What motivates you? Today I’m thinking about motivation as I deal with unmotivated clients and have personally struggled to find my stride again after dealing with some life and health situations. I think the biggest challenge is that we say to ourselves that we’ll deal with “x” when we’re through this challenge. But as soon as we get through a challenge we’re hit with something else and that thing, “x”, that seemed so important still seems really important, but is just getting further buried under the challenges of life, things that seem more pressing than “x”.
So what if we backed up a whole lot and thought about why we get up in the morning. And no, I’m not really talking about the fact that you get up because the sun is up or the alarm goes off or the kids run in and bounce on the bed or because you have to go to a job or because the kids are up and may be heading to school. Some of those things can be indicators for why you get up, but in most cases if we really were honest, they’re not the reason we get out of bed. The unfortunate thing is that many of us don’t get out of bed because we’re excited and thankful for a new day. We get up because we have to, or at least that’s the attitude we have about it.
Sure, you could stay in bed, and maybe your boss or kids would be willing to work with you on that. Maybe the kids are willing to climb in bed with you with cups with lids and watch a TV show or two for an hour so you can mentally wrap your head around the day ahead or just rest with them and maybe even catch up on your emails or read a book. Maybe your boss would love someone to come in an hour later and leave an hour later because it will help deal with the client issues that always seem to crop up at the end of the day better. You don’t know until you ask.
But now we’ve completely gotten sidetracked. The question, if you remember, is why do you get out of bed in the morning? What really and truly motivates you to live your life each day? Is there anything that you’re really feeling motivated by, or have you let life get the best of you and you’ve stopped looking forward to what the day will bring. I believe each and every day can hold some really amazing things, but we don’t always have the open eyes or heart to receive them.
As part of what we do for the last week of the month I do want to take a look at being motivated, but I really want to work on tapping back into our hearts and listening to them again, believing in them and ourselves and opening up to the best this world has to offer, rather than just floating along.
“The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” Blaise Pascal