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Afraid of Risks? Read These 15 Quotes About Daring

Afraid of Risks? Read These 15 Quotes About Daring

Goals are individual, not universal. Even if another person is “stronger” or “faster", your effort is just as valid. Work toward your own goals and defy your own limits. These 15 quotes about daring will challenge you to be a risk taker rather than a risk hater.

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours


I have always known that it is so important not only to live my dreams, but to encourage others to fulfill theirs. When I was teaching high school eurythmy, choir and gardening in Hawaii, I always worked in this way with my students, to encourage them to take their dreams and goals seriously. There is an importance to the wisdom of parents, but from a teacher's perspective, I've often seen that many parents seem to be trying to fulfill themselves through their children. If this is the case, I think it is wrong, and puts an unhealthy and untruthful pressure on young people. Of course they want to make their parents happy- but what about themselves? The children have to live with themselves for the rest of their life. I had some students who were so depressed and worried because they felt like they had to go to college to please someone, when what they really wanted to do was work with a master surfboard maker or travel the world. I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours, too. // bodysoulspiritfitness for The PumpUp Blog

To think your dreams are impossible is often a conception brought through society and education. Older people inform the younger that when you get older, you learn that your ideals aren’t realistic. This is exactly the sort of attitude that got those pessimistic people so unenthusiastic about life. It is not easy to stand up for or live your ideals, sure- but anyone willing to take on challenges in their life WILL succeed. I’m pretty sure life isn’t meant to be easy. We learn the most and gain the most valuable aspects of ourselves when it is not.

The experience one has when you have reached a goal, unfolded a dream, or upheld an ideal close to your heart, is one of the highest feelings of the soul. To have created an intention once, and through life’s work and adventures finally found your way to its fruition, is a glorious and happy moment. It can be simple: one of my dreams since I was a teenager was to design and sew my own wedding dress if I ever got married. My wedding is in a month and I just finished the dress of my dreams. I wasn’t sure if I could even do it, for one wants everything to be perfect for that special moment; but it happened and passed my quality test with flying colors. I cannot wait to stand in it before my future husband, friends, and family, and be humbly proud that I can wear a beautiful garment I created out of 15 yards of silk and 5 yards of cotton lace.

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours, too. // bodysoulspiritfitness for The PumpUp Blog

Each of us has so many goals and dreams, of all different sizes, and you just have to figure out when to tackle each one. As you fulfill them, it will give you strength and encouragement, as well as the knowledge that all things are possible when you don’t give up. It’s rarely easy, but it is always worth it. Happiness is the best sustenance for health.

This post was penned by PumpUp member @bodysoulspiritfitness, a teacher and movement artist with a passion for healthy living and adventure. It was originally published on her own blog. Follow her blog here.

How I began to motivate others after losing 3 stone (42 lbs)

How I began to motivate others after losing 3 stone (42 lbs)


Spring is a beautiful time of the year to motivate you to get up and commit to a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with my weight for many years and never genuinely thought that I’d ever have an interest in working out. There was a point where I had lost all my motivation. As a result of comfort eating and my dissatisfaction with life in general, I gained 3 stone.

Ever since I committed to get back on track in January 2014, I haven’t looked back and lost all the weight that I gained. My Spring Into Action goal is to have more defined muscles in my arms and abs. A goal really helps to motivate me, and I have the support of my PumpUp Family and the followers on my fitness page on Facebook. I have achieved all of my dreams and more: after I became a qualified gym and fitness instructor by the end of 2014, I now have an occupation that helps me through both good and bad days.

I created my Facebook page for this exact reason: to help others to achieve any and every fitness goals, be it weight loss, an increase in muscle mass, or motivation to be active. I received on email that I’d love to share with you. It brought tears to my eyes and really evoked the theme of Springing Into Action:

Hi Debbie!

I know you get these mails all the time but I also know you like getting them. I’ve actually wanted to mail you for a long time. I just wanted to say how fantastic is has been to read your posts on a regular basis. I’ve been struggling with stress and anxiety for a long time.

Anxiety has especially been such a big part of my life. I stopped even noticing it for what it was: it became just a fact of everyday life and I just sort of carried it with me. For the last two years, it has been getting a lot worse and I’ve been struggling with irrational bouts of depression. I’ve never really made the mental-physical connection before, crazy as it sounds! I’ve been trying to get fit and eat well just because I figured I could use the exercise, shed a few pounds and tone up a bit.

But since I started reading your posts and really trying my best I’ve found the anxiety and depression is so much easier to deal with, and I get so much joy out of my body now, the fact that I have a fully-functional body that I can do so much with is something I’ve never been grateful for, and now it’s something I appreciate on a daily basis. I want you to know that this is very much because of you. My negative days just keep getting less, I’m getting better at keeping calm. Thank you so much!

This mail cheered me up so much and helped motivate me more to keep at what I am doing! I helped change her life and she in return changed mine.

If anyone had told me over a year ago that I would be helping motivate people and helping them with their problems, I wouldn’t have believed you. I want you all to know that no matter how bad you feel now, you can change your life and in turn, help change other people’s lives.

Everyone should get up and get out in the fresh air, go for a run with your friends, go to the gym, whatever it is that you have to do, just do it, use the ‘spring into action’ theme to get you motivated.

Best of luck,

Debbie x

This is a post written by PumpUp member @debbiemc1232. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.