“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ~Susan Sontag
So, if you’re not sure if you’ve been stuck in “neutral”, simply ask yourself “When was the last time I felt eager or excited?” Follow that question by asking “When was the last time I took the initiative to actually seek out whatever had sparked this eager excitement, in the first place?” Eagerness has a way of disappearing when it is constantly ignored.
Read that again, trust me.
If you’re feeling less than motivated, and nothing inspires you, don’t worry. Worry doesn’t do anything, anyway. However, appropriate action does. The Life Balance Wheel is a tool I use with my clients, to help them measure their own personal growth and see where they are distributing their focus and energy. I think there’s is this misconception that personal growth is an “extra” add only when everything else is “done.” So, here’s where I go and also where I prompt my clients to go.
Back to module 2 where we take a look at how we are functioning.
This is what it looks like:
1. Redefine all 8 spokes in our life-balance wheel
2. Determine which are in the most need of attention – where do you feel your heart or mind are being pulled too hard in any direction
3. Balance the focus between the internal and external – Mind, Heart, Health with Work, Social, Family, and Fun
4. Engage in these steps:
· Set goals
· Plan tasks
5. Revisit the tips for living a well-balanced life as you see here then add, edit, delete!
· Take care of and nurture yourself
· Know what your priorities are
· Create an efficient mindset
· Expect the unexpected
· Maintain a positive mental attitude
Then, of course, we round it all out with setting goals and aspirations along with the objectives that will bring it all to life, afford for personal transcendence, and allow us to live free in the image we desire. Pay attention to your life. Take notice, ask questions, and build positive forward momentum through the process of becoming an active participant in your own life. Stop waiting for an invitation, if you woke up this morning, you’re invited. What you make of it, that’s up to you. Proceeding with purpose in my life was a choice. Inspiration doesn’t usually fall into our lap, it requires us to seek it, with consistent determination.
Bethany Hahlbeck, IMAC, NCPLC, NCFRC, NCRPS