By July 30, 2016 Read More →

ZenView – Motivation

Mary Layton
“Motivation is energy”, a friend told me once. She explained to me what compelled her to go to her exercise class even though she was feeling very lazy. It was a simple thought, a voice that said ” I’m going to feel much better. I need to move and I want to see my teacher and the people in my class.”

What motivates us in general are the things we want to have, or do, or need for our survival. Our dreams and wishes motivate us to work to have more money, more status, more freedom. We want to improve our game, express our talents, go where we haven’t gone before. We yearn for peace, love and connection. We want to stay feeling young, alive and in good health. We want to have fun. Maybe someone made an impression on us, inspired us and we feel motivated to explore in this direction further.

Sometimes it is an impasse or a crisis that motivates us. Hardship and pain have finally brought us to search for solutions. If we are really honest with ourselves, it is not that we have been served bad circumstances and bad influences and are now helpless. Most of the time it is our own choice to stay stuck and resigned, often with an overwhelming sense of anxiety, leaving us to sit at home and withdraw. We indulge our minds with negative thinking and our bodies with bad habits. We procrastinate.

The question is: How do we climb out of this pit? It will take effort. The trick is to ignore our laziness and fears and spring into action. Nike’s motto wraps it up so well: ‘Just do it.’ Be consistent. Look for support, if doing it on your own seems too hard.

Just doing it and making the effort continuously and regularly is the secret to turning life around in your favor. It is actually that first thought that we want to lose weight, quit a bad habit or do something we haven’t done before: once followed by action it will be what motivates us to keep doing it. Energy promotes more energy. Eventually we will stop limiting ourselves and can experience our full potentials and the joy in life that we all deserve.

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.