Motivational Soundtrack – Overcomer (Mandisa)

I love to start my Sunday with music playing in the background as the whole family get’s ready for a day that is mostly about relaxing and enjoying time together. Today’s soundtrack is one that the whole family sings to on a daily basis.

We all go through difficult moments in life. We face struggles unique to our situation, and challenges that we must overcome. Sometimes what we go through is long-term and other types it’s temporary; for the here and now. I don’t want to be bogged down by the negative.

Ahead of another week I think this is the perfect soundtrack to keep me and my family motivated. I especially don’t my children frustrated with life’s circumstances. I want them to face reality and make the best of it. We don’t get to choose the cards we’re dealt in life but we still get to play. This song is an encouragement to live life and face what is thrown at us with confidence.

I love how Mandisa set this song to simple yet powerful lyrics. I love the call to stay in the “fight to the final round” and how life is described as a journey of ups and downs and it’s in the low moments that we are reminded to get up and overcome. Her examples on the video clip are based on the real life stories of people know to us. I love the real touch this video gives to this song’s message.

Getting back to running and exercising

Motivated to start running again

One of my first posts on this blog was about me running and completing a marathon. This accomplishment still ranks high in my life and I will never forget the emotions I felt when I crossed that finish line. If you are a runner you understand what I’m saying; to give up of your time in preparation for such a challenge, in that moment of closing in on your goal the whole world stops and there is this burst of adrenaline that makes your body move beyond anything you could ever imagine. Feeling tired won’t stop you. The pain won’t stop. Completing the marathon becomes an inner ambition that clings to your soul.

No one expresses this feeling better than Dean Karnazes in his book “The Ultra Marathon Man”. Dean shares of this love for running and how it become his personal moment of reflection. Running reset his life on a course that brought him joy and a few accolades. If you love running or find peace in the simple act of journeying by foot, this book is a must read. It will motivate you to get up and get moving. It has done that to me.

Since that marathon day I have yet to enter on another race. I remember setting my eyes on the Ironman and felling invincible. Beyond naive, my thoughts were simply unrealistic. Especially since I didn’t keep up with the training regiment. And recently I’ve thought of that marathon day and have questioned it: What was it for? What did it mean? Instead of being the final day of a challenge that day become the first day of a life transformed. When you achieve a goal it’s normal to pause and recognize what you have accomplished. I think I’ve paused for too long.

I’ve continued running but I know I can do more; more days of running and longer distances. I’ve been to the gym and done my fair share of muscle building exercises but I know I haven’t done enough. Challenging oneself is important in the process of living a life motivated. It also helps that I have a supporting and encouraging family that motivates me to find a new challenge.

This post is a memo to myself: get back to running and exercising. There is a challenge out there waiting for me.

As part of the vision for 2motive8, be on the lookout for more posts with the category #MotivateHealthyLiving.

What healthy living challenges are awaiting you? Share in the comments. I would love to start a conversation about it.

Serving your family is not about you!

Serving my family

The title to this post sounds so simple and easy to understand. Applying it? That is a whole different story. Over the last two years I’ve been reminded of this concept often. With my work responsibilities increasing and more travel planned every two weeks, serving my family gained a bigger impact.

I think for men particularly, we tend to go for the big movements. Do something so big that the person that is most special to you will notice for years to come. Quite honestly, that is a selfish approach to serving them; “Let me do something big so I can be off the hook for the next three months.” You know what I’m talking about, right? I was once like that to.

The last two years reminded me that the small acts have the biggest impact. I’m not afraid to share these: cleaning the dishes, mopping the floor, ironing the clothes… none of these are on my list of favorite things to do. But I do them because it serves my family. And this is not about me but about the people that I love.

How do you serve your family? What are the small acts you will do today?

As part of the vision for 2motive8, be on the lookout for more posts with the category #MotivateFamily.

Motivational Soundtrack – One Drop (Plumb)

In my life every moment has it’s soundtrack. Whether it’s a song with compelling lyrics or a simple orchestration of sounds to a unique beat, music compels us to emotion. You can imagine yourself achieving that goal, connecting with that special person, making a difference in someone’s life, finishing the training; being successful!

What soundtrack makes you feel that way?

In my current role as a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a co-worker, a friend, the current soundtrack that is motivating me with positive emotions,are better expressed in the recent song from Plumb, One Drop.

As part of the vision for 2motive8, be on the lookout for more posts with the category #MotivateSoundtrack.

Inspiring Story – Providing dignity for our Veterans

Today is another reminder of why I love this country. Where I’m from there is little recognition of veterans which is mostly because the wars fought by Portuguese are ancient tales of medieval times that helped establish the existing borders of today. These are the stories of history books and where the king took main stage as the orchestrator of victory. Not so much in America.

Here we recognize the sacrifice of men and women who left their families and the comforts of their lives to fight for freedom. There is no consideration for hierarchy in this recognition; it doesn’t matter what the role of that person was in the time of battle. Not even the outcome of the war is important. What’s important is their contribution. And their presence alone was and is an undeniable contribution to the freedom we enjoy each an every day. To this we salute you.

That is why I was so touched by this recent video. I’m inspired by organizations which bring dignity to ones forgotten. Unfortunately, many veterans have been forgotten. May this video motivate you to recognize a veteran today.

As part of the vision for 2motive8, be on the lookout for more posts with the category #MotivateInspiration.

Setting a vision for 2motive8

As a follow-up to my latest post, I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and the vision I have for 2motive8. I know what I would like for this blog to become, and setting a vision is a key step in making it happen. I hope sharing it with the world will help it become a reality.

The moral compass that guides my life is the backdrop for my vision: to encourage others in becoming better men and women while sharing the love of Christ and helping them reach their full potential.

This applies to being a better husband, a better father, a better friend, a better neighbor, a healthier person, a more responsible financial steward, being inspired and inspiring others. Not only do I want to motivate people for their own goals, I want to motivate people to motivate others in achieving their goals.

So starting today I will be posting more frequently about what I’m learning in my roles and how I want to encourage others. I hope you will follow this blog, join the conversation and share it with a friend. I don’t claim to be an authority on anything I write, but rather share what I’ve learned.

Let’s get on the road! I hope you join me!