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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Motivate Yourself With One Great Word Or One Great Sentence

Words have the power to motivate humans to take action. Sometimes just one word or one sentence can be enough to inspire massive action. Such words are worth thinking about every single day and can make a huge difference to our lives. This article takes a look at one such word.

In the Australian soap opera, 'Neighbors', a young man in a wheelchair talks to a teenage girl who is unable to walk after being hit by a car. She is feeling very sorry for herself and is not even attempting to help herself recover. He tells her:

"I know I will never get out of this wheel chair but you can get back to normal."


"'Maybe' should be enough!"

'Maybe' is a magic word that is worth thinking about in connection with all our goals. 'Maybe' suggests the possibility of success. Just the possibility should be enough to motivate us to try with all our energy, enthusiasm and determination.

Maybe we will be able to walk again if we do the exercises designed to help us to rebuild our walking muscles. Maybe we will lose weight if we eat less sugar. Maybe we will become stronger if we do ten or more push ups every day.

Maybe we won't be able to walk; maybe we won't lose weight; maybe we will remain physically weak. However, if we really try hard there is a good chance that we will achieve our goals. The possibility of success should be enough.

Even if we fail in everything we try, we will, at the very least, become mentally strong. By carrying out our plans we will already have achieved the most important kind of success whatever the results.

The word 'maybe' can inspire us to think of all the great possibilities that face all humans while they are still alive. Maybe we could help those around us to live much happier lives if, like King Arthur's knights, we do at least one good deed a day.

Maybe we could bring peace to the world by using persuasive words rather than violence. Einstein once said:

"Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth."

Maybe we could make a million if we follow the advice of those who have already made a million. Many millionaires are simply ordinary people who believed that they might be able to reach a million. They followed their 'maybe' and achieved their goal.

Milton Berle, the great American comedian, knew the value of the word 'maybe':

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are."

We could all be 'maybes' reaching for a star. Maybe we will reach our goals and achieve our dreams and maybe we won't but the possibility of reaching our goals should be enough to make us try.

In the words of the Australian man in 'Neighbors': "Maybe should be enough!"

Motivation should not have to come from the certainty of success. The possibility of success should be enough. 'Maybe' should be enough!

If you are not working at something because you think you will fail, give it a go anyway. Maybe you will succeed and 'maybe' should be enough. Maybe you will write a book that will entertain or educate many people. Maybe you will benefit greatly from attending that seminar or reading that book.

'Maybe', then, can be a magic lamp that will bring us the results we long for. The sentence: "Maybe should be enough" can be the magic carpet that will fly us to the land of our dreams.

The girl in the soap opera took the advice given her by the young man and gradually recovered the ability to walk.

Today is the fifth day of the first cricket test match in 2008 between England and South Africa. England dominated the first three days but South Africa fought back magnificently on the fourth day. Maybe the South Africans will survive one day in the field and force a draw. Maybe England will get an early wicket and force a win. Ian Botham, the great England all rounder, used the 'maybe' word in describing the situation this morning.

Maybe South Africa will perform a great escape and draw the match. Maybe England will win. However, you can be sure that the chance of a draw or a win will be enough to make both teams play their hearts out during the day. If interested, you will be able to read about the result on the net tonight. Just Google "England v South Africa Test Match."

If you are not already the kind of successful person you want to be, decide today to be a 'maybe who is reaching for a star!' There is a good chance you will reach the star. Even if you don't, you may reach the moon on the way. You will certainly reach a higher level of self-esteem and competence.

Maybe you will find that reading the '36 Laws' by John Watson will help you to achieve your dreams. The book is full of quotations, stories and acronyms that could inspire you to make the most of your own huge potential. Check it out at

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