How Much More Motivation do You Really Need?

Motivation should be part of your regular life – it is necessary to keep you uplifted but some of us get stuck on being motivated and do not move beyond the message. How many motivational books and quotes have you read? How many motivational conferences do you attend? How many videos and podcasts do you listen to? I ask this not to say that you should stop being motivated but if you are not using the principles that you are learning to move forward what is the point? Some people are genuinely stuck in the motivational cycle – constantly seeking the answer to the questions they already have the capability of answering for themselves. I have been inspired by so many great book and inspirational business leaders like Oprah and Carla Harris, I have spent time listening to so many fantastic interviews and every time I am uplifted by their messages I do my best to activate the lessons from those messages. That is what I would like you to do – I would like you to start activating the lesson in every motivational message you hear/read/watch. Activating may not even mean doing something tangible in that moment it could be finding peace and joy at a time when you feel down and worried.  

In this video I ask you to think about how much more motivation you need and how you can move forward in the direction of your goals: 

Delay Is Not Denial

Delay is not denial!

Repeat that a few times and let it sink in!

In this business video I’m sharing a slightly different style of message. After having conversations with some mentees about progress I just wanted to encourage other people who might need this reminder. I am not a business coach but I understand the challenges that business owners face.

In business it can seem like things may not being moving in the right direction. But quite often when things take longer than we anticipate it’s for good reason, it means that the timing is not quite right for a breakthrough in your business but that doesn’t mean that the breakthrough isn’t going to happen.
Don’t lose hope, don’t get caught up believing that because what you want to happen hasn’t happened yet that it never will!
Keep in touch and share your experiences.
@ronkelawal – Twitter
@ronke.lawal – Instagram

How Muhammad Ali Inspired Me to Win at Life

It has taken me a while to write this post, I am not sure why though. Perhaps it was just a matter of finding the right words at the right time. It was not because I was in some sort of denial over his passing because we had him for so long, it was his time to pass and we were blessed to have had him at all.

Muhammad Ali inspired me in so many ways and yet I grew up long after he had stopped boxing. That is simply a reflection of how much of a legacy he had built. Like anyone who has ever truly lived their truth and served their full purpose on Earth, Muhammad Ali’s legacy will never be forgotten, he made such an impact on the world. When business challenges start to weigh me down once in a while I’d read a quote from him and just feel motivated to keep on trying, to not give up.

“I’m going to dedicate my life to using my name and my popularity to help people and unite people” – Muhammad Ali. 

Put simply he was a sports personality who used his influence and name to do good and give back in so many ways. He was such a media savvy individual, I have no doubt that his PR team must have been in heaven every time he did or said something which was deemed as controversial. He knew how to work the press to his advantage and knew the power of PR so well that very often it seems as though he controlled the narrative that surrounded him…even some of the negative coverage. Here is an excellent piece featuring one of the publicists who represented him:

He was a teacher too, his confidence and pursuit of equality for black people during his lifetime inspired me to be proud. He reminded me that it was up to me to win at life, whenever I forgot I see his words and remember.

Muhammad Ali

He was of course human and made mistakes along the way,  yet his courage and determination were out of this world. He stood up for what he believed in and even as his health deteriorated he still did what he could to uplift and inspire generations. Growing up I couldn’t identify with many of the fairy tales that society wanted us to find our heroes from and so I had to look elsewhere. My family was of course my first port of call, my parents were and still are proud Nigerians and in fact it was my father’s love of boxing that opened me up to the world of Muhammad Ali. Outside of them a personality like Muhammad Ali was a real life hero to me. A black man who was unashamedly black. He represented the truth that my parents instilled in me, that black people are a people of dignity and excellence no matter what. No matter what damaging ideologies that society keeps trying to force us to believe. We are great. We can be great no matter what barriers we are faced with.

As a black woman in business he truly made me want be a champion. I will watch my DVDs of his fights and read his quotes and remember that with every win comes a chance to truly be great, a chance to leave a legacy and make a difference in this world and for that I will always be grateful for his life.

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” – Muhammad Ali, January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

12 Inspirational Messages To Read Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up

Sometimes you need a pep talk, when you’re on the edge and things aren’t going quite as well as you planned. Whether you are running your own business, have a career or just living your life we all need some words of encouragement to give us hope and remind us not to give up. These are just a few inspirational messages which I like that will remind you not to give up, that will hopefully put things in perspective. Remember that no matter what you are going through the challenges will not last forever, where there is life there is always hope. Do what you can to take care of your mental and spiritual well being. Read these messages,  use them, tweet them but most of all BELIEVE them!

12 Inspirational Messages To Read Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up12 Inspirational Messages To Read Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up

The future…

“Just remember, when you think all is lost, the future remains.” – Dr. Robert H. Goddard

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” Helen Keller

Take responsibility…

“You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.” Oprah Winfrey

Be confident…
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” –Beverly Sills

“Everything is a gift of the universe–even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.” Ken Keyes Jr.

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” –Marie Curie

Live your dream…
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” –Les Brown

Be patient…
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” Carl Jung

Be grateful…
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

Do not stop…
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius

Let me know which of these resonates with you the most.

Leave a comment or tweet me @ronkelawal