Thursday, February 17, 2011

Motivational Moments...

No, not this kind:

Words are extremely powerful things. They convey emotion, thought, and to continue the theory on down through, it is basic humanity.

Think of the things that have inspired, and that have brought both greatness and terror. The power that the word has given rise to some of our greatest, and worst, moments as a collective. As such, they make for extremely powerful items when it comes to you.

These are just a few of the mantras that have helped carry me through to this point so far. I can only hope that they are as good for you, as they are for me. Comment below to vote for your favorite, or to post your own.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
--Steve Prefontaine

"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible."
--M.C. Escher

"Dark, unreasonable fear can twist and grind an individual. It is necessary to dig deep within oneself to discover that hidden grain of steel...called will."
--Ryan Shay

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
--Jim Valvano

"What's so bad about being a dreamer?"
--Chris McCormack

"What we have is based upon moment-to-moment choices of what we do.In each of those moments, we choose. We either take a risk and move toward what we want, or we play it safe and choose comfort. Most of the people, most of the time, choose comfort. In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'hell yeah', what a ride."

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody!"
--Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa

"Live every moment."
--Peter Booty

1 comment:

Ton said...

Love this post, Ryan! Sometimes the simplest motivational words go a LONG way to push you through the toughest endeavors -- in life or racing. Rock on, man.