Rafael Nadal: Passion Drove US Open Win | How Eddie Izzard Motivates Himself | Global Attention On Suicide Prevention

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Rafael Nadal Says His Passion For Tennis Drove His US Open Win

By Jatinder Singh, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title when he won the US Open on Sunday 10th September. It caps a remarkable year for the Spaniard who has won two Grand Slams this year, the first time he has done that since 2013! It's remarkable too, after suffering injuries for a number of years, which at one point looked like they would end his career. He spoke to the BBC about his passion for tennis providing the motivation to continue in the game:

"I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things... I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While that keeps happening, I will be here. When some day arrives that I don't feel the nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, 'OK, I do another thing.' I am 31, I'm not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game."

Rafael Nadal's wise words here highlight the importance of feeling passion in our lives for something, particularly if we want to do it well and over a long period. Ultimately if you look at most successful people you will see a pattern. Namely, they feel passion for what they do and they are prepared to make the sacrifices to continually improve their art, as we can clearly see with Mr Nadal.

Having won virtually everything in the game and regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played, it would have been easy for him to concentrate on other areas of his life.

Where in our own lives can we learn from Rafael Nadal's example? Being passionate doesn't mean there won't be challenges to overcome with what we're choosing to pursue in life. Instead, it means we have a source of emotional strength to tap into and help us overcome challenges, keeping us going when things get tough. To read more on this story click here...

Click here to read about how Roger Federer's dedication and passion inspires him to do a phenomenal level of training...

Eddie Izzard Opens Up About His Motivation

By Asif Valiji, Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International

Famously known for his stand-up comedy acts and recently for acting alongside Dame Judi Dench in the comedy-drama film ‘Victoria & Abdul’, Eddie Izzard has created a long string of successes in his professional life. In addition to this, he also completed his challenge of running a staggering 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa and has raised an amazing £2.6 million for the charity Sport Relief.

Mr Izzard’s energy and desire to push himself further and beyond his limits is fascinating. In a recent documentary film called ‘Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story’; he has spoken about his personal motivation. Mr Izzard lost his mother to cancer when he was just 6 years old and even at the age of 55, he still finds it difficult to talk about the death of his mother. He told the Guardian newspaper, during an interview referencing his documentary, that:

“Toward the end of the film, I started talking about my mother… And I said something revelatory: ‘I know why I’m doing all this,’ I said. ‘Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things… that maybe she’ll come back.’ I do believe I started performing and doing all sorts of big, crazy, ambitious things, because on some level, on some childlike magical-thinking level, I thought doing those things might bring her back.”

Mr Izzard’s openness and vulnerability shows us the important influence other people can have in helping to shape and form our character and motivation in life. We can often look at the things we do and are striving to achieve and forget to appreciate the people who helped shape and motivate us towards those goals in the first place.

Just pausing for a moment to stop and appreciate how a parent, a teacher or mentor, can fill our hearts with gratitude for those role models and help enliven our goals even further. It may even help us come to terms with the loss of someone special too. To read more on this story click here...

Click here to read more about Eddie Izzard and his journey when coming out as a transgender...

World Suicide Awareness Day Helps Increase Attention For a Shocking Reality

By Kris Diechler, Mentorship Coach & Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day 2017. Every 40 seconds one person commits suicide somewhere in the world, which is nearly 800,000 people globally per year. Another 65,000 people attempt to commit suicide, without counting the many hundreds of thousands of people who consider taking their own lives and have suicidal thoughts in that time. Those in the public eye to have taken their own lives this year include the lead singer of band Linkin Park, Chester Bennington and frontman of the 90's rock band, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell. Ms Jane Pirkis, acting president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, encourages everyone to take a minute to change someone’s life. She says:

"Someone in distress will always be helped by being listened to with compassion and empathy... By encouraging them to tell their story at their own pace we can also help to change the way they might be thinking or feeling their behaviour and even their life."

"One group from who we can learn a lot are the people who have experienced suicidal behaviour ... Many of these inspiring individuals will say that if one person had taken a minute to ask them how they were this could have prevented them from engaging in suicidal behavior."

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men, making it the leading cause of death for men under 50. One reason men are more likely to take their own life is that they are less likely than women to ask for help or talk about depressive or suicidal feelings.

Ms Pirkis' words show the incredible power any of us has to potentially save a life, just by being considerate and aware of those around us whether we know them or not. Though many of us can get caught up in our own problems and situations in life, it costs nothing to pay more attention to how people are around us and to take an interest in their well-being.

We can even prevent this by making sure we're always building people up and helping them feel noticed, valued and worthwhile. Take a look around you today and see where you could make a difference to someone else. To read more about this story click here...

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About the Author:

I am passionate about fulfilling my potential in life and helping others to do the same, so that we can all make a difference to society. I've learnt that fulfilment comes from pursuing a goal that is greater than my own ambitions and having a real purpose. I originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant but it was helping people through entrepreneurship and career development, rather than doing the numbers when I really came started to enjoy myself. I have found that we aren't taught as youngsters how to deal with challenging life situations and so there are many people that on the "outside" are fine, but "inside" really struggle.

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