Getting you Pumped Up

He believes in you! He is your biggest fan! He cheers you in public when the crowd roars with excitement! He pulls you up when loneliness sets in! No matter what may come your way; no matter how big the challenge; no matter how high the mountain may seem; He is there for you!

Who?

The father in the lounging chair?

The neighbor sitting on the front the porch?

The teacher standing in the hallway?

The student hanging out in the playground?

The co-worker filling out paper forms?

YOU!!! Get up and move! This is your chance to make a difference. To make an impact. To pump someone up and see the effects as it spreads out! 

I was a reminded of this power as I saw a motivational calendar my team and I created for our sales channel. I made the cover page based on some of the expressions that inspire me. And as I look at it again, I feel inspired to be better myself. To get up and move. To lead at home. To lead at work. And to lead in my community. As a husband; as a father; as a son; as a brother; as a co-worker; as a mentor; as a friend.

Pumping you up

Let these words pump you up!

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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.

What I was born for

Last week I celebrated another birthday. Another year with a new set of reasons to rejoice in the blessing that is my life. It’s amazing to think I’m turning 31, happily married, with three healthy children, living in a different country, learning about business and about people, building awesome relationships, connecting with the community around me, and finding my place in this world.

I have wished to write more often but the busyness of life has taken much of my attention. When I think of all that I want to accomplish with this blog, the way I want a movement to start, I’m okay to stop writing and to do the things I need to do, to live life fully motivated. And it all starts with recognizing my primary role as a husband and a father. Spending time with my wife in appreciation of all that she does. Being intentional with my children and creating memories that build positive character traits. In these moments, whether a post is written or not, I’m living out what I was born for. I’m grateful for this blessing.

But I want to also recognize the opportunity I have to share from within and make a difference with this post. Next year I want to look back and say that a more vibrant community has been created; with people in their families, their schools, their churches, their neighborhoods, have motivated each other to accomplish more. To be better husbands, better wives, better fathers and better friends. To implement healthy lifestyles. To achieve financial freedom. To give more and be fulfilled in all the potential that is in us.

Get ready!

Celebrating MLK

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Today is a special day in history! 50 years ago thousands of people joined together to hear about one man’s dream. Dr. King was a visionary. Bound not by the circumstances of society, but by a reality that could be. A dream that he was courageous enough to share with the world. A dream that changed his life and lives of so many african-americans.

Being a white man from Portugal, you might think this story didn’t have the same impact around in my home country or individual families stretched across other continents. However, I grew up in a house where my father had pride in knowing the history that had changed the course of his life and the life of his family. My father grew up during the Portuguese dictatorship of the 50’s and 60’s, so to him Dr. King’s dream was real as well.

What is so inspiring to me as that we all have visions. We all have dreams that we hope to achieve. Some of us have dreams that can change our journey and impact others in a constant search for a better life.

My dream is that I can start a revolution of motivation to others. Whether impacting personal health, finances, family life, work and other relationships, my dream is that through the love and encouragement of other, we can see people achieve full potential in life. I pray that it will glorify God in the process. That is my dream. What is your dream? Need some inspiration? Well…

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Inspiring Story 2 – Caine’s Arcade

I first heard of Caine’s story a year ago when it went viral. This is an inspiring tail of a young boy who built his own arcade games from cardboard boxes. You read it right, he BUILT his own arcade from cardboard boxes. This year, Cain and his first customer were featured guests at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast event where they shared about their movement to inspire creativity in other children.

His unique story was appealing by the fact that his passion for arcades drove him to make his own games to share with strangers walking in to his dad’s auto parts store. His desire was simple but there were no customers to play. Still he kept building more games. Until one day a customer by the name of Nirvan, spent the time to ask about the arcade. He bought a Fun Pass – for $2.00 he got to play 500 times!

Inspired by Caine’s creativity, Nirvan invited the community to come out and play Caine’s Arcade. It was all documented in a short film that will blow you away!

What’s cool is that Nirvan and Caine have kept their connection and created a the Imagination Foundation to inspire other children around the world to build their own cardboard creations. As father to three little children, I’m inspired to see where my kid’s imagination takes them allowing me to dream with them.

You can find out more information on how to participate by visiting the Imagination Foundation website at http://www.imagination.is.

I love the fact that one boy’s imagination took a grown man to find purpose and motivation to share a story and inspire other people around the world.

What is you motivation? What story would you like to share with the world?

Starting with the Why

Why

I’ve been so busy the last few months that the question came up…

Why do I do all that I do?

I have this ambition of doing more and being more, for myself and for others. But why? The why is the motive. Understanding the motive behind one’s action should always be the starting point.

I’ve spent some time looking at the why and realized what I have thought: most successful people, movements and businesses focus on the why. The why is the background catalyst for a mission statement, the setting of goals and all that one hopes to achieve. Inspirational leaders get this and I want to get it too. Author Simon Simek presented it best in his 2009 book “Start With Why.” He shares this truth by pointing it out in the following examples…

The Wright Brothers wanted to see a man fly. They thought it was possible and it didn’t matter how they did it. At the end of the day, they were not out to invent the plane but to make the though of aerial transportation a reality.

Martin Luther King had a dream that all men would be treated equally. He built a social movement before social media was ever a thought. In a time before cell phones, Facebook or twitter, he gathered people for an icon march in Washington simply because there was a compelling why to his dream.

Apple envisioned through the leadership of Steve Jobs easy-to-use computers and other electronic devices that would make life easier. At the end of the day, they didn’t create the MP3 player but the an iconic product like the IPod; they didn’t create the tablet but the IPad. As a business, Apple has been more successful because their mission has resonated with the need for easy-to-use products.

I have recently applied this approach when preparing for a sales training; focusing on the why of our business, the why of our strategies and the why for each of the employees I was coaching. It has been interesting to see them understand and feel the soul of our business in a way that makes them productive. Furthermore, in getting to know each employee, I’ve been able to connect the why of our business to the why of their hard work, their dreams and ambitions.

So…

Why do I do all that I do every day? To learn new skills and develop my understand of the business world. To provide for my family. To be a better husband and a better father. To be a good friend. To motivate and inspire other to reach their full potential.

Why do YOU do what you do?

Inspiring story 1 – Undefeated

A week ago I followed the 84th edition of the Oscars just like many people do every year. However, my true interest wasn’t on the most glamorous awards such as Best Movie, Best Actor or Best Actress. No, my attention was on a real life documentary by the name of Undefeated. It won the award for Best Documentary. A truly inspiring story that unveils the real power of real motivation. The power of connection between human beings setting a goal that challenges their environment and their past experiences.

This is a story about the Manassas High School football team. A school that for 110 years of existence never won a football play-off game. But this is a story far more entangled in the sub-plots of inner-city life and the difficulties associated with it. Three players are highlighted by their life struggles, while a volunteer coach shows them how to have confidence in themselves. On and off the field. It is indeed a remarkable story about the human heart.

So how can this story inspire you? Have you felt powerless in face of a challenge? Do you have some nay-sayers in your life? Do you lack the belief that you can actually achieve that which you have always aimed for? Maybe this is you or maybe not. But I’m pretty sure this story resonates with most of us. The reality is that we all have challenges. We all have experienced failure in some way. And that is okay. Our life is made of ups and downs and we are just called to play the game.

One of my favorite quotes in the clip above is when coach Courtney says:

You think football builds character. It does not. Football reveals character.

I hope you find motivation in this story. Reveal your character in your life and be a winner in any and all circumstance!