When on this journey I look to the phrase “Never give up” for inspiration and motivation

I hope that you are all waking up with some fresh brew in the mug and are ready to take on and carry out the plan of the day today!!  I have my dark roast in the hopper and is ready to go to get me moving and grooving.

Folks I wanted to share something with you that I watched last night that I have not seen in a very long time and it really calibrated the way that I am thinking about things.  If you have never seen the Jim Valvano speech where he got on the stage on ESPN and he talked about living life and appreciating everything that he had.  Now normally, this is a great motivational speech but this was a man who was diagnosed with cancer and had weeks to live if not days to live.

This speech was given and to try to recreate it would not give it justice so this is an excerpt:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all.”

In the speech one of the most memorable moments is when you could see him struggling to say the words in his pain that he was suffering, “Dont give up …. Dont EVER give up”

Think about this, this was a man who was down to his final days and he was stoic and proud and stood in front of millions and stood strong and let everyone know that they have potential and to appreciate the little things and embrace the journey no matter what the prognosis.

Here we are sometimes complaining about a back that hurts or a mental monkey that we battle because we want to dive into food because of an argument we had or a flat tire we got in the car.  This man was down to his last breaths and he was still fighting the good fight.

Think about that today, when you feel like the world is caving in or your stress is getting to you, other folks have it much worse and they are persevering and fighting the good fight and you are so worth it to fight that fight for yourself as well.

My pops always used to tell me “It could be worse” and although was annoying to a child, it is a very profound and powerful statement because if we just change our point of view in our tough times, it will help us be able to attack it from a different angle and win.

I am attaching the 11 minute video to this blog so you can see it to help inspire you and give you perspective.

Have a great day folks.

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