Finding Inspiration and Motivation

When things in life are bad, it’s worthwhile taking a moment to check out some of the wonderful things you find on this great internet of ours, for the purposes of inspiration and motivation in life. Here are a few of my favourites:

The Holstee Manifesto

This is pure inspiration on a sheet of A4.

The CrossFit Motto

Or sometimes called the CrossFit Promise or Crossfit Mindset, depending on source. Either way, it does sum up a lot of CrossFitters I know, and reminds me to occasionally keep my mouth shut when I have stuff to moan about.

1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can.

2. Lactic acid is my friend. The wind is my friend. Anything that opposes me is actually helping me to become stronger. If I had no opposition, I would be weak.

3. If I can run, I run. If I have to walk, I walk. When I am forced to crawl, I crawl. And then I rest and live to fight another day.

4. I fear no man but I fear my workout. If I don’t fear my workout, it isn’t hard enough.

5. I may puke. I may cry. But I will not quit. Ever.

6. I never cheat. There is no honor in cheating. What joy can there be in a victory I did not earn?

7. The workout missed is the opportunity missed. I will not cheat myself of the opportunity to become a better athlete and person.

8. I understand the value of the push-up, the pull-up, the sit-up, the squat, and the deadlift. Just as there are a million ways to make chicken, so too are there a million ways to squat, sit up, pull up, push up, and deadlift.

9. I will give everything I have. And then I will find more within myself.

10. I don’t complain. Complaining is for crybabies. There are 250 babies born every minute worldwide. I will leave the crying to them and I will soldier on.

11. I will bite off challenges, spit out results, and beg for more.

What are you going to do?

My PC’s Wallpaper

This collection of quotes I’ve put together is what I have as the wallpaper on my PC, to help keep me focused every day:

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

You will never get this day back again, don’t waste it!

Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

On your deathbed, are you going to wish you’d watched more TV? Or wish you’d made more of your life?

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Construct sufficient meaning to support actual living, and not just mere existence.

Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?

What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

This comes from the amazing mind of Frank Herbert, in his classic book Dune.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Hmmmm, time to do some more work! 🙂

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  • Felix Frank 7 November 2011, 2:24 am

    It’s great to see so many different sources of fitness inspiration whether it’s for CrossFit or any other exercise form. Just as there’s a million ways to work out, and there’s just as many ways to find inspiration. Great blogs, for example!

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