by Taylor Whitney

Posts tagged “will power


Another year, a new beginning. I don’t know if it’s because I want to prove the Mayans (or their translators) wrong, or just an extended burst of motivation; but I have a good feeling about the new year. Plans, lists, goals… I’m excited to begin 2012.

There are two movies that match my enthusiastic mood that I recommend watching. They are Limitless and Yes Man.

Limitless is by far my favorite movie of 2011. I’ve seen it twice and acquired the soundtrack to it. The basis behind the movie is a new drug that was invented that enables you to use your mind to it’s full potential. Anything you have ever seen, heard, or read – even if you had “forgotten” it – becomes at your disposal. Learning a new skill or language is as easy as going to sleep. You become an unstoppable force of logic, finesse, and comprehension. Of course since this is a Hollywood production there have to be side effects, plot twists, and bad guys. But the reason I like this movie so much is just the concept. Not the fact that you can take a substance to achieve greatness, because that’s a load of horse doo-doo. But I like to think of it as a state of mind rather than a drug. Motivation, willpower, and determination are incredible weapons for success. Now you probably won’t be able to triple your money in a day, or learn a language just by listening to it a few times, but the age-old phrase of “You can do anything you put your mind to” holds an incredible amount of truth. Watching this movie always gives me a great boost of motivation and makes me antsy to get out into the world and start living and doing.

Yes Man is more on the comedic side which in itself makes it a good movie (Jim Carrey is always funny.) But the plot of the story is a man who basically hates his life and feels like he has no purpose. He finally decides to try a personal-development system which involves saying “Yes” to everything, no matter what. This opens his eyes to all the experiences he’s been missing out on by being too afraid or lazy to try new things. Of course by the end he realizes that there are some things he should say “no” to, but it teaches him how life can be so much more enjoyable and beneficial if he reaches out, tries new things, meets new people, etc. This is a great concept and a lot of people can learn from it. Too many people just go through the motions each day, each week, each year. Do something new; this is your LIFE. Don’t you want it to mean something? There are so many things to do and see in this world – way too many for one lifetime. So why waste time doing the same things you hate over and over?

My word for the new year is “Fresh.” Fresh as in the exhilarating sense you get when you step outside to a glorious sunset and take a deep breath that smells like dew and new life. Fresh as in a blank sketchbook with limitless possibilities. Fresh as in breaking out of old stale habits and seeking new experiences. Here’s a typographical representation I created.

Here is another version ( in its earlier stages ) that I also liked. Which one do you prefer?

If you have any plans, resolutions, or thoughts on the upcoming year, I’d love to hear them! Happy New Year!


Everything is Possible

The human body is AMAZING! “Impossible” records are being broken all the time. Hicham El Guerrouj ran a mile in 3 minutes and 43 seconds. David Blane held his breath for over 17 minutes. No matter how ridiculous Olympic world records get, each year dozens of them are beaten by new athletes. Our bodies were so skillfully designed that we can accomplish nearly any task as long as we treat our bodies right. Everything is possible with training. Check out this video I came across.

You see these things and think to yourself, “Well I could never do that. That person is just good at it.” I think natural talent has a lot less to do with it than people believe. Not one of these people could do these things without training for hours, days, or even years. If you want to be able to do something, try it, and then try it again! Then keep working at it till you get it. You also have to go into it with the right mindset. Will power is half the battle. I don’t know about you, but I love adding to my personal repertoire of skills and abilities.

You could end up like this guy, and be good at all kinds of things. Or you could concentrate on one area and be like this unbelievable stuntman.

So what do you want to be able to do? Ride a unicycle? do a backflip? Swim the English Channel? You can do it. And I dare you to try.


I recently came across this inspiring quote by Albert Einstein.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

This is so true! What do you think of when you hear the word “genius”? You probably don’t think of yourself do you? I bet the first thing to come into you mind is something like this picture———————————-right here——->

Here is the dictionary definition of the word:

noun /ˈjēnyəs/
geniuses, plural

  • Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability
    • – she was a teacher of genius
    • – Gardner had a real genius for tapping wealth
  • A person who is exceptionally intelligent or creative, either generally or in some particular respect

As it says right there, intellectual OR creative power OR other natural ability. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a genius. Everyone has mastery of some subject or matter. Everyone has some natural talent or ability. Some are yet to be discovered but it is within everyone’s grasp. You just need to find it!

Will power and determination are two of the most powerful tools you own. All you have to do is use them!