Motivational messages are meant to give the receiver a fillip – even if their effect is short term. Their appeal may be to physical, mental, emotional religious or spiritual well being of those they address. But they all have a central theme – try to do your best, do not give up.
And what becomes obvious as you absorb the spirit of these motivational messages is that achievements in the physical realm has as much to do with mental strength and resilience as physical and its concomitant that achievement in the mental department has much to do with physical staying power and stamina. Vishwanathan Anand, the former World Chess Champion admitted that physical condition helped him win the Candidates Round to determine the challenger in the next world championship against Carlsen.
Some messages are audience specific but others address humankind as a whole.
All these successful men and women have one common message – an essential component in achieving supreme physical feats is mental strength – the untiring effort, the never-give-up spirit, self belief, clear sight of goal.
Messages that appeal to the spirit help people keep their faith, face all the hurdles in their path and teach them to be compassionate towards others
Those attempting to change the world need to endure in the face of doubt, indifference and ridicule of everyone and continue to hold onto their beliefs.
These two quotes from the former chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates, seem to be more his personal articles of faith arrived at the end of a highly successful career than a motivational message.