MAWMonday Motivators 03/13/2016

Calendar-Daylight-Saving-Spring-WEB-600x464We arrive at the beginning of daylight savings time, and the days stretch to become longer. The pressing question that began January 1, 2016 lingers now as longer days challenge your prior excuses about time and motivation. Today’s MAWMonday Motivators encourage you to make the most of this new experience of time. Begin with the ideal. Engage the simple. Renew your energies. Empower others, and always practice the freedom to be yourself.

1. Ideal: Identify Greatness
I once presented my vision and plan for community practice. Upon hearing the proposal, one of the reviewers in attendance questioned, “Seems rather idealistic doesn’t it?”

My response, “Someone has to set out to systematically create the ideal, or it will never happen.”

I have never been one to shy away in the face of a challenge. My personality is decidedly idealistic, hopeful, and optimistic. But, I am also a student of systems, operations, and mechanics. Yet, no matter your personality and no matter your study, the first quality of change toward the ideal is to risk failure in the attempt. My advice and my example is for you to identify the greatness we can all benefit from. Then, risk to create it even in the face of possible failure.

2. Hard Questions: Do the Simple Things
I understand that you want to make a difference. First, you have to understand how the system works. I am always hesitant when someone espouses an ideal without a systematic analysis of the problem. Fancy phrase, “systematic analysis” just means to look at the problem from multiple angles, top to bottom, and backwards and forwards to identify patterns. Like pulling a plug from the wall, you can stop the supply of energy to the system, and you can interrupt the outcome that you find unacceptable. Create new energies, new mechanisms, and you can create new outcomes. Sustain the energy, and you can sustain the gains. Beyond simplification, though, simple tasks may reveal themselves. I counsel that you explore holistically for unintended consequences and resource wastes, but address what’s easy as well in the context of a comprehensive plan.

3. Failure: Begin Again
What may be the simplest advice of all is the admonishment to become like a child. For the child, sleep has a certain magic. Most children, if they can make it to bed angry, are relieved of the anger in the morning. Each morning is another chance to engage new experiences. The only difference in adulthood may be the complexity of learning that also attends the morning. Refuse the stale and stifling energies from the night before. Integrate the learning. Renew the energies to bend toward your will again in the new day.

4. Need Help: Empower Others
It’s not just about marketing and building a network. Connecting is about releasing others to be their best. And, should they find common purpose and complementary skills, you find a partner for change. Empowerment can be reciprocal in its manifestation. As you seek out and achieve your best, you give others permission to seek. Action speaks louder than words. Lead by example. Other trite and cliche phrases could be expressed. The core truth is your vulnerable reality. You need help. Make a part of your struggle to ensure that you create that help.

5. Need Freedom: Be Free to Be You
You need freedom. You desire it. But, do you recognize that you already have it. Freedom sits in the closet like a trumpet that you put away in your youth. You remember some elements of the skill you have not practiced in some time. You can almost hear the music you made in your former experience. You remember the embarrassment of wrong notes and the anxiety of public performance. You also remember the challenge of practice, and the joy of being appreciated.

Your freedom is the same way. Pull it out of the closet and practice again. You will find that same appreciation multiplied as others realize that, in your presence, they too can perform their freedom. In your freeing presence, they can be themselves.