It’s mid-January. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Did you know that just 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution? For such a positive tradition, that’s not a very positive statistic. But don’t let that discourage you! The winter blahs are enough to de-motivate the best of us.
Our to-do lists don’t stop growing when we feel unmotivated. In fact, sometimes our lists grow and grow because we’re unmotivated. Yes, you probably do have to do dishes, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the internet search, the homework assignment, the job application … eventually. But first, you have to find your spark!
Your spark is what brought you to this moment in your life. It’s what you care about, the causes that move you, the issues that keep you up at night, the desires that compel you forward, the people and places that seize your heart. It’s your motivation.
We lose it sometimes. Life’s twists and turns can leave us overwhelmed and worked up. Unbalanced and uninspired. In between one decision and the next or even just one task and the next. Stuck. Bleh! No one likes that feeling. It’s uncomfortable.
What are we to do? Cue the words of wisdom.
Experience shows us that the path to positive movement forward is walked one step at a time.
One step at a time means one choice. One moment. One action … like reading a quote from a stranger who eerily seems to know you really, really well. That’s totally do-able!
Whether you’re bored, frustrated, unsure, or just unwilling to get out of your pajamas … here are 7 questions to spark your transition from unmotivated to inspired.
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#1 “Compassion is not a virtue—it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have—it’s something we choose to practice.”—Brené Brown, Author
#2 “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”—Mary Oliver, Poet
#3 “There is morning inside of you waiting to burst to life.”—Rumi, Poet
#4 “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”—Thomas Edison, Inventor
#5 “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”― Danielle LaPorte, Author
#6 “Always remember that nature refuses to be rushed. She can only be made to evolve and that takes time. Take heart!”—Dharma Mittra, Yogi
#7 “All is not lost, even if you’ve been hurt deeply. We were born with wondrous resiliency—we are designed to recover from injuries. But what is the secret to righting past wrongs and getting past the pain so you can heal? It’s simple, but certainly not easy–we must forgive.”—Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Integrative Medicine Expert
Feeling inspired? Me, too! Now take that motivation, get out there, and make it happen! Maybe for you that means learning more about that holistic health program you’ve been Googling. While you’re feeling motivated, request more information about that Certificate in Wellness Consulting, that Associate in Health and Wellness, or even the Bachelor of Integrative Health Sciences.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.
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