The Current’s Natural Cycle
momentum, and progress – they’re attractive words.
From personal goals to business plans, we want to see that
forward movement. Over the last 13 years of coaching people
from diverse backgrounds and industries, I’ve detected
a natural cycle through which we move constantly.
Any time you’re poised for growth, there is at first an
internal movement that occurs. You are moved emotionally,
spiritually, or mentally. However you describe it, something
tugs on you from the inside and produces the impetus for
change. What’s happening is that you are committing to
raising a standard of some kind. It’s a Defining
A process of Gaining Clarity follows,
during which your direction and next steps become evident.
Then comes Moving Forward, the stage of
taking action, managing what comes up, and figuring out how
to stay motivated.
Whether you’re in the process of forming your strategy or working it, the
remaining two stages always apply. Enjoying Now
means being grateful for what you have and choosing well
when it comes to your time and energy. The final stage is
Operating in a Powerfully Graceful Way. This is a
combination of making things happen (driving it
forward) as well as allowing them to happen
(trusting what’s occurring) and deriving satisfaction from
There’s a Correlation
Each stage in this natural cycle influences the other. The
more connected you are with your reasons for pursuing a
particular direction, the more confidently you’ll move and
with less worry about the challenges to be encountered.
Clarity, confidence, and movement are correlated.
What’s helpful about understanding this correlation is that
it lets you know what you need when you’re stuck. If you’re
feeling unmotivated, for example, you might need to check
your commitment level. Do your goals align with what matters
most? Are the next few steps clear?
Making a commitment to the desired
yields clarity about what’s most important.
Clarity points to specific actions.
Actions produce forward movement.
And deciding to enjoy today
increases your ability to enjoy the future,
to move forward with incredible power and grace,
like a wild horse running on the beach,
an accomplished skier rounding the slopes,
or a dancer fluidly reaching across the stage.
Where Are You Now?
Life is constant change, constant movement.
At any given time, observe where you are in this natural
cycle and support yourself with these questions:
- Defining Moment: What is it now time
for? What is the standard I am raising?
- Gaining Clarity: What are the
specifics? What is the path to pursue?
- Enjoying Now: What is good right now?
How do I choose to spend my time?
- Moving Forward: How is the strategy
working? What keeps me motivated?
- Operating in a Powerfully Graceful Way:
What helps me balance the energy of making it happen and
allowing it to happen?
This Week’s Call To Action:
- Get comfortable with the fact that you are always
- Is there a particular stage that applies to you now? Use
the questions above.
- Make the connection between clarity and confidence.
“It takes a lot of courage to
release the familiar and seemingly secure,
to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is
longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous
for in movement there is life, and in change there is
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