Okay so it's no surprise that I work out, I've been doing yoga, I drink shakeology and I listen to personal development books. I'd be tricking you guys into reading this if one of those 4 things was what this blog was about. To be honest, I actually saw this headline on the front of a magazine and thought it'd be a great blog topic. The only problem is I don't have this huge health secret I'm intentionally keeping from my following. It got me to thinking though, there must be something I do daily that I don't share that's beneficial to my health and wellbeing. You know when you're so accustomed to doing something you don't even realize that it's not something everyone else does too?
So instead of this crazy health substance (shakeology) that's changing my body or this quirky workout move no one else knows about, I'm going to share an emotion, or more so a feeling in my gut that I think is what has changed (and continues to improve) my health overall.
Now before you leave thinking well that was not what I was looking for, hear me out!
This feeling is what motivates me, keeps me pursing my fitness and career goals, and ultimately what gets me out of bed in the morning. I'm going to share how I've developed this, how I maintain it, and how you can get it!
I can't describe this feeling in one word. I'd say it feels like a combination of adrenaline, anxiety, and excitement and involves an increased heart rate and a mind that is constantly running. If drive was a feeling I think it'd feel like this. This combination of feelings happens in my chest frequently, meaning 3-5 times per day and is what keeps me going. I don't remember the last time I napped, because this feeling starts up when I've got shit to get done!
How I developed it:
It started my final year of school, only the Lord knows why he waited 5 years to present me with this gift. I started developing it when I was given deadlines and everything seemed to be due at the same time.
I started using stress to benefit me. I would turn my stress into eustress and get all my work done WAYY in advance so I didn't have to stress about it when the deadlines approached.
I started getting this guilty feeling when I would watch Netflix or waste time. When I responded to this guilt with production it was like I couldn't stop. The feeling it gave me to be productive and use every minute of my day to my advantage was like a weird high. I ended up finishing assignments, online quizzes and projects months before the semester ended.
How I maintain it:
Okay, so I'm no longer in school, meeting professors deadlines, or striving for good grades, what's the use for it now?
Well throughout school I think it developed because I was striving to reach a goal. My senior year was when I was trying to get into Grad school and it seemed as though my future depended on it. I wasn't accepted into the only school I applied for and I had no jobs lined up. You would think this would be a bad thing, right?
Really, God was just presenting me when the opportunity to figure out what I was meant for. So I took time to reflect and develop my drive.
I maintain this motivation/determination by striving to reach goals, by making my life, my career, A PASSION, what I believe I was CALLED TO DO. I don't spend any number of hours in my day doing something that is not beneficial to my future, my dreams and my calling.
How you can get it: GRAB A PIECE OF PAPER
List 5 things that make you FREAKING amazing:
List 5 things that you have OVERCOME:
List your top DEFINING MOMENTS:
Answer these questions:
What do you want to do?
Who do you want to help?
How do you want to help them?
How will you benefit the world?
List 3 goals you want to achieve in the next year:
NOW GO--> DO--> Find your passion and you will start to feel this feeling of fulfillment too!