Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech


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“If today were the last day of my life.”

 

This is a very powerful snippet of a speech given by a very powerful individual. My father used to tell me before every little league game, “play the game today like it’s you last, because you never know when that will come true.” I’ve tried to live by this everyday in baseball, and I think it’s important to remember for life in general. We aren’t guaranteed anything in life, not even the next five minutes. Do the things you want to do, tell people how you feel about them, don’t hide in the corner, and most of all, feed your passion. Be the person you want to be, life you days as if they are going to be your last.

 

-JONES

 

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Prioritize Your Life


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In today’s world, we have an unlimited number of distractions in the palm of our hand every single day. There are pros and cons to having the ability to interact with anyone at the touch of your finger, but without having your priorities straight and in order there won’t be any pros to talk about.

For me personally, I make sure I always know what my priorities in life are every day, and make sure I stick to those whenever I’m faced with a decision. Let’s say one of my main priorities is to wake up every morning and be able to give 100% effort into my workouts, so I can unlock power and quickness in my talents. If I stay up late with friends every night, or eat bad foods throughout the day, I won’t be able to give 100% of my effort at the next workout. This doesn’t mean I’m just going to hide in a corner and never hang out with anybody, this just means that I know my priorities and won’t always go out the night before an important workout. Lets say one of your main priorities is to have dinner on the table every night for your family… Whether you’re cooking it, buying take out or eating left-overs, it’s important to separate your priorities from the less important things in your life. Maybe you forgot to clean out your car one day, but your still haven’t made dinner… Make dinner first and then worry about the car last.

It’s important to remember that when you put things off more and more (cleaning out your car,) that you make it a higher priority down the line. If you always put it off and never have time to do it, you’ll never get it done. You need to be aware of your priorities and know which ones will help you get to where you want to be at the moment, and which ones can wait. But these things don’t just come out of thin air. Sit down and think about where you want to go and figure out your priorities. When something new comes up, you can compare it to your current priorities and easily figure out which one is more beneficial to your personal growth.

Don’t be afraid to order that salad when you’re out with your friends.

Hug your friends longer instead of picking up that call.

Study a week before that big test instead of going out and partying.

Do something that will make someone smile instead of arguing.

Remember though, with all of this, don’t make it a religion. Life is about experiencing certain things and making mistakes. You need to make those mistakes to grow. But you are the ship captain of your life, and you can at least put your self on the right stretch of water so when you make those mistakes, you’re already on the right path. Go have fun, live life, and know what you want. Prioritize your life, and make the necessary changes to better yourself.

-JONES

“…It’s about not letting anything hold you back”


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Awesome video! Trust yourself. Trust your power. Believe in yourself. Never ever, give up. Always have a hunger to push forward!

Trick Your Mind!


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This morning I had to do a stationary bike workout, and I honestly wasn’t that excited to do it at first. But the day before I kept telling myself “I’m so excited and ready to do the bike workout!!” I was thinking about how I would feel after the workout, not so much physically because that wouldn’t be very positive, but mentally I was going to feel awesome and satisfied. So, short story even shorter, I woke up with excitement and did more than what I was going to do originally with the workout. And I was enthusiastic about it the whole time.

Kinda funny huh? It seems weird to think you can just keep telling yourself something and then your mind will believe it. But it really works! The best part is that your body listens to your mind, and if you’re ready and motivated up-top, your body will follow. You can apply this with anything in life! Whether it’s something that’s big or small, easy or hard, you can trick your mind into thinking you’re excited and ready for it. Let’s say you want to something as simple as waking up earlier and getting your day started. You can tell your self, and tell other people, that you just love getting up early and not wasting your day sleeping! And when you’re doing this, think of anything sort of positives about the task or goal. For instance… You love to listen to the birds sing, you love making a good healthy hearty breakfast, you like sitting down and reading the paper… Anything! You can easily trick your mind into actually believing that you like these things, and sometimes you can actually grow to like what you think you don’t. Your mind is a powerful thing, and can help you be accountable without you even knowing. If you really like something, you end up thinking about it a lot. So if you tell yourself you like something, and truly allow your mind to work with the idea, you will be able to do the things you want because your mind believes in it. Of course, this won’t work if you’re not 100% committed to the idea and you really want/need the desired outcome. Believing in yourself, believing in your thoughts and believing in your actions all help to acquire any goal. Whether it’s taking out the trash, flossing your teeth, or going above and beyond at work, it can only be done by believing you can. Trick your mind in the short-term, and the long-term will take care of itself. Get on the right path!

I love making dinner!

I love taking the stairs instead of the elevator!

I love setting goals!

I love exercising!

I love writing “Thank You” cards!

I love drinking water!

Whatever it is. Think it. Say it. Believe it. Do it.

-JONES

Evening Thought


Tonight lets discuss a certain topic. I want everyone to think of when the last time was that they had some self reflection time… Was it today? was it yesterday? Last week? Last month? Personally, for me, if your answer isn’t within the last week or two weeks, you’re slacking in my book. I don’t believe you can excel and thrive with your goals and life without any sort of self reflection. You can always ask what other people think of what you’re doing, but what about the person doing it all? You?! Take some time this week to realize where you have been, where you are, and where you want to go. A little bit of reflection can go along ways. You may find that you’re on your chosen path to success and happiness, and you also might find you’ve slipped off of that path a bit. Maybe even on a completely new path. Both of which aren’t what you want, if you know what you want. Reflect on your life this week, and ask your yourself these questions. Have the things I’ve done in the last couple months or so really helped me get to where I want to go? Have I put my all into the things I love? Do I go about life with a positive attitude that will allow me to stay motivated and upbeat? Answer these, and COMMENT on this post! Have some savvy wit your life.

 

-JONES

Impossible is Nothing: The Story of Sam Bridgman


“Even though my legs and my body and my arms don’t work as well as I want them to, my smile still works, my laugh still works, the way I think still works. And most importantly, the things I feel in my heart still work.”

 

 

 

This is a short video showing a snippet of Sam Bridgman’s life, and what he goes through on a daily basis. Sam has more struggles during a single day than most of us have in a lifetime. He gets through his days with a smile and a hard-working attitude and doesn’t quit. We can all learn something from Sam. Please share this video with someone.

 

Live everyday with drive and motivation. Never give up. Reach your dreams.

 

-JONES