Sometimes it can be hard to keep going. Self-doubt, struggles, exhaustion and other things can bring us down. It happens to all of us. We want to abandon our goals, throw our hands in the air, and give up.
Something that I like to do when I can’t find motivation within myself is to find it in others. To look to those who have overcome their doubts and limitations, who have kept going and achieve what they set out to do despite adverse circumstances.
There are individuals out there who accomplish things that most of us would think impossible. Who set examples for the rest of us and which make us realize, once more, that all of our excuses are just that – excuses.
Today I want to share three examples of people who have inspired me. To keep going and not give up. If you lack motivation, are facing a crisis, if you need to borrow some strength or just require a kick in the butt, I recommend you look at these people and what they do to find out how valid your reasons to quit really are.
Kyle Maynard was born without arms and legs. Everything where we take the use of our limbs for granted, especially as athletes, seemed impossible for him from the very beginning. Yet that didn’t keep him from becoming a national wrestling champion, compete in MMA, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. For real. You can see him do it in the video below. (Thanks to Tim Ferris for sharing this).
Born with a congenital condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes his bones brittle and easy to break, Stephenson was bound to a wheelchair from childhood. He had had over 200 bone fractures by the time he was 18 years old. Today he is a successful motivational speaker, therapist, and author. He also starred in his own TV show, which you can see here.
Team Hoyt consists of Rick Hoyt and his father Dick. Rick has cerebral palsy and is therefore unable to walk, run, or compete in sports. However, that wasn’t a good enough reason for the two of them not to finish 255 triathlons and 72 marathons together. Even at ages 51 and 72 they still aim to take part in 20-25 races per year.
Who are people you admire? Who do you look to for inspiration? Do you have any role models? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Image: Stefan Neuweger