“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Lateef practices what he preaches! Too often we’ll come across so-called motivational speakers who don’t actually practice what they instruct others to do. It is easy to tell someone else they need to work harder, read more or exercise but you see the speaker is not healthy, isn’t focused or doesn’t truly live in the moment and enjoy life!
See our emotions are actually a reflection of our thoughts. Many people tend to confuse following their heart with listening to their emotions. It has been said that the heart has a built in compass. Our minds, however, are deluded with all sorts of limiting and negative beliefs. We all tend to have biases that affect our perception and thus our thoughts, words and actions.
As a yogi, Lateef understands the importance of first having mental clarity. This is achieved with regular meditation. With a clear mind, we are able to be somewhat “detached” from situations, remain calm and find the best solutions. In the military, Lateef has experience in flight training. In one of the simulations, you are dunked into a dark pool in the cockpit of an aircraft and required to gain your bearings and escape safely. Our instincts are to panic but this response is exactly what leads to drowning. We must know how to remain calm in order to get to safety.
Motivation is two-part. We are all uniquely designed to be great in this world. Our first step is self-introspection and honesty in order to discover what that passion is. When we’ve identified what inspires us then it takes less discipline and willpower to purse those passions. We are less concerned with rewards and money. If money weren’t an issue we would still love engaging in this pursuit. The second part of motivation in order to be great does require practice, discipline and most importantly – PRACTICE!
Everyone who has been great at something may have been born with a certain degree of natural talent but it took significant repetition and practice to excel! There must be hunger to keep us going! Motivation can then come from an outer source or catalyst. This will most often be temporary but the whole point is to spark your own inner motivation! Outer stimuli can spark inner change and our inner dialogue will determination our decisions, who we surround ourselves with and how we spend our days!
As a speaker, Lateef is uniquely skilled to help spark your inner motivation! One of the best things you can do for yourself on your journey of self discovery is to work out what drives you. The first step is to identify your values as they provide the fuel for your motivation and the drive behind everything you do in life. If you value something you will always find the motivation and energy to do it. If you don’t value something, you will always struggle to find the motivation and energy to do it.
Your values drive your motivation. If you set goals that are aligned with your values, you will have the motivation to help you achieve them. If you set goals that are not in line with your values, it will be an uphill struggle to achieve them.
When you understand your values and their impact on how you are currently motivating yourself you will have a wonderful insight into why you achieve the results that you do in life. You will also know how to motivate yourself more effectively in the future.
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“Lateef is a wonderful writer and spiritual leader. He is on a mission to bring spiritual guidance to the world through his books and website.”
“I had the opportunity to get to know Lateef as a member of the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals. As President of this great organization, I had the opportunity to interact with active members of the organization. Lateef was a member that participated in many of the professional development workshops and always willing to assist and lead different activities. Lateef was a member that you can count on to make a difference and always be counted on for community service activities. It was a pleasure to have Lateef as an active member of the Urban League family.”
William Bryant JrPerformance Coach/External Consultant
“I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Mr. Warnick while attending Savannah State University. We were both members of the Navy ROTC Unit. I had the opportunity to being exposed to his great leadership, integrity & administrative ability.”
Rochelle Mack-TateSocial Worker
“Lateef is a pioneer and his work embodies the core of Jesuit/Ignatian spirituality: “Finding God in All Things.” While many of us will compartmentalize our professional and personal lives, Lateef is working to integrate supporting both individuals and groups to integrate every aspect of their lives so that each person is a channel for the divine.”
Frank DeVitoSpiritual & Educational Entrepreneur
“Lateef possesses a phenomenal intellect that has served him well in all endeavors.”
Capt Godfrey WeekesLand Attack Dept Officer
“I’ve known Lateef since we were students at Savannah State University. He and I served as midshipmen at the Universities’ Naval ROTC unit, where he served as a constant motivator for me and the other student leaders. Occasionally, Lateef would also tutor me on especially difficult mathematics concepts. Through his selfless dedication to me and the other NROTC midshipmen, Lateef displayed his caring leadership, attention to detail, tireless work ethic and dependability. Lateef is a real team player, leader and mentor. He would make an excellent member of any leadership team.”
Daniel KalsonProgram Specialist
“I am happy to recommend Lateef for any work that your organization needs. He is well versed at management issues, multi-talented, positive, energetic, and an excellent problem solver. His mind moves quickly and thinks of important solutions that will not only get the task done earlier but done in an innovative manner. Hire him today for any consulting projects in editorial, social media, or even engineering needs–he is well versed in many backgrounds!”
Tim KaviFreelance Writer
“Lateef Warnick promotes openness, diversity and tolerance, but more importantly the appreciation of good qualities in others. Paradoxical as it may sound, I think Lateef has managed to combine and connect his business and financial skills, and to some extent, his military training to create something much bigger, but also much more fundamental – a spiritual grounding! Lateef as a result of this spiritual wellness through his Concept YOUtopia & 1 S.O.U.L forum, encourages others to share their spiritual experiences, beliefs and insights thus promoting openness and diversity.”
“Lateef is an enthusiastic, friendly and qualified person whose energy is infectious. He knows what he wants and is willing to achieve that goal. He has a background of hard work and training and his ambition and discipline will not only achieve what he seeks but will help everyone he works with. He is destined for great things.”
Dr Derek LamarDirector
“Lateef is a self starter! He is definitely a man who wears many hats. Lateef is an accomplished author who has a special gift when it comes to motivating people. I am proud of the fact that I have crossed paths with such an outstanding individual.”
Fred Ogletree MBADirector
“Lateef is an amazing professional. He operates with a very high work ethic putting in the time to provide consistently high quality. I most value his willingness to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Marlon AndrewsBusiness Management
“As a Christian, I’m a practitioner of Indian yoga and Buddhist mindfulness meditation. In addition, I’ve spent many years observing and participating in the ceremonies of the Ojibwe Uti and Lakota tribes. I’m also a lifelong student of comparative religion and philosophy. This gives me a good background to evaluate Lateef’s knowledge of spiritual disciplines like Yoga. He has a good overall knowledge of spiritual practices, metaphysics, new thought and mysticism. I believe his spiritual background and knowledge, as well as his previous Navy and business backgrounds, give him much insight and expertise to be the CEO of his current spiritual social network.”
Randy KempB2B Technology Writer