Former wrestler The Ultimate Warrior tells you how to live.
Former wrestler The Ultimate Warrior tells you how to live.
I’ve been working my ass off the last few months. I can’t remember when I took the last day off, it’s probably been about a month and a half ago, maybe two months, possibly more. During the 7 day a week, 12+ hour days I would come here to get motivation to keep going, as sometimes it seemed like I didn’t have what it took to do what was required. The video’s here helped me think that if you guys can work your ass off, day in day out in pursuit of a larger goal, than so can I.
YesterdayI finished my first year of law school, finally got the girl I’ve been chasing all year (so hot, so awesome), and now the only thing left to do is pick one of the four competing paid summer internships I have been offered. When I was going through it I felt like I was sacrificing a lot. I wasn’t seeing my friends, some of my fitness has deteriorated, and the pure insanity of spending 12 hours a day in the library every day. But now it’s all worth it, I’m 1/3rd of my way towards accomplishing my goal of becoming a lawyer, employment prospects look solid as of right now, I got the girl, and all my friends are still awesome. Life is good. And now it’s time to hang out with some friends I haven’t seen in far too long, and put the brain on ice for a little while.
These were my favorite motivational videos when I really needed something to keep going.
Also, don’t forget to call your mom tomorrow. Maybe send some flowers.
To become a stage 2 wolf you need to do more than submit a post about how you really rocked it at the gym. Taking your life to the next level takes a little bit of work, but I can tell you that time spent on these exercises will be time well spent.
First off, why are you trying to get motivated? I can think of two main reasons:
I want to get motivated to get off my butt and make my life better.
I want motivation to get this work done that I've been putting off, I don't even really want to do this.
If you think of another reason, let me know and I'll address it!
In both of these cases, it is likely that part of the reason for lack of motivation is that – in my mind I have put a lot of focus on the reasons why I don't want to do the work/action. Any time you give in to your temptation of skipping a run or doing work in favour of sleeping in or browsing reddit, you weaken your willpower. That isn't to say that I should work and run every minute of the day, but I should have a sensible schedule for various activities and get them done during the time I've set aside for them.
So in general I want to get motivated to make my life better. Even if I want to get motivated to do my 9-5 work, the end reason for doing this work is to get paid and promoted so I can improve my life.
Getting motivated isn't limited to your profession and your exercise. Every part of your life can and should be improved. Take 10-15 minutes now to make a list of all the categories of your life, even your recreation and anything you spend time doing. If you've done a list like this before, go and find it now and update it. If you can't find it in 5 minutes, stop and make a new one. Here is an example.
The trick is you need to check this often to keep yourself aware that life is so much bigger than the small stuff we get caught up in day-to-day. I would recommend keeping this in your diary and checking over it every day, add stuff as you gain new responsibilities, make new friends and seek new interests.
It sounds cliche, but it really is important. Have a think about what you want your life to essentially be about.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. -Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
What do you want your life to mean? Answer this now without paralysing yourself by thinking you can never go back and change it. Write down what you think sounds good for now and make regular changes to it, you can keep it in your diary with your life list.
Every person should know their strengths and continue to improve them. Equally valuable is knowing ones weaknesses and bringing those to a level above what some consider strengths. Being clear about your strengths gives you a better frame of mind when dealing with testing situations. I think if someone came to me and said “I have a test of your problem solving abilities!” I would respond more favourably than if someone came up to me while I was stressed and said “I need you to do this!” Even though the tasks and even my stressed state might be the same in both cases, in the former example I would start with the frame of mind of “Time to call on one of my strengths” rather than “OMG another thing to deal with.”
What habits would greatly increase the quality of your life if you could add an activity you perform daily into your everyday life? Running? Planning? Reading up on discussions of how best to do your job?
Becoming a stage 2 wolf means you need to spend time regularly on the activities above. These planning activities take you out of your daily grind and get you to stop and think about why you're doing what you're doing. Often people get so caught up in getting stuff done that they forget why they're doing it.
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. “You can quickly grasp the important difference between the two if you envision a group of producers cutting their way through the jungle with machetes. They’re the producers, the problem solvers. They’re cutting through the undergrowth, clearing it out. The managers are behind them, sharpening their machetes, writing policy and procedure manuals, holding muscle development programs, bringing in improved technologies and setting up working schedules and compensation programs for the workers. The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle!” But how do the busy, efficient producers and managers often respond? “Shut up! We’re making progress.” As individuals, groups, and businesses, we’re often so busy cutting through the undergrowth we don’t even realize we’re in the wrong jungle” – Stephen Covey
The tasks I've set for you are leadership exercises. This is getting you to stand up the tallest tree and peer as far forward as you can, to the end of your life, to see where you'll end up if you continue in the same direction and to get you to change your course if necessary.
Previous motivational mondays:
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Convicted felon here. This is my success story for Motivated May. Stand by for Don't Judge Me June.
I was convicted of a felony 7 years ago. The judge granted me 5 years supervised probation with 19 years back-up time. So if I screw up and violate, that's right ladies and gents, see you in 19 years. I have struggled finding work for the last seven years. Only finding odds and ends, under the table, or low paying no room for advancement jobs. Well with a shitty economy and a felony on my record you can imagine trying to land decent work. Here's the best part.
I went to a group interview last week. Scared out of my mind and nerveous, I let everyone bury themselves. The guy across the table raises his hand, “I believe something happened to the economy.” Go on you're doing a great job at this condescendingwonka.jpg “And that in time it will all be turned around. That is all.” Thank you Captain Obvious. The guy next to me just was released from 2 years of workman's comp and cleared by his doctor to return to work. Bye Bye buddy. So one by one they drop like flies.
Eventually we tour the facility and return to the conference room where Bossman announces one-on-one interviews. When it comes time I march back to his office and do my best.
I start like this, “First and foremost, sir, I would like to thank you for this opurtunity. I would also like to mention that on the first page of the application that if it were three days from now (Have you been convicted of a felony in the last 7 years?) I could answer that question NO.” He responds to the tune of how much he admires my honesty and integrity. Then looks me dead in the eye: you have five minutes to sell yourself, go!
I don't remember what exactly I said but I poured my heart out to this man and told him how much drive I have. I told him I have a fire in my belly and it burns for success. At about two minutes, the boss puts his hand up and tears my application up. I teared up and got misty eyed. This is the eleventy ninth time and I know what's coming. My fear of rejection tells me i have failed yet again and here comes the 'wish i could help you.' He proceeds to put my application in the shredder. Then says to me: “Today's your lucky day. Go sit in the conference room and send everyone else home.”
What?! I did it! Success. I do as I'm told and he greats me with the other supervisors in the meeting room. Bossman hands me a new application and tells me to come back in four days with that box checked NO. He tells me not to make him wait. I thanked him, damn I even wanted to hug him.
I returned to the company and was hired. My salary will smash the last five years salary combined. I was given a second chance. Get motivated, because if a convicted felon can make it in this crap-ANYONE CAN.
tl;dr: I was given a second chance in life at an awesome job that pays great by a believer.
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