I have always been motivated by the achievements of other humans. Last December in an experiment to clear my mind, I removed every picture from my office except for a few images of guys that I admired for some special reason. At first I was kind of surprised that these last three images left hanging, were human based. But for example, when I needed some inspiration to go for a long cold bicycle ride in the dead of winter, Lance was always there to motivate me to get going.
Last Friday I finally did remove these remaining idols from my wall to be replaced by a simple picture of our solar system. I think I got the idea from the Radio Shack poster, but now that the solar system poster has been up for a few days I really like it. Instead of focusing on people, I now think about planets. Not from a physics perspective, but more from a “zoom-out and chill-out” frame of mind. I think it is a better motivator.