Monday Motivation from the NFL

vince-lombardi_36937

Having the ability to motivate 53 men to play together for 17 or more weeks, with a common goal of winning a Super Bowl, takes a special kind of coach. We’ve chosen some of our favorite quotes, from the best motivational speeches in football, to celebrate the fact that football is back!

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” –Vince Lombardi

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” -George Halas

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” -Tom Landry

“A winner never stops trying.” -Tom Landry

“Success is not forever and failure isn’t fatal.” -Don Shula

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” -Lou Holtz

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz

“Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something…hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.” -Roger Staubach

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” -Paul Brown

Photo Credit: Getty Images

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself

We all need a jump start sometimes; something that gives you a jolt of energy to get off the couch and do something, no matter how spectacular or mundane. Unfortunately, there aren’t always inspiring speeches, movies, or songs that are going to do the trick to get us motivated. That’s when you have to rely on your most basic skill of all to get you up and move: yourself.

Now, self-motivation is hard. If it was easy, everyone would be achieving more, be in amazing physical condition, and be striving for new goals every day. Obviously, we aren’t all superhumans who can turn ourselves into motivation machines at the blink of an eye. The reality is, if we practice a few things every day that help us motivate ourselves, we will see a great improvement in our personal inspiration to be active, achieve more, and reach our goals.

Here are the 5 best ways to motivate yourself:

Good Ol’ To-Do Lists

Do this before you go to sleep for the next day, that way you wake up with an action plan and don’t forget what you were excited about accomplishing the day before. 

Setting New Goals

Mix up your goals. If you have been trying to lose 5 lbs in a month, change your goal to being active 20 days this month. Shifting your perception of a goal may be the perfect kickstart to keep you motivated towards achieving it.

Form A Habit

If you are known for getting up in the morning and wasting a bunch of time, try to make a habit of doing something that helps you achieve your goal. Don’t forget to mark it off  your calendar to keep you accountable.

Change Up Your Diet

There may be nothing wrong with your current diet, but changing up what you eat while trying to achieve something new may be the jolt your body needs to identify a major difference in mind and body function.

Encourage Others

Positivity and encouragement is contagious. Don’t be afraid of spreading it, because doing so may just lead to you getting a case of the motivation yourself. Plus, helping others achieve their goals is rewarding for you, as well!

Top 5 Motivational Speeches

We all have seen some form of locker room speech, the company-wide oration, or motivational monolog that gets us excited for what’s ahead. Sometimes, we even give ourselves motivational speeches to get ourselves off the couch and doing what we know is best for us and others. Some of the best motivational speeches are based on politics; others are based on sports. Many are about facing obstacles head-on with a disregard for the challenges that stand in your way.

Here’s to those speeches that motivate, inspire, and activates something inside to persist in times of struggle, achieve greatness in times of doubt, and ultimately to achieve our goals.

The Top 5 Motivational Speeches:

  1. Sylvester Stallon: Rocky Balboa (2006)

    download (1)

  2. Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die (2005)

download (5)

 

  1. Charlie Day: Commencement Address (2014)

    download (3)

  2. Al Pacino: Inch By Inch (1999)

    maxresdefault

  3. Charles S. Dutton: Rudy (1993)

    download (2)

The 10 Best Sports Movies of All Time

An incredible summer Olympics have finally wrapped up in Rio. Many of the medals awarded in the last few weeks have come as a result of incredible stories of motivation, teamwork, and perseverance. These stories, while often times overwhelming, are all around us. A great tale of overcoming obstacles, or rising above difficulty always gets us up off the couch and ready to do more. That’s why this week we have chosen to mobilize around the top ten best sports movies of all time.

  1. Rocky (1976)

  2. A League of Their Own (1992)

  3. Rudy (1993)

  4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

  5. Coach Carter (2005)

  6. Remember the Titans (2000)

  7. We Are Marshall (2006)

  8. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

  9. Hoosiers (1986)

  10. The Blind Side (2009)

If you’re feeling down and want a great motivator, make sure you watch these ten great movies.

Think others should be in the top ten? Let us know by commenting below, or emailing us at customerservice@miadisolutions.com.

 

Top 10 Motivational Songs

Whether you are running a mile or working out for hours, there are songs out there that always find a way to make us keep going. An inspiring song may be just what you need to either get off the couch or the extra mile.

  1. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

  2. ‘Til I Collapse – Eminem

  3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

  4. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys

  5. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

  6. Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

  7. All of the Lights – Kanye West

  8. Roar – Katy Perry

  9. Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti

  10. All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled

 

We recognize there are hundreds of other songs you have on your playlist that could have made it up here. Comment below to let us know what songs you feel should have made the list!

 

Photo Cred: Women’s Running 

Motivation: Kerri Walsh – Jennings

One of the only Americans competing in their 5th Olympics, Kerri Walsh Jennings has been a dominant athlete in volleyball for a long time. This year, she takes a stab at her 4th Gold medal at the Olympics in a row. Though she has a new partner in this year’s tournament, she is still as determined as ever.

Kerri Walsh Jennings is a special athlete and in her long career, she’s had especially inspirational remarks. Here are some of her greatest quotes of all time, for sports and for life.

“In my heart, I’m so far from done.”

“I don’t want to be better than you or her or him – I want to be better than I am right now”

“A true competitor works the hardest, cares the most, and makes the best of what they have.”

“You touch every other ball and, if you screw up, you only have one more person to back you up. You can’t go hide in the corner.”

Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.

 You have to rely on your support system. Growing up, I always thought it was a sign of weakness to ask for help, but now I realize it’s really a sign of strength to say, ‘I need help, I can’t do it all.’
If you are not prepared, you cannot work out intensely. If you do not perform, you cannot get results, and if you can’t do your best to recover, you won’t get the benefits of your hard work.
We have to fight the entire time, we can’t start at the end when it’s getting down to crunch time. We can’t leave anything on the floor.
(Quote Cred: AZ Quotes, Photo Cred: She Knows)

Olympic-Sized Motivation

This Friday marks the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.  There are over 13,000 athletes competing from aged 16 to 52, individually and on teams. They all represent the pinnacle of human athletic achievement and have inspired millions. Today, we harness just a little bit of that inspiration through the best quotes of past and present  Olympians.

“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be
done, all it takes is an imagination.”
–Michael Phelps, Swimming

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” –Mark Spitz, Swimming

“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.” –Florence Griffith Joyner, Track and Field

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” – Mia Hamm, Soccer

“Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.” –Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” – Carl Lewis, Track and Field

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.”      -Wilma Rudolf, Track and Field

Contributing Articles: Share It Fitness,  Shape.com, Huffington Post