I was eating out at a restaurant when a conversation behind me caught my attention. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop in as the man was sharing with his date what he was looking for in a woman. He said, “I want her to inspire me.” (I know, it’s rude to eavesdrop, but you might have too;) lol.
That struck a chord with me. Isn’t that what most of us are searching for not only in a partner, but in all of our lives from work, fitness, church, to entertainment and fashion. “Inspire me.”
When I see pictures like this one of Aimee Mullins, I’m amazed. She was born without shinbones and had her legs amputated at the knee at age of one. Doctors told her family that she might never learn to walk, but she overcame this negative expectation. With prosthetic legs, she set 3 world records at the Paralympics in 1996 in the 100m, 200m, and long jump.
There are many stories from paraplegic athletes that testify how toughness is in the soul and spirit, not the muscles. These athletes didn’t wait around for someone to “inspire them.” That type of inspiration is short lived. Their sustaining power came in using their limitation to make them stronger, more determined and focused.
Although we need to surround ourselves with friends, coaches, and teachers that challenge us to be more, the real fuel has to come from within.
What do you do when you have worked all day and the idea of making a healthy meal or going to the gym seems daunting?
You blow into your own sails and engage the will.
- Realize the difference between try and triumph is a little “umph.”
- When you feel like quitting you think about why you started.
- Do it to make yourself proud.
- Know that physical training helps you manage difficult times in your life.
- Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
We have much more in us than we may believe. Look for inspiration around you and within you. Find ways to give encouragement to others. This kind of motivation is the difference between victory and defeat.