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Jul292019

How to Experience Motivation Calm That Will Move You Forward

The word motivation is synonymous with purpose, drive, momentum, and determination. I also attribute fast-paced energy and movement to motivation. I don’t normally associate the word, calmas a motivation descriptor. Do you? Interestingly though, I had a recent experience that shifted my perspective on motivation. I thought my story might resonate with you and be useful the next time you encounter motivation tumult.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons to be outside and enjoy nature. That includes walking along or kayaking on the river, weeding in the garden, stopping to smell and take photos of the flowers, or jumping the ocean waves. I love the intensity of scents, sounds, sights, and sensations. On one of these perfect weather days, my husband and I went kayaking. I loved the sound of my oar sloshing in the water as it moved through the river and pulled me forward. As much as I enjoyed rowing, I also appreciated just being still and letting the current propel my boat and me along.

We rented the kayaks for two hours, which meant that we had an hour to paddle up the river before heading back to shore. We had a destination, a purpose, and a place to get to. We were motivated to get there. But here’s the thing. We didn’t rush. We meandered. We had no concern about arriving and simply enjoyed the journey. We didn’t go quickly. We paddled some, stopped, floated while snacking on cherries, and paddled some more. We felt motivated, yet so very calm and peaceful.

It was also liberating. The idea of having a destination in mind, a will to get there, yet doing it in a calm, relaxed way, was a wonderful feeling. How often do we get caught up in the frenzy that motivation can bring? We can become so focused on getting there, wherever there is, that we miss the joy of the journey. Or, we overlook the fact that our passage can actually be tranquil. 

At one point we hit some rapid water. It was too challenging to paddle forward. Since the river was shallow at that spot, we jumped out of our kayaks and walked them to calmer waters. On our return, we passed through the fast waters again. But this time since we were going with the current, we remained in our boats and rode them downriver. What an incredible sensation to be carried swiftly downstream by the river and then return once again to a leisurely pace. 

Have you ever experienced motivation calm? What were the circumstances? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I invite you to our conversation!

 

 

 

 

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I love this idea and can only imagine what a wonderful day you spent on the river! I will carry this image with me the next time I get a little too rushed with trying to get something accomplished! Thank you!

July 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- I'm so happy to know that you can use this idea to help you refocus when you're feeling the rush, rush of getting things done. It was a beautiful day on the river and I'm looking forward to doing it again soon. Still feeling that calm from the sloshing, gliding, sights and sounds.

July 29, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I find that having a goal to complete something doesn't always have to be a rush when you have plenty of time to plan it out. Prepping my kids for college is a time where I can leisurely spend time buying things, researching options for storage, finding deals, and then setting up the bins of a course of several months (from June to August). The goal is clear. The tasks are precise when I use a checklist. I know where I left off and what is left.

July 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Feeling pressure to get something done can be motivating, but it can also be stressful and interfere with actually getting it done. When you're able to approach that same task calmly, you can take your time, enjoy the process more, and make fewer mistakes.

July 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Sabrina- Ahhh. You bring up a good point about the value of planning, preparing, and setting a reasonable expectation for goals. Your description of prepping your kids for college brings back some vivid memories. I did this with my daughters and also have helped many client's too. The checklist and timing helps. But sometimes it's also a matter of adjusting one's mindset. Because often when we're pursuing a goal we can get so caught up in checking things off the list, that we negate the joys along the way. Glad to hear that your system for moving forward works well for you. And how lucky your kids are too.

July 29, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- You bring up something that important. Sometimes it's the pressure that gets us to activate. That high stim of waiting to the last minute IS the motivation. However, with that does come stress. The idea of using a calmer approach appeals to me, but I recognize that it might not work for everyone. I like the idea of enjoying and appreciating more along the way.

July 29, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

You mentioned my moment of motivational calm. I love to garden. Just getting out with the sounds of nature and nothing more. Once I get started weeding or planting or watering I just get swept away. I don't think about other things, just what I am doing. It's very calming for me. Where I live I am able to garden about 8 months a year. Winter is hard for me because I can't just go outside to relax.

July 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Schiesl

What a neat insight into the power of peace and calm to motivate. I don't think I have ever considered this, but it makes sense. Periods of calm allow us to think and process ideas in a fresh way. I believe that I have had many sparks of inspiration in times of stillness, when I slow down enough to truly listen to what my heart is saying. After moments of calm I often come away with the energy to step up and take action.

July 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Janet S.- You describe a beautiful zen of gardening- your happy place. How fortunate you are to be able to enjoy that activity for such a long portion of the year. And what a lovely example of motivational calm. I understand what you mean about getting "swept away." The other day I was weeding one of the flower beds in the early morning before it got too hot. As you described, that's all I was focused on. And before I knew it, several hours had passed.

July 30, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- I love your phrase, "sparks of inspiration in times of stillness." That is a beautiful description of what is possible when we make space for calm and quiet in our lives. With the constant onslaught of input that comes at us from a variety of sources, making time for that stillness helps to give us clarity and hopefully some moments of gentleness and peace.

July 30, 2019 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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