Today’s minimotivator on expanding your language and world

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Now I’m not going to stick with Wittgenstein’s original premise with this quote as he was referring to philosophical things beyond my grasp.

However, I believe language is both powerful and limiting. If you only speak one language that is the only language you can think and express yourself in. Not always useful.

So, my take for this minimotivator is the idea that the limits of the words you use limit your world. You can see this with children as they struggle to describe the world around them.

Expanding your vocabulary and so your language, or learning another one, will expand your world. You will know the right word to use at the right time.

Talking or writing to the level of a 10-year-old might make it easy for people to understand you but, it might be restricting the idea you are attempting to convey.

To expand your language skills start learning a new word a day or reading more. Reading more brings with it the pleasure of a good story while learning new words and ways to use them. That’s a bonus worth taking up.

 

This week’s MondayMotivator on goals and being here before

Don't give up! Alba

You might remember the GFC. That obliteration of the world economy that hit us 11 or so years ago.

I recently reread an interview of myself in early 2009 and it prompted me to look at the similarities between our situation now and then.

We have been here before. in 2009 I said things like, “I feel I really put my head in the sand for a while as we were getting new clients,” and “This made me really look at my business hard and I realised it had become bloated and it was time to get back into shape. During that process, the ideas I had and the actions I took opened me to new opportunities and I feel sure that is the same for most people.” Plus, “I have never seen so much creativity crammed into such a small space of time. It’s amazing and seriously this is a great time to be alive.”

You can read it here and see the really bad photo of me 🙁

So, this is the time to look back at what you did that worked 11 years to get you out of that mess. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You just have to pick out the actions or tactics you used to keep going. Or as my daughter at 8 years old wrote in the post-it note above, “Don’t give UP!!!”

Here are some tips about goal setting and why I started the MondayMotivator to kickstart this process.

Goals

Step 1. Make the decision that you desire to achieve the goal – this is the most important step!
Step 2. Believe that you can achieve the goal – the next most important step!
Step 3. Write your goal on paper – if it’s not written down it doesn’t exist.
Step 4. Be honest with yourself – do you really want this?
Step 5. Analyse your present situation – where are you starting from?
Step 6. Use deadlines – duh!
Step 7. Identify rocks that stand in your way
Step 8. Identify skills you will need – do you need to learn something to achieve this goal?
Step 9. Identify those people from whom you will need co-operation – friends, family, colleagues, enemies / competitors (seriously, what can you use from them)
Step 10. Make a complete business plan around this goal
Step 11. Visualise, emotionalise, affirm – most people feel a bit yucky or that it’s woo woo and miss this step. Don’t. I have been and it’s been holding me back.
Step 12. Determine to back your plan with patience and persistence

Remember for visualisation BE, DO, HAVE.

I have to BE the person that will achieve my goals in my head before I can DO the things necessary to achieve them and then I will HAVE my goals delivered to me.

I don’t know why this works. Confirmation Bias is one theory. The Secret is not. You have to do the work.

On why I started the MondayMotivator

“I was just learning about email marketing, starting a new business, seriously broke and I thought it would be a great way of keeping in touch with my friends, family and prospects. The other reason was I had been living a lifestyle that meant my discipline was out the window and I wanted to be accountable.

That meant I had to get up on a Monday morning, be still, write and get that email out by 9 am. In the beginning, I failed a few times and people let me know. So it took a while but my discipline came back and I feel positive it’s the best thing I could have done to get myself out of a hole, inspire others.”

I know this was longer than usual but I needed to kick myself into gear and if you’ve read this far you might need the same boost.

Look, we have been here before, we made it out and through with work, creativity and enthusiasm. We can do it again!

Have a great week.

Today’s minimotivator by Neil Gaiman on hats, special hats.

Neil Gaiman

Today’s minimotivator.

Some hats can only be 
worn if you’re willing to 
be jaunty, to set them 
at an angle and to walk 
beneath them with a 
spring in your stride as 
if you’re only a step away 
from dancing. They 
demand a lot of you.

– Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

Would you such a hat?

Would you walk as if a step away from dancing?

What joy you would feel if you did. What a smile you would be wearing below your hat. What a presence you would be wherever you went.

We all need a hat like that in our lives. Look for one today and be ready to dance!

 

 

Today’s minimotivator on patience and being ready for blast off

Blast off

Today’s #minimotivator.

Patience is the ability 
to
count down before 
you
blast off.

I’m not that patient but I love a good blastoff so I’m willing to wait. Patience is a strength worth building.

The best example is the ‘overnight success’. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You never see the ten years of struggle and hard work. The patience to keep working and improve 1 or 2% every day.

That’s patience.

I’m going to keep working on it and be ready for blastoff.

Photo from Nasa: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap990720.html

Today’s minimotivator from Eleanor Roosevelt on curiosity

Eleanor Roosevelt

Today’s minimotivator.

Life was meant to be
lived and curiosity must
be kept alive. One must
never, for whatever
reason, turn one’s back
on life.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity is one of the ‘gifts’ I want to give my children. It’s a gift I was given that has kept me asking questions. Looking in wonder at rainbows and stars. And, wanting to learn as much as I can.

One of the regrets I have is that I will never have enough time to learn everything I want to. The days are never long enough when you need to sleep.

However, there are learning opportunities even in the mundane. Being in the moment of whatever you’re doing means you are ‘living’ your life.

I remember being told that Osho had said that to be mindful say to yourself I am doing this thing.

For example, if you are walking say to yourself, “I am walking”. If you are washing the dishes say, “I am washing the dishes.”

This never fails to bring a smile to me face when I say these things but brings me into the moment.

Try it now. I am reading a minimotivator…

See? A smile.

 

Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

Today’s minimotivator from Corrie Ten Boom on worry

Corrie Ten Boom

Today’s minimotivator.

Worry does not empty 
tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its 
strength.

– Corrie Ten Boom

Worrying takes energy. A lot of energy. The energy you could be putting into the day before you.

Worry can lead to anxiety and anxiety will rip you into shreds.

How do you stop worrying?

First, you must stop. Question the worried thoughts. What is the worst that can happen?

Think about the scenarios from an objective point of view. Go through them. See that today they cannot hurt you.

You could even say to yourself you will worry about that at 3pm today for 10 minutes. That can work to shut your mind off to the worrying thoughts.

Embarrassment is the killer. In my opinion, the more you can experience embarrassment in your mind from that objective point of view the less impact it will have on you.

So, use all your energy for today. Worry is for another day or even better no day at all.

Photo by Hennie Stander on Unsplash

Todays minimotivator from Kim Basinger on regret

Kim Basinger

Today’s minimotivator.

When I’m old I’m never going to say, “I didn’t do this”, or, “I regret that.”
I’m going to say, “I don’t regret a damn thing. I came, I went, and I did it all.”

- Kim Basinger

Hell yes! What Kim says.

On being a verb

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MondayMotivator

Good morning!

A verb is a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence. A doing word then.
What brought today’s subject to mind was reading this quote from Stephen Fry.

Fry wrote, “Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.”

When you set out to ‘become’ whatever you decide to do when you’re young you are generally doing it for the wrong reasons. There is a lot of outside influence on these decisions from a certain age. School, friends and family being the most influential.

From a younger age you can be anything. Artist, actor, rocket scientist, astronaut, racing car driver or a combination of all. But once we are on a path we chose from those teenage years we can be stuck. We’ve become a noun.

A nagging feeling we are not fulfilling our potential haunts us. This is not only from these early but from a deeper search for meaning.

That nagging feeling can lead us to ‘chuck in’ our career and go for our passions. A disaster waits for those who burn the lifeboats as it were with that decision.

Trying things out once we are established is more easily done these days. We can keep some measure of security whilst doing the things we believe we are passionate about.

We can be verbs.

We can be people who are doing.

Take advantage of this time of technology and freedom to try things. Something might stick and become a different path for you.

Being a noun is not what we are here for. We are here by a trillion to one chance and by remembering even the joy of thinking through, dreaming about, what we could be is being a verb.

Take a moment now to daydream about doing something other than what you’re doing today. A creative endeavour perhaps. Ponder it. Bring it to life in your mind. Maybe write it down.

Awesome! Now take that feeling into the day with you and remember to be a verb.

Have a great week.

Best regards,
Glenn Edley

Quote for the week

“We are our choices.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

 

Today’s minimotivator on moments being bigger than years

Pearl Bailey

Today’s minimotivator.

Sometimes I would 
almost rather have
people take away 
years of my life than
take away a moment.

– Pearl Bailey

For what seems like just a moment waterfalls appear out of almost nowhere after rain in our area. So, I captured the moment because tomorrow it will be a trickle and then with no rain, gone.

Moments are what we appear to remember most. Moments of experience that etch themselves deeply into our brain’s circuits.

This goes for both good and bad moments. The bad moments I try to either delete or reframe them as a lesson or zoom out so I can see them in an objective light. They don’t seem so bad from that perspective.

But the good moments, I like when they pop into my head. I can replay them again and experience the same feeling I had when they took place.

Those are the moment’s Pearl is referring too and those are the moments that come from experiences, interactions, conversations.

Do more of that.

And be able to tap into those moments and the associated feelings when you need a boost.

Today’s minimotivator from Ralph Waldo Emerson on the best day

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s minimotivator.

Write it on your heart 
that every day is the best day in the year.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I wake up I generally acknowledge that today is a great day.

Why?

Because I woke up.

I’m breathing and my nearest and dearest are up and breathing too. So, I’m at a 10 and the day hasn’t even started yet.

Do that exercise. When you wake up to acknowledge that you’re awake. That’s great!

Take that feeling into the day with you. Because one day you ain’t waking up. So, any day above ground is a good one.

And, you have the power to make of that day what you want to.

Yes. You. Do.