“We need to redefine leadership”


video shared from TED.com

 

If you’ve never explored around on TED.com and looked through the abundance of amazing videos they have, please do it today. This is one is a short video that has a lot of meaning! Why is it that people view leadership as “changing the world?” As Drew tells his story, we understand that leadership isn’t always that big of a thing. It’s about being confident, courageous, honest and true to yourself. Being a leader can be as simple as being a person that one other person looks up to. Watch this video and go to the website… Lots to watch!

 

-JONES

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Steve Jobs – Inspirational Speech


(video shared from YouTube)

 

“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

 

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

Set A Goal


When was the last time you set a goal? Big or small… Easy or difficult… Think about it for a second. If you have come to realize that it’s been a while for you, make a goal! Think about anything in your life you want to achieve. Maybe it’s “I want to get up on time tomorrow morning and get my day started.” Think about it, write it down and read it aloud to yourself. Let your brain work and find ways to do things you want to do. I say this a lot, but the mind is a very powerful tool in life. Utilize it, know it, understand it and let it achieve! So… After you read this, set a goal. It can be a huge life long goal, or a simple goal that will be accomplished by dinner, but either way… Write one down! I’m challenging you! Let me know what goals you make! COMMENT!

 

-JONES

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


Video shared from YouTube.

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

Laugh it Up!


Going through life with serious goals with a serious motivation is awesome and I applaud anyone who does this. But, it’s always beneficial to able to laugh. Laugh at yourself, laugh at/with someone else, laugh when your happy and laugh for no reason at all! I personally don’t fully believe in the quote “don’t take life too seriously,” because life is a unique opportunity to do anything you want! But I do believe in the fact that you shouldn’t live without humor and fun, because these are the things that will keep you sane in this world. Have some fun, laugh out loud! Laugh until your stomach actually hurts and nothings funny about it! Have serious goals and take your life somewhat seriously, but know how to laugh and have a good time on this journey. COMMENT with something funny!

 

 

Video shared from YouTube.

LAUGH!!

 

-JONES

 

 

Reward Yourself


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It’s important to remember that rewarding yourself is an essential part in your part to success. Don’t be a drill sergeant to yourself everyday, take sometime and give yourself something that makes you happy, because you’ve worked so hard! This morning I had to do my track workout, I wanted to reward myself after. When you have a reward to look forward to, you can get through things easier and with a better attitude, which is key. The reward I was going to give to myself was a nice hot tub relaxation time afterwards. Knowing this During my morning workout made it easier to focus, because I knew that my post-workout activity would make it all worth it.

 

Obviously, there are ultimate rewards when you’re reaching a goal, like the main goal(s) and short-term goals along the way. But, it’s good to allow yourself to have small rewards on the road to success. Whether it’s a piece of chocolate after a good week of healthy eating, a new pair of jeans because you’ve been doing great at workout lately, a nice nap after a hard week of working your butt off or a hot tub session… Anything that’s small and makes you happy will help you achieve your greatest dreams!

 

Do it today! create a small goal for yourself, and have a small reward WHEN (not “if”) you get it done. You’ll see how easy it is to complete the goal! GO!

 

-JONES