Everyones life journey is unique and my guess is that everyone faces moments of happiness, excitement, success, and sadness, challenges, and failure. Each of these experiences creates the individuals we are. These individuals, although residing within the same physical body, is a unique individual in each moment. Some of my academic peers would tell me that I am a social constructionist as I believe that our context and environments greatly influence the person we are which alters from moment to moment – I cannot disagree with them. But let me get to the point of my post before I run a tangent.
Along my journey over the last few years I have had many supporters, cheerleaders as Felix Jaehn labels them in his 2014 remix. My team is small but mighty. Beyond my parents and brother, the loudest cheerleaders I have, I have a couple friends that are constantly supporting and promoting my mental health. We banter about everything, they provoke debates and call me out when my thinking may be negatively affecting my overall wellbeing. I do not always hear them calling me out but they are there when I fall and constantly ready to listen as I grumble and mumble through my thoughts in an attempt to process my experience. A couple others constantly support my physical journey to a healthy body. And while a few others are willing to listen to me work through my religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, I believe this is the part of my life I keep most private.
However, what I have learnt over the last couple months is that I need to be my biggest cheerleader. The others in my life are vital. Without them I would be no where near where I am today nor do I think I could accomplish my overall goals. BUT, behind every interaction I have is me and if I am not able to make the first step then the game of life remains on pause. So over the last couple days I have spent some time figuring out ways to motivate and inspire myself. They range from the vision map I have on my apartment wall that displays my road to graduation, random chalk board isles in my apartment with sayings like “study smart” to my newest mirror decor that promotes what I have labeled 2015s summer as.
Selfish summer has been my motto, another tactic I have used to keep myself inspired and motivated to work on me. Health 2 Healthy is of course this blog but also the journey I am on and hope to inspire others to pursue. We can all claim a state of health, either positive or negative, yet there is more for each of us. Being healthy is holistic and encompasses all walks of ones life including the mental, physical, and spiritual. It takes into account that our lives are not without interactions and fragmentations and that each of these intersection and fragments at their optimal is what creates a healthy well-being.
In other words, when I am able to say that my spiritual, mental and physical are all at their prime or at least further along the spectrum towards to end of healthy then I have achieved greater health and a stronger well-being. For me the ultimate goal is for all three, my spiritual, mental and physical, to be at their prime together and thus reaching my finish line in this game of life. I could make it complicated with the various questions that capture my thoughts but I will leave it in this simplified form, at least for this post.
So with that being said I encourage each of you to find something in your own lives that inspires and motivates you. Find the things that promote your movement from health 2 healthy even when your cheerleaders are absent. It is these little (or big) things that I believe will help each of us get out of bed, to take the steps needed to obtain optimal health, and to inspire and motivate others. In fact over the last couple weeks I have found more energy in my day-to-day life to support others. Indirectly I found that I was actually motivating and inspiring myself, likely more than I was motivating and inspiring those I was attempting to support. Either way, I have found techniques such as writing on my mirror, placing my vision map in a location I can see throughout the day, using various stickers and colours to organize and reward certain positive behaviours and found certain objects that help me stay inspired and motivated. These techniques are likely to change for me, boredom is one of my greatest challenges. The ability to be creative and think beyond the boundaries presented to me in the various self-help books I have read is exciting though. (Yes, I have read many self-help books. Many for professional and academic purposes and also some to satisfy my personal interest.)
With all that said I am sure that the time spent learning about what inspires and motivates you will prove to be beneficial. Give it a go and share it with others. You just never know who else you are inspiring and motivating along the way!