Monthly Archives: February 2014

Light your fire…

Light that fire! Get inspired, get motivated. What do you need to turn that flame in you into a ball of fire? If the fire comes and goes, what needs to happen to keep it lit. The truth, there is no time to be dull or uninspired. Trash the idea that you are bored. Or lazy. Or lack talent. There are far too many interesting things to do and experience in life. Pick one, it doesn’t matter. Just pick one. Put your heart into it. Surprise yourself. If you choose not to light a fire… what is the reason?.. Is it fear? Don’t worry about it. You have a secret weapon against fear. You have a Will! If your Will is a little soft right now, exercising it will make it stronger.

A strong will is necessary to rise above the tough challenges that come your way. The Will is like a muscle that is exercised by repeated use in dealing with life’s ups and downs. Some of us might have flabby Will muscles. The reason is, it hasn’t had any exercise in a long time. It’s gotten out of shape. It needs some toning, some bounce and resiliency, a little toughening up. The days of being soft are over. The world is ready for the real you. You have what it takes!

Take the first Step

Take the first step. Stop overthinking. Start trying. We get caught up in thinking and trying to figure out reasons for why we haven’t made things happen, we forget to try. Trying builds momentum. Take the first step. If the first step doesn’t work out, it can be made stronger through practice. Many of us fear beginning, but every journey begins with a first step. Challenge yourself to overcome your fears, believe in yourself. Unlock the courage to be the you, who you were meant to be.

Be done with the status quo! We were taught in high school science class that a body at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by a force. Sir Isaac Newton’s law was correct. However, you be the force! Don’t be tempted to do nothing. If you feel stuck, take the step, you won’t be stuck longer, you will see things those who are sitting and philosophizing can’t even imagine. Opportunities will come your way. Being safe is over-rated. Hang tight, trust yourself, it’s time for the ride of your life. Time to grow. Perhaps grow or die. Sit in the middle no more! Be done with being safe. You’re a big boy/girl now, you can handle any stumbles that come your way. Take the step.

What happens when a situation seems hopeless?

Keep moving forward. Sometimes a situation seems hopeless, you have no idea how you will move beyond it and all seems lost. Don’t even think about giving up! Stay in the game. What one thing can you do to shift the balance towards the positive? Don’t give the… you don’t understand how bad my situation is answer… there is a story about a man who felt depressed that he had no shoes, until he ran into a man who had no legs… We tend to think our problems are the worst until we see someone else in a more challenging situation.

When you feel hopelessness around you, it’s time to wake up, to energize, it does not matter if you want to or not. Activate faith, faith is that belief in things unseen, believe that things will work out for you, that whatever is happening right now are just hoops that you are jumping through, making you stronger for what is ahead. You are intelligent! Unleash your smarts, get creative, start brainstorming and strategizing possible solutions and opportunities around what you are facing. What one action if you implemented would start to move up towards 0 if you are starting from a negative. You gotta man up/woman up, meaning you are going to need to persevere, it takes time to get unstuck, focus on times you’ve done well, you’ve been victorious, remember who you are and the past good you’ve done. Slowly start recreating the positive energy within yourself.

The most important, keep working! Amazing things happen when you keep swinging the bat, sometimes you connect and hit a home run. But you would’ve never even had a hit had you decided to back off. You’re adversities are there to make you better. Stay focused. You have what it takes.

Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself. You want others to believe in you, believe in yourself first. There is nothing to doubt. You have tremendous power within you. Dream big, think big, shoot for the stars. Don’t worry about fear… it will come from time to time. Don’t pay too much attention to it, you are about to discover a new you. It means you are doing something, pushing the boundaries, betting on you. Keep moving forward and fear will weaken. Refuse to downsize your thinking to accommodate fear.

You are not going to know exactly how to accomplish what you want. First the dream, then the how.. John F. Kennedy said, to the moon and back within the decade, no one knew how it would be accomplished, but it was.. Martin Luther King had a vision of people of different races and colours moving forward together.. we are still working on that but it is much, much further than it was. One of my favourite authors is fond of saying shoot for the moon and you will land amongst the stars. Go for it! The world gives you what you ask for, if you go to the river with one bucket, you get one bucket of water. If you go to the river with 100 buckets, you come back with 100 buckets of water. How big are you willing to dream? Think big!


Nick Ugoalah is a gold medal wrestler, entrepreneur, Chief of a village and a former foster child. He is the founder of UGO High Performance, a company committed to developing high performing leaders, organizations and teams.


He now travels worldwide inspiring others to excellence. Nick is a certified executive coach, and holds a BSc from Brock University and an MBA from Royal Roads University.

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