"Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt

How many of us actively practice our own beliefs? Somewhere along the way, we tend to detour from the importance of motivation, inspiration and dedication — three concepts that apply to all aspects of our lives.

Desire to inspire and aspire. It’s never too late to pursue your childhood dream. Scottie always says, “There’s no ‘I’ in team” — and I always add to that by saying, “There’s no ‘I’ in dreams.” Everyone has a unique path they wish to take in life, but it’s important to recognize that no path has ever been walked alone. There will always be sources of inspiration in life: Some come in the form of religious beliefs, faith or prayer. My children — or #TeamPippen, as I often refer to them — are my main source of inspiration. I love seeing little Sophia model herself after mommy, or Scottie Jr. take basketball pointers from his father on the court.

There are days when it seems like throwing in the towel is the only option — but instead of giving up, I dig deep to find my own motivation. I set goals that include deadlines, progress-tracking and self-evaluations. Occasionally, I’ll boost my morale by reading quotes that help remind me that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. There’s also a great deal of satisfaction in motivating others to reach their goals and pursue their dreams. It’s important to remain strong — you never know who is looking to you as a source of inspiration.

Use your motivation to inspire others and feed off of that energy. Stay dedicated — it drives results and builds character. I challenge you to set a goal this week and dedicate yourself to achieving it. Stay focused, stay strong and stay passionate!

-xoLP

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