“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli
Follow the path to your dreams
“I’m just not that motivated” said one client.
What does that mean? What does it mean to not be motivated? Isn’t motivation a choice that you make? It almost sounds like there are no choices, no goals, or no actions that could be taken.
What do you do when you don’t feel motivated?
Dream. That would be the starting point for creating something worthwhile pursuing. It isn’t likely that waiting would help you get motivated. TV is certainly not a motivational tool. Spend some time writing down some things you would love to do. Dream BIG. Step outside the boundaries you have and dream about things that are just absolutely beyond what you know you can do today.
Write down those dreams. Then pick one of those dream ideas and just think about what it would take to make that dream a reality. What elements would be needed to make that dream a possibility? Money, Time, Knowledge, Experience, People, … What would you need to make that dream start to take shape?
Understand the gap between your dream and your current reality. What would need to change to enable you to pursue your dream? What are those big gaps? What can you do to close those gaps bit by bit?
Create a plan that enables you to realize your goal in small bite-sized chunks. Then take action. Do a little each day. Push through the resistance.
Don’t wait … motivate.
For some this time of the year is pretty empty. To fill the tank may take doing something far different than ever before. What would that be?
Predictions are being made as we approach a new year. For some the impact of the financial crisis will become all too personal. For others, perhaps 2 billion people food will be more expensive and much harder to obtain. It will take the full effort of those who have to give a bit more to those who don’t have.
Take a quick inventory of your life – what do you want to make better this year?
Here’s a set of predictions that seem to make sense, especially prediction #9.
– When things just click
– When there is full engagement
– When the energy is fully spent and it feels good
– When there is absolute focus
– When there is connection between self and action
When do you encounter life? When there is harmony of self.
“How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now.” — Gerald Jampolsky
Focusing on solutions, rather than mistakes, on the future, rather than the past, will enhance your self-image, enabling you to become more of who you desire to be.
Here is an exercise that you can try. Find someone you know fairly well and ask them to help you with an area that you’d like to get better at. Ask them to give you some suggestions that might help you get better in that area.
Before you begin record in a journal your experience and the goal you are trying to achieve and write in the suggestions they provided. Work on following their suggestions. Are those suggestions working for you? Track your results in the journal.
Try using feed-forward with others and focus on what is ahead of you.
“Every day is my best day; this is my life; I’m not going to have this moment again.
Bernie Siegel, “Love: The work of the soul, handbook of the soul.”
Have you ever wanted to stop the action for just a moment? Have you wanted motion to stop so that you could enjoy a particular moment and how it felt and how it resonated and how it just meshed with every part of your being? What was that moment for you?
Take the picture of the sunnset and look at it. It is an event trapped for an instant, a frozen image, a snapshot of a sunset that continually changes until the color is removed from the sky. We capture images to remind us of what once was. What moment do you want to freeze?
What got you to that moment? What was the feeling that you wanted to capture?
Would you like that feeling to come back? Not the moment but the feeling that so enthralled you that you wanted to freeze the frame and capture that moment. What would it take? Honestly! What would it take to recreate that moment over again as a fresh new invigorating resonate event that would be grand, great, and exquisite?
“Dare to dream,
Because only by dreaming,
will you ever discover
who you are, what you want,
and what you can do.
Don’t be afraid to take risks,
to become involved,
to make commitment.
Do whatever it takes to make
your dreams come true.
Always believe in miracles,
and always believe in you!”
~ Julie Anne Ford ~
“Promise yourself to dream more and hesitate less.
To believe in yourself more
and judge yourself less by
the accomplishment of others.” Deanna Beisser
Dream more and hesitate less. How is it that our dreams shrink back when we hesitate to turn those dreams into goals and into action? How many opportunities will slip by when we hesitate to take action?
When we hesitate we lose momentum, when we lose momentum we lose the power to create. The waterwheel was used to power 19th century factories and it was the engine of the economy. When the water stopped moving so did the waterwheel and so did the factories.
Hope is the fuel of dreams. Robert Kennedy said, “Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a ripple of hope, …”. Action is a dream that has momentum. Action is what sees a dream turn into a creative river of possibilities.
Now, sometimes we just need to step back and relax ….
A walk with a dog
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind … The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.” Dali Lama, ‘The path to tranquility’
Perhaps your path is not clear and you have been wandering about searching for the true you. Work isn’t doing it for you; in fact nothing in the current moment feels strong and compelling as it should. There is no magnetic pull to some mysterious goal; there is no pull at all.
Change the script you are reading from. That’s right, change the script. Rewrite the play. Play a bigger part, make your voice heard. Come alive. Become who you were truly meant to be.
What risks are you willing to take to rewrite your personal life script?
What bold steps can you take today?