Legends Report - Inspirational News
Presidents Are Human Too!
By Tom Hasker, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that the people we elect are somehow cold-hearted. Who only exist in meetings and on the television for press conferences. We see them waving and shaking hands, giving speeches and signing papers. but what we don't see, is our politicians as fathers and mothers to their daughters and sons. As people who can make them laugh and who tease them from time to time!
In this video from Time magazine, we get a light-hearted glimpse of President Obama reciting his observations of his daughters and connecting with a whole class of students who are about the same age. Legends learn to connect with many different people through sharing their life experiences. Often, that skill doesn't come naturally either, they have to work at it... Sometimes it comes through observing everyday life, as with Mr Obama's daughters sending text messages to him in the video.
However they connect, a legend always strives to understand who they are speaking with so that their message is always well understood and appreciated. Check out the video for yourself below...
Jessica Ennis-Hill Sets Sights On... Settling Down!
By Sukh Singh, Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
When society is so fixated on being better, faster, stronger and going until you can't anymore, it can be so easy to get caught up in that. Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill is someone who knows that lifestyle very well. She has just made the recent decision to slow down, look after herself and start a new phase of her life through retiring from athletics. Speaking to BBC Sport on Monday, she said,
"My body can't cope with the volume of training that it used to... It was that fear of, 'Do I push on that one more year and potentially get injured and come away disappointed?...
It's not about earning loads of money. I'm really comfortable in life and I want to have time to enjoy it. I want to spend time with Reggie and my future kids. I want to enjoy things and be passionate about what I do. I don't want to be overloaded."
While this may seem like an obvious decision to some - Mrs Ennis-Hill has achieved incredible things and is justified in her retirement - it can actually be very tempting to just go for one more. Just one more...but what legends learn over time is to listen to their bodies, listen to their limits. They can't overload themselves no matter what goal they have, because they know they will burn out eventually. That is all based on a timeless, constant principle of balanced renewal. Everything in life needs renewal - from our computers to our cars...to us! When was the last time you paused in the middle of your day to take a breather? For more on how to do this in your own life click here...
Feel Like Giving Up On Something? Watch This...
If you haven't watched the above video already, just watch it. I mean it, don't read on, just watch it and soak it in!
This is an example of one human being doing what human beings do so well. Picking herself up after struggling. Trying to do something that she can't do just yet. Trying to push herself and go beyond her current limits. It's a small act of feeding herself, but it says so much...I'm sure there's times where you've felt like this little girl, that you're nearly there but not quite, that it's so much effort to achieve your goal or overcome that hurdle. But that one more push to make the effort. We human beings are capable of so much more than we realise. When we open our eyes to our potential, we can amaze ourselves.
What's your challenge? What's waiting for you to take on?