”Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
—Laura Esquivel, Mexican novelist, screenwriter and politician
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Just like a single hand is unable to clap without another, we all need assistance from time to time to have our inner spark ignite and keep burning.
Consider your relationships with close friends, parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and other individuals. How have they sparked ideas and helped you stay motivated and in action to see things through?
Most images of match boxes show only a limited number of matches inside, with somewhere between 20 and 32 matches. I did, however, find a jumbo box with a count of 300 and numerous multi box options!
How many matches have you used so far? How many are left? Who are the current individuals who partner with you so that you can burn brightly and perhaps shed light on others? Where and with whom are you the flint to help others spark their unique gifts and talent?
“Measure wealth not by the thing you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.”
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It was the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games that inspired me to become a coach. Here were some of the best athletes in the world, and they all worked with a coach to pursue and achieve excellence in their chosen sport.
Where are you currently pursuing personal or professional excellence?
Did you know that based on current market prices, a 2016 Gold Medal is worth about $587, given that it is composed of 494 grams of silver and 6 grams of gold?
What do you think these symbols of extraordinary effort and achievement are worth to these remarkable athletes? What would you imagine is the intrinsic value of the Olympic experience?
In what ways do you live a gold medal life?
What in your life do you consider priceless?
Take some time today to be more fully grateful for all the blessings and riches we sometimes forget.
“Don’t wait for inspiration.”
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Waking up this morning, I was not particularly inspired to leap out of my warm, cozy bed to meditate, take my daily walk, or for that matter, begin writing today’s Quotable Coach post.
I did all those things anyway.
Consider counting the times in the past week that you felt the urge to take on a particular task or activity.
Take this little test: On a one-to-ten scale, rate each of the activities on this list as “inspirational”:
- Making your bed
- Daily hygiene efforts
- Preparing (hopefully healthy) meals
- Household chores such as laundry
- Mowing the lawn & other yard work
- Paying bills
- Daily exercise
- Going to work
Given your responses, is it a wonder we ever get out of bed at all?
If you have children and ask them to help with some of those activities – or simply to do their homework and clean their rooms – what responses do you get? What seems to mobilize us to action is our commitments and not our comfort.
How might a shift from “I have to” to an “I get to” perspective help you achieve a more inspired life?
FRIDAY REVIEW: INSPIRATION
What inspires you? How do you inspire others? Here are a few inspiration-related posts you may have missed.
“Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
“The thought is father to the deed.”
—Sigmund Freud, 20th Century Austrian founder of psychoanalysis
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Sigmund Freud, who lived between 1856 and 1939, was the founder of psychoanalysis, a method used for treating mental illness, and a theory which explains human behavior.
Among his various contributions, he developed a topographical model of the mind. He proposed that the mind was analogous to an iceberg, with the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious minds representing different levels of awareness.
I suggest a bit of editing in today’s quote. Consider replacing the word “father” with “mother,” or at least adding it, given what is required for the conception and eventual birth of an idea, a person, and of course, their deeds.
How can you examine and explore your thinking on all levels to more fully conceive and give birth to your most meaningful and inspired actions, to better your world?
“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching because whatever you see can inspire you.”
—Grace Coddington, Vogue Magazine Creative Director
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Over a three day holiday, I binged-watched a Netflix series titled “Natural Curiosities,” with one of my favorite narrators, David Attenborough. I love his accent, his passion for nature, and of course, his enthusiastic curiosity for the vast diversity and miraculous aspects of the animal world.
This series took a far deeper look into many creatures I thought I knew reasonably well, given the science-buff status I’ve given myself over the years.
Looking at many creatures with new eyes and Attenborough’s expanded view and insight inspired, entertained, and educated me for hours.
Where can you discover far greater inspiration in your life by widening your perspective, and looking more deeply and carefully at the world around you?
FRIDAY REVIEW: INSPIRATION
What inspires you? Here are a few inspiration-related posts you may have missed. Click the links to read the full message.
“Your Greatness is measured by your horizons.”
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.”
“What would have drawn a ‘WOW’ fifteen years ago won’t draw a yawn today.”
-Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts
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My first “WOW!” experience with technology occurred about 50 years ago in a department store in the Philadelphia area. I came upon a 10’ x 8” LED calculator that added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided—that’s it!
I was completely mesmerized for almost an hour by this magic box that seemed to complete an infinite number of calculations at the speed of light.
This experience seems downright primitive compared to the technological advancements since then. Just look at the children around you, playing with phones, tablets, gaming stations, and many other magical devices.
Where and in what ways can you maintain or even expand that “WOW!“ factor in your personal and professional worlds, to experience greater success and youthful exuberance?
“Set your life on Fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
—Rumi, 13th century Persian Poet
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Most people and many organizations embark on a fresh and inspired start at the beginning of each new year. Without question, you can feel the flames of their purpose and passions. Unfortunately, many of those fires are smoldering embers by now, or may be extinguished altogether.
Rumi knew long ago about the critical component that social support can provide to help keep those inspired flames alive. The engagement of social support from friends, family, co-workers, mentors, and coaches is like an insurance policy that boosts the odds of successful outcomes many fold.
Where would seeking and securing additional social support keep your personal or professional fires burning?
Where can and will you fan the flames of those you care about to return the favor?
One of my favorite books that emphasizes this critical idea is Influencer: The Power to Change Anything by Kerry Patterson, and Joseph Grenny.