When I run, I don’t always listen to audio books and podcasts. Though I do very much; just not always. Many times I’ll listen to uplifting music for the run, and I’ll save audio books for the gym or something. I have an ear for good music, so it’s part of what connects me with who I am when I’m listening to it.
I love listening to progressive dance music when I’m out on the pavement or trails, because the energy is alive and helps me move with an unbelievable rush. We all have our own energy boosters, for me its progressive uplifting and high energy music, so when I’m running it’s like I’m just dancing down the street!
I know I just gave you a strange “Muppet Show” picture, but that’s what it feels like a lot of times. I’m not running, I’m dancing!
I remember many times being out on the road and I hit a wall. If you’re a runner you understand what this mean. It comes out of no where, and you feel like you want to just stop and try again tomorrow, but knowing all to well that if you stop you’ll be kicking yourself later for it.
I hit these walls all the time, and it’s a terrible feeling! So what I typically do, because I recognize it when it hits, is that I start increasing and high stepping my pace. Many times the wall hits me on a hill, and so I’ll just try to get to the top of the hill quickly, and before you it I’m feeling fine again, and running smoothly.
I don’t think those walls are there for us to slow down because our body can’t take it anymore; I think those walls are there to climb over and give us that second wind we’ve needed.
Where do you think that uplifting music I listen to comes in handy the most? Yep, right when I hit those walls! That kind of music is always building, so naturally I’m building with it.
Now, even if you’re not a runner I still think you can understand this, because I can understand this same exact concept in my other roles throughout the day. I hit walls all the time, but now I recognize them when they hit.
When I’m working for a while striving for results, I hit walls where I feel like giving up and just ending the day, but knowing later I’ll be kicking myself if I do so.
I intentionally have motivational messages, audios, and reminders going off throughout the day reminding me to keep building, and just like that I can step it up into overdrive to get over the wall and finish what needs to be finished.
There are people in your organization and in your team that experience walls all time, and I know you do too if you’re striving to get somewhere. Knowing this, you could be asking yourself questions that are geared towards helping them get over their walls and feeling better about their day.
A lot of frustration from many people comes from loss in motivation throughout the day, not being able to finish their work, and then kicking their own tails because they have to play catch-up all the time.
That frustration leads to resentment, and more so realizing that they just hate what they do.
Whether you’re a manager or not, you have the power in your hands to help people in your team get over that wall. If you don’t who will? Someone has got to light that fire, so everyone else can experience pleasure from the successful completion of their goals.
Now, I don’t mean prodding them with iron spears, or whipping them like a dogsled kind of motivation. I mean, they need to feel empowered, and know that they can get over the hump, and we’ll be feeling juiced up before they know it.
They need your voice, they need your encouragement, they need your energy to rub off on them! So give them your best.
Be the best wall climber, so the people around you can be the best wall climbers as well, and thus the entire team will learn to climb walls together, and win!
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