Motivation or Willpower
Guiding people to action is an interesting process. Many wait for their muse, a force often personified as a woman, who provides inspiration for painters, sculptors, writers, composers and other creative artists. When the right 'feeling' comes, the person will be motivated and ideas will flow.
In his book "Mini-Habits, Smaller Habits, Bigger Results", Sephen Guise notes that motivation is unreliable as it is based on feelings. We place the responsibility on external factors and shift the responsibility outside of our control.
Willpower places the responsibility and control on the individual. It can be scheduled, written on a calendar and completed. It can be strengthened, like a muscle. Conversely, intention without action can harm self confidence.
The clients I coach who make what I call "Quantum Leap Progress' seem to know this intuitively. They take the responsibility to schedule, complete and move forward with enthusiasm. We process and discuss alternatives, but they move to action using willpower.
Studies indicate when goals are hand written we are much more likely to follow through than when typed. Actually writing intentions on a calendar and following through at a designated time further enforces out commitment to make changes.
The beginning of autumn is a perfect time to revisit our "True North Values", consider and hand write our goals and intentions, schedule them on our calendars and commit them to action! With each small step we complete, we will strengthen our will power and become more successful in all of our endeavors!
The Magic Hat
Today's treasure is a memory from my oldest daughter
This morning Mycala told me that last night she was telling a friend about the my "magic hat". I had a big clunky ivory knit hat when the girls were little - kind of like a fisherman knit and I could roll it up to make a big cuff when I wore it. When I stretched it out, it was amazing how much it could hold.
Well, I told the girls it was magic. So when we got new things - books, toys, art supplies - I didn’t just hand them to them. I’d call them into their rooms and we’d sit on the bed and I’d say, “I have a feeling there’s something in the magic hat!” And we’d check and it was empty. But while we talked, I’d slip things in from under the pillow! And all of a sudden I’d check the hat again and!!!!! Why, there WAS something in the magic hat!!!!
So I wrote back to her and said I had them fooled for a long time and here’s what she wrote -
Mom, I am still convinced that hat was magic. You didn’t fool anybody – it really was!
I need to replace my long forgotten - I thought! - magic hat!
Violets to Pay it Forward
Two more Pay it Forward projects are in the mail!
I've been researching violets since spring and since one of my Pay it Forward recipients is named Athena, it seemed to be a good fit for her when I read that Athens had been referred to as a city crowned with violets. Intuitively, I decided to send Susan a booklet on violets as well!
Both books contain information on the violet's gender, planet, deity, and recipes for violet butter, crystallized violets and more. Oh, and the powers of the violet - love, luck, protection, wishes, healing and peace!
Journal from the Summer of 1986
My ever faithful Mac has been under the weather for awhile and it escalated to an extended emergency trip to the MacHospital to replace his logic board. They determined that the hard drive was in perfect shape but replaced it anyway, at no additional cost, because there was a problem with rebooting. So Mac is back and so am I!
As always, there are blessings in every perceived set back. Not having a computer gave me an opportunity to move full steam ahead with my sketch books, journals and Pay it Forward Projects.
Remake of a Journal from the Summer of 1986 for Tom.
When we moved to our 1820s farm house on 10 acres, we were blessed with fruit laden trees - cherry, pear, at least 10 apple trees - including my favorite cooking apple, the Summer Rambo, and my favorite for eating - the orange fruited Cox's Orange Pippin. It was even more endearing because my grandmother's last name was Cox. I spent the summer canning and cooking and wrote down every recipe! Tom was at our house almost daily and there were references to him in the journal, so for his Pay it Forward, I recreated the journal. He is a phenomenal cook so this seemed to be a good blend of memories and practical information!
Class is full!
Class is full! We have 7 registered! I had planned to keep it to 6, but everything is as it should be!
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