One of my favorite posts for inspiration so reposting!I remember many years ago when Nike came out with the Just Do It ad campaign and I was hooked and loved it! They had wonderful ads that motivated and spoke to me-they hit home because it seems we all in one way or another can relate. Here are a few of my favs! Enjoy some inspiration for the soul.....
"Too often we are scared. Scared of what we might not be able to do.
Scared of what people might think if we tried. We let our fears stand in the way of our hopes. We say no when we want to say yes. We sit quietly when we want to scream. And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut. Why?
After all,we do only go around once. There's really no time to be afraid. So stop. Try something you've never tried.
Risk it. Enter a triathlon. Write a letter to the editor. Demand a raise. Call winners at the toughest court.
Throw away your television. Bicycle across the United States. Try bobsledding. Try anything. Speak out against the designated hitter.
Travel to a country where you don't speak the language.
Patent something. You have nothing to lose and everything everything everything to gain. JUST DO IT." -
1992: Barry Sanders
"All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough or strong enough or talented enough, they'll say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. THEY WILL TELL YOU NO, a thousand times no until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no, quite firmly and very quickly. They will tell you no. And YOU WILL TELL THEM YES." - Unknown Nike
and so much easier on others? Did somebody
say something once that stuck in our brains and won't
go away? Did we mispronounce something in French,
did we trip in front of some guy, did we make some
huge mistake that we've never gotten over?
What haunts our fine bodies and our fine
hearts and makes our heads spin with an image
of ourselves we can't accept? We tell our
friends not to be so hard on themselves and we tell our
loved ones not to be so hard on themselves and we tell
we're just not being hard enough.
We are such funny women sometimes. We
blame ourselves when blame does not apply (terrible
word, that blame). We feel guilty about what we should
have done better (terrible word, that should). We are
harder on ourselves, harder than we would be on
anybody else, anybody. Complete strangers! Big dogs!
People we don't even like!
And the things we expect are so darn
weird, things our mothers once said we should be
able to do or our fathers wanted us to achieve or our
great Aunt Charlotte wanted us to try and they didn't
know that their words would stick
like glue to our hearts with a list of
expectations wrapped around it. Look: all these
expectations get old, real old, and only you know
when to yell uncle.
Uncle. Uncle. Uncle.
Because for one moment of your life you feel like
feeling ... perfect. You feel like dashing into those hills
or those open roads or right into the air itself
and that's just what you might do
You feel like that rusty old image you carry
is slipping away, right over the edge of a mirror and out
of view. You feel like moving and if you trip, you trip, if
you fall, you will get up. And the air feels like it will
carry you and push you and it's like nothing your feared
it would be. And of course everything you expected it
The last paragraph in the last ad is the one that I can relate to when I run! I feel so free and the world is behind me and I can do anything in that moment."
So as Nike says (yes I'm being cheesy here)..JUST DO IT:)