and do nothing when no one is around. They will take credit for work they did not do. When others are around they will be the ones who will then work hard to get noticed , and then act like they work like that all the time. They are also the ones who just want the spot light on them , and that is all they care about. They are not a true team player.When the truth is they are very lazy and have this grandiose attitude about themselves. This happens so much in the world of sports and at the work place. I know that you know people like this. If you don’t then maybe you are this type of person.

A true champion is one who works their tail off even when they are the only one in the room. They are the ones who show up to work early or stay late to get a job done. They are the least concerned about employee of the month award. They are the athlete who will sweat their butt off when they are the only one in the weight room or gym. They will play their butt off even if there are only 3 people in the stands. A true champion is not concerned about awards. They will do what it takes to make the company or team a better place to be. If you do not know of anyone like this, then maybe YOU are the true champion .

What one have you been ? And what one will you be from this point forward.

GO VOTE, HIT THE GREEN BUTTON. THANK YOU. http://about.me/chadjohnson1

QUOTE OF THE DAY ; We must teach our children to dream with open eyes. ( Harry Edwards ).

 

Foot nailed to the floor?

15 Aug

Do you ever feel like your foot is nailed to the floor , and you keep running in circles ? There are many days that I feel like that since my being laid off. What is the nail in your foot ? Is it a rotten relationship ? Is it a financial situation ? Is it a rotten job ? Is it the neighborhood you live in ? Are you an athlete who is on a losing streak ?

People say you can control your life. To a degree you can. You can control your breathing , and that is about it. You can not control when you are hungry, when you are thirsty, or when you need to go to the bathroom. You can not control what others do, or the environment you are in ( unless you have resources like money or connections ).

You can however be the person who pulls that nail out of your foot and move on ( motivate yourself ). You have to find the help you need to pull that nail out . There are shelters for those who have no place to go but need to leave an abusive relationship. There “may” be other jobs out there to leave the one you are in ( if you find them let me know LOL ). If your finances are jacked up, you may find help with getting a second job and cutting back ( something Washington won’t do ) . If you live in a dangerous neighborhood , there are other places out there. You just need to investigate ( find the right hammer to pull that nail out ) .  If you’re that athlete who has been losing, find the right workout or change-up your diet .

Find the right hammer to pull that nail out of your foot so you stop running in circles while your foot is in pain.  Some nails are longer than others. So keep pulling and don’t stop until that nail is out of your foot.

QUOTE OF THE DAY ; You can not fix the past , you can not decide how the future will come out. But you can live in the now.

%d bloggers like this: