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5 Things that Motivate Me

Sunday, February 28, 2010

1. Taking resposibility to change my future
2. Feeling empowered with what I can do now
3. Age gracefully
4. Better mental health when I am making healthy choices
5. Compliments, results, and inspiring others

There are so many other things like buying clothes from any store I want, feeling muscles and bones where there use to fat, being a healthy person, grandmother, mother, wife. I could name a lot more. These are all reasons why I need to finish this journey and become as healthy as I can. It is only because of the Lord directing me to Spark People and helping me each and everyday day that I allow Him to and the wonderful support of my SparkFriends and Family that I have been able to accomplish what I have so far and with the continued support and encouragement I will succeed.

  
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DZINE4KING 3/3/2010 12:12PM

    You are definitely a motivator to me! Knowing that you used to have knee problems, and now walking miles at a time! It makes we want to be there! Thanks for being there for me!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/2/2010 6:46AM

    You hit it all right on. Thru the Lord's strength, you are able to do anything!!!

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JD12345 3/1/2010 7:30PM

  You DO motivate me. Reading your input is always helpful. But seeing you at the Y and the change in your shape is way up as a motivator!!!! Thanks

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NANNYSTEF 3/1/2010 5:36PM

    Great Motivators!

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 3/1/2010 1:58PM

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CXNLITTLE 3/1/2010 2:19AM

    You are doing great getting goals me! Thank you for being so inspiring!

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SNOWHIT 2/28/2010 8:24AM

    Good luck in pursuing your goals. This should help keep you motivated.

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What makes a champion?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By graham and julie
By Nov 8 2004 - 11:17am

Imagine for a moment that you are a champion. You are the best in your town . No, you are the best in your country. How does that make you feel? Good yeah? You are a champion. What are you the champion of? What is your major strength? Are you a good leader? A good strategist. A great tactician. A team builder perhaps. A great listener. Perhaps you have the ability to develop and grow the skills of others. Whatever it is, you have the talent to become a champion. All you need to do is to understand what it is that makes a champion. In this article we are going to introduce you to a new awareness. We are going to open up your mind to the invisible world of what makes a champion.


Personally, we think there are four major criteria that make a champion. You probably know what they are: Talent, courage, tenacity and mind set. You have each of them but do you use them?

Guess what! You have the talent to become a champion. But first it is a case of identifying what your talent is. It is easy if you have a talent for running, swimming, cycling, football or any sporting talent but we are talking of a talent that is not readily identifiable but can make you into a champion.
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Stop for a moment. We want you to take a little time and think about your own talents and qualities. Just let your mind roll back and list all your achievements. All the things never mind how big or small that YOU consider to be an achievement in your life.


Now review your list. Can you see a pattern?

Listen to yourself…… What do you feel is important to you. Be honest.
What are you good at?
What do you like doing?

Are YOU competitive?

Does your pattern and your inside voice show you, you get your kicks from helping others; being useful to society or does money motivate you?

Now you are sure you have talent. Perhaps there is a natural energy about you. A way in which others naturally listen to what you have to say. Perhaps it is an ability to make others follow you. Perhaps you are naturally persistent. You find others naturally do what you suggested. Perhaps you have natural courage. Perhaps it is a talent that is easily recognisable like painting, drawing, playing football or whatever.

Whatever it is you are now able to identify your key core skills, your talents. The skills that you use when you are functioning at your full potential.

But there is a long road between identifying your talents and being a champion. If you want to be a champion you need to harness other talents. Those that have been on idle or haven’t been used at all because you are totally preoccupied with a certain way of living. Those that have, for whatever reason, been pushed into the background and forgotten. In our experience, people often sabotage their own efforts. They are aware they have special skills, abilities and qualities but they keep them turned off most of the time. They go through life only make effort when they want to make effort. Then and only then do they fully utilise their hidden talents. At that time, and that time only, are they at their most alert.

Think for a moment and list your hidden, natural talents that you know exist but are not being fully used.

The point is now you have written down and accepted both your hidden and surface skills, abilities and qualities do you have the courage to use them to reach your full potential.
Do you have the courage to succeed?

Do you have the courage to accept that there is a different life out there for you? A life where you are a champion. A person who lives or wants to live to their full potential.

Do you have the courage to go against the ‘natural’ flow dictated by others? To overcome the dream stealers with their pronouncements of gloom. For example: “you can’t make money out of that”. “You are not good enough”. “Do you know how many people have tried to make a living doing that?” Etc etc etc. All destined to stop you from fulfilling your potential.

If you want to reach your potential. If you want to succeed. You have to have courage. The courage to focus on your skills, abilities, qualities, talents and stay with them and work out how you can best live a full life rather than one you feel you ought to live in order to keep others happy and make a living.

Now you have identified all your attributes and have the courage to move forward do you have the tenacity to be a champion?.
Do you have the determination to keep going when all appears to be against you?
Can you dig deep and keep focussed on your dream when others are putting you down? Tenacity means the ability to keep focussed on your dream.
To be determined to improve your skills, talent and abilities day in day out.
To Practice. For example: A musician has a talent, skills and abilities but is useless without daily practice. Do you have the tenacity, the determination to practice your skills daily? If you are a writer do you write every day? If you are a salesperson do you practice your product knowledge everyday? Are you totally aware of your competitors product? Are you aware of the most likely questions a potential customer is likely to ask? Do you talk to someone everyday about you product? If you are a web designer do you practice every day? Are you a member of numerous forums to hone your skills?

Whatever your skill is, whatever your talent is, do you practice it every day. Do you constantly search the web and other periodicals for information about your skills and abilities to make you better than everyone else? Or are you satisfied with your level of skill? Are you driven to be a champion or do you accept second, third, fourth….place?

What is your mindset? What are the thoughts that run your life? Are they negative or positive? Do you tell yourself that providing you scrape by all is well? If only I can earn $20,000 dollars a year I will be OK. Or do you tell yourself to use your abilities, skills and qualities to the full each and every day? Whatever motivates you; money, prestige, social conscience, whatever, look at your mindset? Do you have the thoughts of a champion or the thoughts of a competitor?.

So what makes champions? Talent, Courage, Tenacity and Mindset. The ability to constantly make an effort. The ability to work at what you want. The ability to believe in yourself. The ability to keep going when others have thrown in the towel. The ability to realise that you can achieve your dream. The ability to keep focussed. Talent and mental strength. The willingness to keep practicing, keep developing your talent irrespective of what others say. You have the ability. You have the talent. All you have to do is believe in yourself.

What makes a champion? The invisible world of Talent, Courage, Tenacity and Mindset. This is what makes a champion.

Good Luck

Graham and Julie

  
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TAMSPARKLESTOO 2/24/2010 11:45AM

    Seems as if I have a lot to think about now. Thank you, Leona! I'll be getting back to you on my championness. (Not a word but it worked.) 8-)

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May You Be Blessed

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

www.blessyoumovie.com/

A friend sent this link to me awhile ago and it blessed me and I hope it will bless all my friends here.

  
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TAMSPARKLESTOO 2/24/2010 11:40AM

    Thank you for sharing! There's not a day goes by that I don't feel blessed. I'm surrounded by it and I'm sure others are too if they'd take the time to notice.

Hugs.

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JANE1216 2/23/2010 9:26PM

    Thanks for sharing this -- it was just what I needed!

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CXNLITTLE 2/23/2010 11:33AM

    THANKS FOR SHARING

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CRYSTALANGEL28 2/23/2010 10:20AM

    I have seen this movie before but it's lovely.
Thanks for sharing it xx

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TONYA_DIMPLES 2/23/2010 1:51AM

    Hey Leona, you have truly blessed me by posting this. I am in such a dark place in my heart right now , and I didn't want to "whine" about it today. You have made a way for my heart to be a little lighter and I thank you for that. 5 Star Motivator is the perfect title for you. emoticon emoticon

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Vintage Sparking my Valentine Friends

Sunday, February 14, 2010




I found hundreds today and just wanted to share these with my special Spark Buddies!

  
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TAMSPARKLESTOO 2/15/2010 12:15AM

    Thanks for sharing. Cute.

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DEB2010 2/14/2010 2:38PM

    I really enjoyed these valentines, thanks, loved the John 3:16 the best. Happy Valentines Day!!

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PHOENIX2K10 2/14/2010 12:04PM

    Your page always inspires me. I am trying to find time to visit more often. Your are wonderful and I really appreciate you. Thank you for always encouraging me even when I am unable to visit your site. You have no idea how much I appreciate you. When I do not go online and visit my friends site I realize that I tend to slip in my motivation. When I come on and see the struggles and success I am once again 'charged' with the desire for success. YOU ARE APPRECIATED.

One last thing, I would like to get the last entry on your quotes and put on my wall where do I find it?

God bless you my dear.
Phoenix

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TAZIAH 2/14/2010 8:01AM

    Oh that last one is just darling! I've never seen that one before!! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Valentine's Day!! emoticon

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CARRIE1948 2/14/2010 7:51AM

    Cute.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 2/14/2010 7:03AM

    Excellent! And you saved the best one for last!!!

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So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I've left behind
I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can't stop me now
And you can do the same
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It's never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
Still so many answers I don't know
Realise that to question is how we grow
So I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can't stop me now
And you can do the same
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It's never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
We need a change
Do it today
I can feel my spirit rising
We need a change
So do it today
'Cause I can see a clear horizon
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?
'Cause you could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today
You could be so many people?
Just make that break for freedom
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

By Heather Small

Today I went and found the words online and thought I woulld post them in my blog!

Please leave a comment of what you have done today to make you feel proud.

  
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MAMAJ21357 2/13/2010 11:13PM

    I went to the mall with my granddaughter. And apparently had the BEST day of her life emoticon
I am so proud of our family. I am blessed

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TAMSPARKLESTOO 2/13/2010 2:16PM

    As I read this this morning I have to say so far, absolutely nothing. Since I've only been out of bed for 45 minutes (all of which I've been sparking) I have decided the day is still young so I may have to report back to you on this one.

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KLASSIE 2/13/2010 2:16PM

    I haven't done anything yet that I can really say that I'm proud of myself, but I'm going to make sure that the day doesn't end without me having a notch on my belt. Thanks for this blog. Makes me mindful of the need to do one worthy thing per day.

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ZAHNASGRANDMA 2/13/2010 7:09AM

    It is early in the morning, I have a full day ahead, I have spend the last hour on my knees reflecting on something I read on anther's blog. She wrote.

Self love - ouch! Hard subject. How many years have I looked in the mirror and thought that I didn't like the me I saw? I was measuring myself by the worlds standards of beauty as if that is really what I should be measured by. After years of searching, I learned the truth, skinny, fat, perfect or with imperfections I was made in God's plan and filled with gifts that I could recognize or waste. I choose not to waste. Slowly I've learned to like who I am. I see my strengths and weaknesses and while the image in the mirror isn't perfect and I'm working to heal my body, it is me. The me I have become, the one who is still growing and learning, and the one who is grateful for the days and challenges ahead. Everything I face brings more understanding to who I am. I may not like what I have to face but I do get to learn from it. Even that is a blessing.

May you look in the mirror today and see you are an incredible creation. I know that's what I see in you.


So what have I done to make me feel proud, I prayed and I am proud not only that I took the time to pray, I am proud that I know how to pray, that I was taught how to pray, that I can teach others how to pray and I am proud that I am a Christian and Love God and Jesus and proud that I am proud to say what I have said.

Amen

Virginia


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PEACEPOET 2/13/2010 1:14AM

    Oh, I LOVE that song! Thanks for posting it. And great idea to have us post something that made us proud.

Well, one thing I didn't do today, I did it for 2 1/2 years though--and today my diploma for my Master's Degree arrived in the mail! :)

Choices I made today that made me proud: despite tonight being a "planned splurge" because we went out for an early Valentine's Day date at the Olive Garden, I had only water to drink and no dessert so I minimized the "damage".

Also, I fit a workout into my very busy day, knowing I'd need it to help balance the splurge meal.

I think that's it. :)

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