Posts Tagged ‘motivation’
My dear friend Perry, a fellow life-long theater professional, has an interesting honor: New Jersey’s version of the Tony Awards are called the Perry Awards – named after my friend. How did he get this honor? For being recognized for all of his work as an actor, director and teacher? For being on Broadway?
Nope. They’re called the Perry Awards because he started them himself. When he was 11. In his parents’ living room.
His parents were in the theater, and he decided there should be local awards. So he started it. Now, you wouldn’t know that easily now, since it’s a huge annual gala. But it began with a single, humble step, by an eleven year-old.
Action: Think about what you want to accomplish. Don’t get bogged down by all you need to do, and don’t even try to execute it at its biggest scale. Do something small, and do just one little step – but definitely do it.
Wow! I’m so excited. Really! …Why? Because I get to write to you here. No, really – while I love coaching and teaching workshops and doing yoga and all that jazz, blogging on inspiration has become addicting. Because it makes me focus my energy on things that uplift me, and that might uplift you – things that I also need to always reinforce within myself. Yep – it’s a spiritual practice. So suddenly, I walk around all abuzz about how to live life better and more fully. Not that it was completely out of mind previously, but it was just what the doctor ordered. Hoo ha!
So… what’s yours? What do you need to do that excites you, motivates you, and brings you energy throughout your day?
- Think back to something you love. Maybe it’s been days, or maybe years, since you did it.
- Whether it’s crocheting or playing tennis, carve out time regularly so it’s part of your life.
- Or, try something new. If you don’t have time for that activity, perhaps there’s something similar that might get you marching down main street.
Remember, these are activities – that is, things you do – not things you merely think about. Take action, and bring vivacity, motivation and excitement back into your life.
The week is long. The economy is in the dumps. No one likes you and your cat only pretends so that it will be fed. Yeah, yeah, there are always reasons to feel down and not inspired or motivated. But the sun is still shining and our basic goodness still resides. Plus, it’s your responsibility – so choose to make a change. Here are a few things to try.
- Get outside. Go for a short walk… even if it’s freezing!
- For 2 minutes, do nothing but take really deep breaths. Envision being filled with whatever quality is most beneficial. (More detail forthcoming.)
- Watch an inspiring speech on YouTube (perhaps a TED presentation).
- Write a gratitude list. Right now. Literally write (or type) 5 things that you’re truly thankful for.
- Close your eyes, and for two minutes, visualize how you will feel after you get done what is needed!
Oh, hi there. Thanks for dropping by. I like to cheer you up when I can – motivate, inspire, bring to life your truth.
But not in the way you’re expecting. If you’re seeking deep truth, well, there’s only one place you’ll know that it’s true for sure. And that’s inside. Sure, someone else may say something, or you may read an inspiring quote that moves you, but you’ll have to listen to your inner wisdom to know if it’s true.
See, what’s true for you may not be true for someone else. Is there One Truth? Well, maybe. But maybe we lost touch with that when we grew up. The seductive Outer World teases and tells us what we want to hear – and is happy to provide all the answers for us.
To be continued….