Motivational Monday

I don’t know about you dear kind reader but I sometimes find it slow going on a Monday morning. It can be hard to get motivated to do anything constructive, especially if I’ve had an active weekend doing non work related activities.

Possibly spurred on my previous post (great video, watch it!) I have decided that every Monday morning I will post something that I find to be useful in motivating or inspiring me to be the best that I can. This is mainly for my own selfish reasons to get myself going, but hopefully you will find something useful.

First up, this post by Elaine Rogers written a month ago but worth highlighting again.

This video is great for anybody feeling the strain and wondering why they even got out of bed this morning.

I could go on but then you could spend your whole Monday morning watching videos and reading motivational articles which would defeat the whole purpose. If you have a favourite quote or anything else you’d like to add please leave a comment.

I have to throw this in though;¬† ‘I don’t like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats starring House MD, might bring a smile to your face ūüôā

Achievement in Action by Brian Tracy

I came across this video and just had to share it. It’s a powerful video from Brian Tracy (you can follow him on Twitter). If you do nothing else today watch this video.

He finishes the talk with this famous poem

Don’t Quit


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

EU Health Prize for Journalists

Any journalists wishing to win a prize for writing on a health related topic read on. This is an email I received earlier today. Best of luck!

For all journalists writing on health (even occasionally)

Dear journalists,

Working at the European Commission, I would like to  inform you a new EU Health Prize for Journalists with deadline : 15th of June 2009

The articles published in newspapers or online, each journalist can submit until 3 articles  (there will a competition in each of the 27 countries of European Union and an european competition with all national winners.

The articles should be focused on one (or several) of the 10 topics of the campaign “Europe for Patients”:

patients’ rights in cross-border health care, patient safety, rare diseases, organ donation and transplantation, cancer, health workforce, flu and childhood vaccination, mental health and prudent use of antibiotics.

To send your article online or for some information in english or in all other european languages :

Here a link to the first Press release (Launch of the prize from the EU Commissar in February  2009 :

Best regards,

Hélène Le Borgne

SANCO C – European Commission
L-2920 Luxembourg
Tel: + 352 43 01 32827