When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation. – Arsene Wenger

Arsenal football coach Arsene Wenger shared these simple, yet clear words about motivation.  This simple statement describes what I’m doing wrong in my search for greatness, consistency. I often have great ideas that I should pursue, or an angle to attract new opportunities, yet the follow through, or consistency in my motivation is what lacks.

As I’ve been mulling over the ebbs and flows of my motivation, I recalled wavy lines of a biorhythm chart; you put in your date of birth and today’s date, and it magically knows where your emotional, physical, and intellectual highs and lows are.  I’m not sure how this magic works, or even how scientific the 1990’s website used to generate the below biorhythm actually is, but it’s fun. I’m not sure which one of those lines my motivation is tied to, but if I had to guess, its must be the physical one, as I’m definitely not on the top of my game these last few days, and I don’t have the motivation to figure it out right now, maybe in a few weeks when it comes back to me.

Biorhythm for Jason Carter

 

Winston Churchill on Change

To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often. Winston Churchill

 

I’ve had change in the past few years, mostly of my own accord, mostly for the better, but not always comfortable. I am currently at a comfortably idle position in my career which my trusted advisors say is not always a bad thing; something I should take advantage of to do things for me, like blog more. For me, it is a change that puts me out of my comfort zone, makes me antsy and I don’t like it, but all my advisors say I need to stick with it, as too much change is no so good for the resume.

Lets see where it takes us.

“I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet” Sa`di  – The Gulistan

It is nice to remember that where ever you may be reading this entry, you are more fortunate and well off than the majority of the world.  While we all have our trials and tribulations, we must keep those in perspective to the world as a whole.  Take pride in your past accomplishments that have propelled you to where you are today.  A few minutes of self-reflection can be quite rewarding.

No battle plan ever survived an encounter with the enemy – Helmuth von Moltke

It is safe to say that parents with small children, especially their first will appreciate this quote. There is nothing more to do than planning when your wife is expecting, how will we do this, how will we do that, we WILL do this, or we WON’T do that. It’s all great, until its time to execute, and then words of wisdom like the ones above really kick in. Good luck out there!