We learned, in our segment about energy, what it means when we react negatively to something such as when we procrastinate or resist doing something. It means our emotions and our energy isn’t in tune with that activity and so we see it as something unpleasant. We also learned what it means when we react in a positive way. It means that our energies and emotions are in tune with that activity and when we feel that way, we have to understand that what we are feeling is the key to finding what we resonate with and what motivates us.
Thanks to my introverted personality and my extroverted job, I often feel so drained and void of energy that I have to find the motivation to do many things.
So how do I do it? The first thing I think about is what I’d rather be doing. Do I want to do the dishes? No. Yes, I know they need to get done but it feels like a chore and I don’t want to. I don’t feel like standing there at that sink and working when I’ve already been at work all day.
So, I think about the things that I’d rather do. Would I like to figure out how to take video footage and turn it into a GIF file? Yes. Would I like to chat and write with my friends online to create stories that we write together? Yes! Would I like to find fun and inspiring quotes to motivate myself? Of course, I would!
Sometimes, just laying back and watching mindless TV is all I want to do. Sometimes, playing a video game is all I want to do. Sometimes it’s listening to music, sometimes it’s reading, sometimes it’s creating something new and artistic.
There’s always something that I’d rather be doing than the things that feel like more work. But what if the work needs to get done? What if not doing that laundry means that I have nothing to wear to work tomorrow?
The truth is, sometimes we have to do what we don’t want to do. Sometimes the work just needs to be done but that doesn’t mean that it has to feel negative.
I’m always spouting in my blogs that you already have the power to do bigger things and that all you need to do is put your focus on the things that provide positive energy. Focus on the things that you love; that inspire you. That is the bridge to get from negative energy to motivation.
Now that I’ve thought about the things that I’d rather be doing, chances are that I’m going to start doing one of those things. What can I say? They sounded fun! But here’s the interesting thing, often, when I start doing the things that I love, the positive energy that comes from that action is what sparks the inspiration that makes me want to do more.
For example, let’s say that the activity I chose was to watch a movie. It’s fun, its relaxing, it’s entertaining, and I'm a movie buff so it's definitely something that I love doing.
I started watching Finding Dory on Netflix. I’m enjoying the film, I’m admiring the CG animation ( I LOVE CG films) and I really like the story. Seems simple enough, yes?
Ah! But what’s this? I’m watching this movie and suddenly I’m hearing the song “Unforgettable” sung by Sia, one of my favorite artists. I was already happily relaxed. The feelings of forced chores and hard work were already gone but now, I’m hearing a song being sung by an artist that I absolutely love. Now, I’m excited. I’m squealing with glee, I’m giggling, and now I’ve sprung into a sitting position because now this movie has got my full and excited attention.
See that? We’ve already moved from a slumped position to a sitting one. We’ve already gone from content and amused to being fully alert and curious, fascinated, and wondering. That’s quite a leap, wouldn’t you say? But that’s really all it takes. The momentum has already begun and now the energy has been sparked and it feels great and I’m smiling and I’m happy and I might even rewind to hear the song again. That’s positive energy for you.
Well, now my emotions are going haywire. The song is resonating with me because of the story that was just told through those CG fish in that wonderful Disney magic and yet, I’m so excited that I’ve gotten the unexpected surprise of hearing my favorite artist.
Can you guess what often comes next in a case like this?
That’s right! Inspired thought. My mind is going a mile a minute, it’s racing thinking about the movie and how much I loved it, how I’m loving this new song and then the idea comes to me to find out if the soundtrack is available for purchase. I’d love to hear Sia sing that song in the car on my way to work.
So I sprang up from the couch to grab my phone. I began buzzing through Amazon Music Unlimited to find the song and before I know it, the song is streaming. I was so excited that I turned the movie off and stood there singing along with the song, doing slow steps around the living room. It was fun and I was totally in the moment. But positive energy doesn’t stop there. The vibe keeps on buzzing until you’re deliriously happy. So when the song ends, another begins playing. I’d never heard it before but it was Sia, so there was no way I was going to turn it off.
The song happened to be “Flames” by David Guetta & Sia. The song was filled with so much encouragement, so much inspiration and that beautifully creative vocal carried me all the way form excited to ecstatic.
From that point, listening from my phone wasn’t enough. I ran to get my Bluetooth head phones so that I could hear the song with no outside noise whatsoever.
I was dancing, I was smiling, I was singing. I was happy. Somehow I danced my way into the kitchen and there was that pile of dirty dishes, still waiting for someone to tend to them.
This time, they didn’t seem so bad. This time they were more than just a chore, they were an excuse to stand there and listing to all of my favorite Sia songs plus the two new ones I had discovered. I found a randomized playlist to listen to in the hopes of finding even more new songs of hers.
So, there you have it. That’s how you use the things you love to make you feel better than you felt minutes ago. You find the enjoyment of the things that truly bring you into that positive energy and there’s no telling what you will accomplish once that energy begins to flow.
It’s almost like a formula. Resonance sparks an energy, that energy fuels inspiration, and that inspiration motivates us to do miraculous things.
That’s why getting int touch with the things you love is so important. It’s even more important not to limit yourself just because you think you’re doing too much. I have so many interests and each and every one of them brings me the kind of joy that inspires me to do more. It motivates me and encourages me to motivate others.
The things that you love and the things that motivate you are the ‘and’s’ in your life and all of those 'and’s' are represented by the ampersand.
Now you can see how powerful it can me to take the things that you love and use them to empower yourself. That is what Ampersand Squared is all about.
Hey, it’s like I’m always saying. There’s an ampersand in all of us. Resonate with yours and let it motivate you.