On Saturday morning, I found myself sitting beside the small pool where my kids have their weekly swimming lessons. Typically, in times like these, I would have fed my Instagram addiction or creatively fiddled with my iPhone, but recently, I’ve realised that there are too many occasions like this where I am less than present. So I stopped and took the time, in this brief thirty minute window, to observe my amazing young lion cub learn not only to swim like a little fish, but also learn an additional, unexpected life lesson that will teach him so much more than the obvious end goal.
Knowing that Jesse was a little tired and sensitive prior to going into the pool, I reminded him that whatever his teacher suggested would be offered with the sole intention of helping him learn to be a great swimmer. We then also discussed what his own motivation was for being there, so as to align his own personal commitment in wanting to be able to surf unaccompanied by an adult, with that of having to be in a small, overly-heated pool with three girls who can all swim faster than he can.
So as I watched Jesse swim freestyle up and down the pool in the same go-fast, erratic and very powerful style that I usually swim with, his fantastic teacher repeatedly stopped him to remind him to slow right down, to stop lifting his arm out of the water until he had completed the whole stroke and to stretch toward the direction he was heading, instead of getting caught up in how quickly he could get there. Who needs a life coach when you can watch your kids’ swimming lessons, right?
It made me think of just how often we do things without having really clarified what inspires and motivates us to do them. Most of the time, we are passive participants, either ‘there’ out of obligation or habit, which then usually means that at some point, we will be complaining or resenting the fact that we are ‘there’ without any choice.
Which leads me (and you!) to Part 1 of our second MMQ Studio Live and Learn series. Unlike the last MMQ Studio Live and Learn challenge, this series is about not only manifesting the life you most want in the future, but also exploring the day-to-day life skills and mindfulness needed to align your big picture life and legacy goals with that of your daily actions.
This week’s video post and complimentary worksheet are all about choosing what you want, understanding why you want it and then exploring when and what needs to happen today to align your present vision with your future reality. It is about looking for learning in every opportunity and finding what it will take for you to be committed and inspired to take responsibility for making life the way you want it to be.
Watch this week’s video and print your very own worksheet to learn how to clarify your focus, set clear intentions and put the structures in place to have your day-to-day actions align with your long-term goals. Try to complete at least 3 – 5 Worksheets so as to begin training yourself to use this basic but literally life changing process!
Here’s the video link:
As usual nothing but love…