When I think about my personal motivations, I feel they fall into two categories. The first category is goals. I want to get somewhere, achieve something, do something. There is a carrot/reward at the end of the road that I want to grab. The other category is feeling. I’m not sure why, but this feels right. I have a feeling I need to pursue this. That is how I feel about improv. About a year and a half ago, I kept seeing improv everywhere. It kept showing up. At the time, I was just starting to step into a more public roll, putting myself in front of other people. I didn’t have to sign up for improv, but I felt like I should. It felt like the right decision. It has been a year and a half since that decision, and I couldn’t be happier. It gives me a creative break from life. To challenge myself to do something different. To be bold with my decisions. To also learn emotions.
When I think about others, that is a challenge. I’m not other people. I’m me. But there has been a time in someone’s life where someone else got them excited about something. I was at a large tech conference in August and was watching some short presentations. There were a few that really stood out to me that got me excited. Someone else did something that motivated me. There was a slight cheat because, I was kind of interested in the topic to begin with. Thinking about what others can do, I feel there is a couple of external motivating factors. I think there is reward and community. With reward, there is money, time off, fame, revenge, etc. I’m not a fan of those types of motivators. While it is nice to be given more money for a reward, more time off, I think there is a fine line. The line between thank you for the gift and greed. If you are given x about of money for completing y, then could y be abused, corners cut, etc. I think that line comes down to the individual person and how they will respond. I think there is a time and place for external rewards, but they shouldn’t become standard. That leaves us with community. You may have heard the phrase, you are a sum of your five closest friends. The people who you surround yourself with have a huge impact, whether that is for good or evil. If the people around you are working towards a goal that is inline with where you want to head, then progress should be naturally made.
Recently, someone brought to my attention something I started letting slip. I have the tendency to take on more than I can actually do. Then things get pushed to the side. At that point, I had a decision. Was it important for me to make adjustments elsewhere in life or to let it go. Without my community their to bring it to my attention, I might have let it go completely. I’m in the process now making some changes and tuning back some of my other projects.
Things I’m currently passionate about:
Creativity - This is a large category for me with lots of smaller sections. I've been very much on the technical side, but trying to develop a more creative side to me. I include improv in this category. I’m also taking a drawing class.
Gym - Currently working with a personal trainer to help me achieve my fitness goals. I’ve worked out for more than a decade, routinely, while still improving over the years, not quite getting to my goals. Sometimes it is good to bring in an expert who knows what he/she is doing, can help correct certain movements, introduce you to new movements, and kick your ass in the process.
Learning Spanish - This is an area I want to improve, but isn't a top priority. Everyday, I complete activities that help me improve my Spanish, but I could spend more time.
Career - My career goal is to become a life coach. To work with others to help them achieve their goals.