The Summer of Sport Continues

The Australian Open Tennis is done and dusted. The International Cricket season is almost finished. There is just a week and a half left in the Big Bash. It feels like the Australian Summer of Sport is coming to an end and sport disappears from our radar for a little while.

Not quite! The beauty of Australian sport is that we also play Winter sports in Summer. The Hyundai A-League soccer has been in full swing since October and has another 3 months left before the finals. The Super Rugby 2014 season is just a couple of weeks away and I love the fact that international clubs play against each other in this competition. Oh, and there is the small matter of the pre-seasons for the AFL and NRL.

For those favouring indoor sports, the National Basketball League (NBL) has another two months left to go and Netball’s ANZ Championship is just a month away from it’s new season.

The Summer of Sport has a long way to go yet! :)

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I get inspired through reading, speaking to people around me, the deeds of some people that I greatly respect, by taking on challenging problems that need to be solved, and sometimes by admiring nature in all it’s glory.

Proving people wrong can sometimes be a source of inspiration for me, but I can’t say that always go the way I intend it to :-)

In 9 Sources Of Inspiration For Highly Successful People, the author calls out some of the more interesting takes from various leaders in business, who took part in a LinkedIn series titled “What Inspires Me“.

What are your sources of inspiration? What gets you excited and motivated?

Gratitude

ThanksIt is very easy to complain and list all the things that are wrong with our lives or in the world around us. Unfortunately the more we dwell on this, the easier it is to get deeper into this kind of thinking. None of us are immune to these moments, but practising gratitude is one way of bringing us out of this rut and appreciating all the good things in our lives.

We are blessed with many wonderful things, such as family and friends, good health, happiness, wealth, opportunities, and so on. What we is need is to find a way of acknowledging these wonderful things in our lives and be grateful for what we have.

Some ways in which I practise gratitude are:

  • As part of my morning prayers, being grateful for a new day and for the opportunities that lie ahead.
  • At the end of the day, writing down 3 things that I am grateful for today. This could be something nice that happened to me, for having an opportunity to do something nice for another person, and for the people who made my day (and life) special. The list is virtually endless, but it really depends on how you reflect back on your day.
  • Prepare a list of things that I am grateful for. This is like a cheat sheet if you may, for those moments when I feel down or disheartened.

Here are a couple of things that I’d like to share with you, to inspire you on this journey of gratitude.

First is an article Be Grateful More Often  from the Harvard Business Review shows some surprising findings on how gratitude can play a major part in our lives, but also how we can make an impact in the lives of others around us.

And second is an inspirational video on gratitude

Melbourne, before the heatwave

Given the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately, I thought I’ll post some more photos before the predicted heatwave kicks in and everything dries up.