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Clint Cora Inspirational Sayings Newletter
April - 2009 

Inspirational Sayings

Like last month's motivation quotation, this month's is also a mountain-related one because I wanted to share with you, a very recent personal success story.  One of the best inspirational sayings I've come across lately is the quote below by Marcus Washling;

"Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there"

What this motivation quotation implies is that those who reached the top of the mountain or any goal that was achieved, didn't get there by accident.  They had to struggle and climb up that mountain to achieve their goals.

I've been certified as a Level 1 ski instructor since 2001.  I always wanted to move up to become a Level 2 instructor but it is a huge jump.  In order to get to Level 2, I would have to get better on my short turns as well as skiing on steep slopes.  In the past, I usually didn't feel comfortable doing either.

I did some training throughout the years to get better and last winter, I decided to take a very grueling five-day course plus exam to get my Level 2.   It looks like my training wasn't enough because I ended up failing this course.  So this winter, I made a commitment to train harder with special focus on doing the things on the ski slopes that I don't feel comfortable with, i.e., short turns and steep slopes. 

Gradually, I became more proficient and comfortable on the steep slopes during each ski day.  I felt confident enough to retake the Level 2 exam.  I took the retest during the last week of February and at the halfway point, I still really didn't know where I stood in the minds of the course conductors.  But I did feel that I was skiing much better than last winter. 

At the end of the course, the course conductors announced that this time around, I was successful in passing my Level 2.  This is a personal milestone for me because it took me eight long years to move from Level 1 to Level 2.  I had to really struggle to climb this mountain but I finally got to the top.

So if you have a similar goal for yourself that seems like a huge mountain, do realize that you have to keep on climbing.  Only those who keep climbing will ever get to the top of their mountains.

It would have been nice to add this success story about my skiing to my book 'The Life Champion In You'.  Maybe I'll use it for a future edition or even another book.  But that's okay since the current version of my book is already loaded with lots of inspiring stories with more motivation quotations.  If you haven't read the foreword from the book yet, you can do so online.

Until next month with more inspirational sayings,


Motivational Speaker, Author & Karate World Champion

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