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This Video Uses Balloons To Represent People We Meet In Our Lives And You May Cry At The End

This Video Uses Balloons To Represent People We Meet In Our Lives And You May Cry At The End

As much as we pretend that we go through our lives alone, if one stops to think about all our life’s experiences and all the people we’ve met, it becomes clear that our lives impact, and are impacted, by each and every person.  Our memories are like a child’s balloon. They are a simple thing which bring us such joy.

In this short, yet poignant video, one man’s life is shown, from childhood to old age, as is all of the memories (balloons) he collects throughout his life.

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The video starts simply, with a boy on a bench being handed a balloon by an unknown stranger. He soon meets some friends, and the impact their lives have on him are shown by the boy carrying their balloons until he meets the love of his life, who gives him the biggest balloon of all.

We’ve all been given this balloon by the one person we can never forget, the person whose life has had the greatest impact on our own.  We carry this balloon, often using it as a reminder of the type of person we love and want to be loved by.

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When we finally meet that someone, our lives truly begin. Two lives become one, and soon our pair of balloons becomes an enormous bunch.  All of our joyful memories, all of the experiences of our lives, we carry with us as a reminder that our lives have been filled with much more joy than pain.

Unfortunately, being human, we have to face the day when our lives will end and all of the memories we’ve created over the years begin to fade, and become lost to time.

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So, how do we live forever?

By passing on our favorite balloon, and all the love that filled it, to our children and grandchildren.

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Just like when we were handed someone else’s balloon during our childhood.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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