Day 23: Staying Motivated
Fifty Days of Easter: Day 23
If you want to build a ship, then don’t drum up people to gather wood, give orders, and divide the work. Rather teach them to yearn for the far and endless sea. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Yesterday we looked at the four motivations; political, economic, emotional, and spiritual. To stay motivated we clearly need to have an intrinsic motivation that is from the emotional and or spiritual motivation.
Part of staying motivated is to ensure that the goal we are working toward is compelling. Often we get lost in the minutiae of what we have to do, and lose sight of the bigger picture that is inspiring our action. Its too easy to lose the plot when we get caught up in the details. It’s not that details are unimportant, but that they need to be inspired by a compelling picture.
As we contemplate returning from the physical isolation, and entering into new-life, rather than an old normal we need to create a compelling picture of that new life. What do we want to be different? It is important to have a clear picture of that world before the tyranny of the urgent of our old lives returns and sucks us back into a daily routine that we do not want.
To create a better world, we do not need better people, we just need the people we have, to be their best. Clearly the pandemic is calling forth the best and worst of us all. What do we need to be our best. I think the first step is the step we have already taken. To discover ourselves at our best, and to reflect on what enables us to be our best.
From our best we can envision a compelling vision of the world we want to inhabit, not a fantasy but a realistic picture of how we want to live in a world that is clearly less than perfect. It will be realistic because it will be based on our best, something which we can look back on see was and is an actual reality.
Tomorrow in our ZOOM gathering we will work on creating that compelling picture. In the meantime a few steps for you to prepare:
Remember the stories of you at your best…
Notice what other stories come to mind as you remember yourself at your best…
See at these times when you were at your best how you were manifesting your values in the world…
Take some time to imagine what would happen if you at your best worked to make your hopes and dreams become reality…
What kind of world would you create for yourself and the people you love…
With Easter Joy