The Power of Perspective + Where Motivation Resides

This morning I was asked to come on the local radio Morning Show of Chattanooga (Big 95.3) to discuss yoga, wellness, and accessibility for all. One of the questions Beth asked me, was in regards to motivation. How do you stay motivated? What does motivation mean? How do you keep coming back?

My immediate response was, you cant let motivation run the whole show. It is unreliable, not always showing up when you need it most. Therefore the days when it is hardest to show up for yourself, motivation is nowhere to be found, or at least, so it appears. I believe motivation is actually better phrased as commitment, a beautiful connection to perspective, and your own personal power to choose. Motivation is a decision, a perspective shift…not some outward stimulus that you can’t control on the days you need it most.

I’ll elaborate with the help of some of my favorite authors.

“Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest of it will take care of itself.”-Elizabeth Gilbert

This quote is constantly at the forefront of my thoughts. What is it that I am creating today that lights me up? What am I worrying about so much that is keeping me from this spark of a heart revolution? Start small, it doesn’t have to be a life changing, prophecy fulfilling action. Sometimes it doesn’t look like anything I would even typically WANT to do. Example: I need to clean my guest room/closet. Motivation…..crickets. But you know what would really create a sense of space, calm, and peace to move on with my day? If I cleaned it. If I mindfully folded my clothes, put them away where they belong, and didn’t have a mini heart attack every time I peeped into that room, I could put my energy elsewhere. Perspective flip. Done. I eliminated the “thing” that was keeping me from fully being a conduit of a heart revolution. Although it seems trivial and small, your space matters. (Not always EASY, but always WORTH IT!) P.S. “Create” can also be synonymously replaced with “do”.

Now these next two I love to marry together.

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” -Mary Oliver

“Work is love made visible.”-Kahlil Gibran

Wow, these two quotes get me with the goosebumps every time-simple and powerful. The marriage of these two directly equates to devotion, in my mind. Attention, or mindfulness, is the work and when we do the work it visibly reflects as love. The devotion of time and energy is felt and seen, as such.

So, all that to say, to truly stay motivated, ESPECIALLY on the days where it is no where to be found, devotion and love will be your best bet. When we can switch out perspective, and see the mundane, the frustrating, the disappointing, the pleasurable, the exciting-all as tasks of devotion to our space, our intention, our purpose and love for ourselves, our families, our friends, our community. THAT is where your motivation is. Sometimes it’s just a little harder to find.

Hannah LancasterComment