Have you ever felt out of energy and have little desire to do much? My feeling is yes- we all go through these phases at one time or another in our lives and they can last for a short while or a long time. Sometimes it's necessary to lay low and not do much, especially if you are an active person. Other times, when we know that either we are avoiding doing something or want to make purposeful steps forward but just can't seem to, it's time to find that motivation from somewhere and begin.
Here are some ideas that have helped me to move from low to balanced, and I hope that they can help you, too.
We are a part of nature, not seperate from it (although humans tend to think that they have power over nature and are above it's cycles). Our bodies respond to the seasons and forces of nature just like every other living being does. We contain within us qualities of the four elements- earth, air, water and fire. The way they manifest themselves within our bodies and lives depends on both our inner world and our outer world.
For this article, I am focusing on the qualities of how Earth energy shows up in our lives.
Qualities of Excessive Earth energy: lack of motivation, procrastination, feeling drained, lack of desire to do much, belief that even if we do try we won't succeed, little to no commitment to our responsibilities, fear of failure, tired, worn out, not knowing where to begin- so not even starting, feeling of being stuck
We all experience these times of un-motivation, I think it's a natural part of running a business, especially when we have a life that continues outside of our business. Many of our personal issues- mainly our feelings and emotions- work themselves into our business, making it sometimes seemingly impossible to move ourselves forward.
However- there is ALWAYS a way forward.
The question is- how can we lift ourselves up when we're feeling down, defeated and with no clear way to get back up again? How can we feel motivated, energized and ready to go again?
How can we get back into balance?
Qualities of Balanced Earth energy: Stable, able to make well thought out and intuitive decisions, strong connection to intuition, clear, focused, easily follows through with ideas, deep trust in the unknown and the self, financial stability, takes time to complete tasks, aware of what is happening in and around you, confident, feeling of peace and calm, centered
My tip for this is: MOVEMENT AND NATURE- together. The first step starts with our willingness, which we all have or we wouldn't be running a business in the first place. We must tap into that place again- remember why you are doing this and what your passions surrounding your business are.
And then, put your shoes and warm jacket on. LEAVE THE PHONE AT HOME AND GO ALONE. Open your door and get outside, but not onto the city streets, get into nature.
Go for a walk through the trees, near the water, around a lake- go to where it's beautiful. Go with yourself and breathe. In and out. Slowly and deeply. Let yourself feel all that is there and don't push it away. Allow your mind to wander, allow your thoughts to just flow- once you begin to walk, they will, it's the beauty of movement.
Nature is powerful and will support you- it helps to loosen the tension and to bring things into perspective. The fresh air does wonders for your brain and a change of scenery can lead to a change of perspective. There is a magical change that happens to us when we get outdoors and into nature.
Notice what it does to you.
Walk until you feel better. This can be 10 minutes or 1 hour. But you will feel better.
If your motivation has still not found its way back into your game- do it again the next day, and the next, until it does. This is a practice that we can always come back to do, day in and day out for the rest of our lives.
When I'm feeling lost, demotivated and uncertain, I do this. I take a journal with me and sit down somewhere that calls me and I write- this is also a powerful tool to help remove the blocks and get your creativity flowing again.