Sunday, 01 August 2021

F Faith and Fitness

Reclaiming Your Passion

Some days you wake up and right when you are going to begin your work, you feel a presence within you that stops you from doing so. You sit down, but you sit down quietly this time. Suddenly, that feeling where you once were so passionate and energized to take action just isn’t there anymore. You try to hype yourself up but it’s not working.  You face the truth. You don’t want to work today and you don’t feel motivated to do anything but just escape. Without this motivation, you feel a little hopeless, lost, and stuck.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. If you’re not a hundred percent passionate about your work, then it’s impossible to wake up everyday feeling motivated when you wake up. You might compare it to the ocean. Sometimes you’ll wake up feeling like a tsunami, other time you’ll feel like just barely drifting to shore. When you feel like drifting to the shore, understand that it doesn’t always have to feel like there’s no hope. You can still feel inspired when there’s no motivation.

 

1. Connecting the Dots

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” –Steve Jobs

 

Sometimes when you’re trying to reach a goal, it’s impossible to connect the dots where you currently are. Somehow you just have to trust in yourself, and have faith that you will reach your dreams despite not having the slightest clue or perfectly laid out road to where you are going. Nobody can connect the dots looking forward.  You only can connect them when you’re looking backwards. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.  You have to trust in something.  Trusting yourself is the first step towards feeling inspired and having the motivation to move forward.

 

2. Allowing Your Environment to Predetermine Your Mood

“There is a direct correlation between an increased sphere of comfort and getting what you want.” –Timothy Ferriss

 

Look around your room right now or your workspace. Does it inspire you? Does it give you motivation? Is it noisy or quiet? Sometimes the hardest thing we do to ourselves is try to force ourselves to work in an area that is subconsciously telling us, “I can’t work here.”

 

And when you are constantly trying to discipline yourself, you will feel worse and be less productive. Instead, try to build your ideal workplace and ideal time. Free it from distractions. Perhaps add a piece of artwork or a quote of your favorite person nearby you on the wall. Maybe add a beautiful plant in the corner to give you inspiration. If you feel more energy and enthusiasm during the night, schedule your day to work at midnight if you can. If you can realize the power of having a productive environment, you will naturally feel inspired and motivated to get work done.

 

3. Don’t Work So Hard

“Research now seems to indicate that one hour of inner action is worth seven hours of out-in-the-world action. Think about that. You’re working too hard.” –Jack Canfield

 

If you’re trying to force your way into taking action, it could be a sign that you are working too hard.  Don’t try to paddle upstream. That’s just basically saying to yourself every day that you need to force yourself to work.  Instead, paddle along the stream of the river. Trust yourself and let your environment work in your favor.  Inspiration will come to you from different ways – inside and out – and give you the motivation to guide yourself towards reaching your dreams.

 

4.  Remember Where Your Dreams and Passions Came From

Remind yourself of where your dreams and passions started.  They started in your heart, mind, and spirit.  God placed them there.  Remember the anticipation, nervousness, excitement, fear of the unknown....remember how you had to take a step of faith to pursue your passion!  Revisit those feelings that launched you into your dreams and passions.  Pray that God will renew this in your life.  Pray that God will remind you of the purpose of these dreams and passions in your life. He placed them in your heart for a reason.  When God places these passions in our hearts, it is not only for ourselves, but for the world around us as well.  Remind yourself to use your dreams and passions to help and serve others!

 

There is no doubt that I am living out my dreams and my passions as a gym owner and personal trainer.  I have been able to impact and change lives through this.  God has used the passion in my heart for this to change many, many lives.  Yet, there are days that I wake up and I don't want to go "to work".  I feel like I am in a rut at times.  But, I constantly remind myself of WHY and HOW my passion is helping others and WHY I pursued this career in the first place.  I motivate myself by looking back to the time that God began this work in my life and set me on this path!  I wouldn't change it for the world and it doesn't take me long to pull myself out of a rut and get excited again about my PASSION!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 

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