In all the busyness of these past few weeks – my youngest daughter has a new baby – I totally forgot to mention that I had another article published in Powerful Women Magazine. It’s a great little magazine and Kaz Design Works, does a terrific job putting together each of the issues. You can get the print version or read it online at the above link.
Here is the article I wrote. This issue was all about motivation, one of my favourite topics.
Moving Along the Journey of Life
When a baby is learning to crawl, successfully moving forward motivates her to continue. Eventually, that crawling becomes walking, then running and climbing – each successful step motivating that child to strive to do more.
If that baby’s attempts to crawl never resulted in any movement, maybe she would have eventually given up and remained where she was. So it seems that three factors help to motivate us: a desire to move from where we are, a willingness to try new things, and some success to encourage us on.
I look at my own life and see how I’ve moved along in this journey called life. Adulthood included staying home to care for my six children. Since I had only a grade 10 education, I finished high school during those years. When my youngest child started school, I found a position at a university library and was trained on the job.
Years went by, and although I learned new tasks, work no longer challenged or motivated me, until the day came that the library computerized. I was so intimidated by the thought of learning to use a computer that I transferred to the daycare on campus and took care of babies instead.
After a year, I missed the students and transferred back to the library. I began taking computer courses and found myself inspired and motivated again. The next step was a transfer to another department where I could use my computer skills even more. Eventually, I took a package from the university, enrolled in a self-employment program, and opened a computer cafe in Toronto.
It wasn’t long before I realized that having a physical location wasn’t what motivated me. Instead, it was helping people learn to use computers and inspiring them to try more than they imagined they could do. I closed the cafe and began home training, then approached community centers and began teaching there as well. To get me out of my comfort zone, I also started doing group presentations. Although I felt physically ill before I spoke, I knew how much it helped my confidence to take risks and try new things.
I’ve also learned that a journey isn’t meant to be taken alone. Along the way, we need mentors to encourage us on. There are many people in my life that have inspired me. These include:
- My mother, who at the age of 86, still takes computer courses, blogs, and even creates ebooks that she sells online. I’ve seen first-hand in her life how computer use gives her purpose, challenge, even community.
- Stay-at-home mothers, not only caring for their children, but running a home business as well.
- Individuals of varying ages who have left the security of an unfulfilling job to work at their own businesses.
- Those who choose to work with a non-profit, sometimes even in a volunteer capacity, to help their fellow man.
When you feel unmotivated, what can you do to get back on track? Here are some suggestions:
- Read inspirational stories of others who have achieved in spite of their difficulties.
- Choose something you can do and show someone else.
- Learn something new.
- Take a risk and try something out of your comfort zone, but not too far out of your reach.
- Take your eyes off of yourself. That baby had to look ahead to realize there was more to reach.
We were all created with a seed of purpose – when you touch that purpose, you’ll be motivated as well. What about you, are you reaching ahead?
Now it’s your turn. Can you add any motivators to my list? Are you fulfilling your purpose yet?