Two Roads

Louise Orders Motivation

Two Roads

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

and this:

If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.

– Henry David Thoreau

Not What, but WHY?

Louise Orders Motivation

A client for whom I have huge love and admiration is in deep.  To say she has a lot going on doesn’t do it justice.

She was suffering when I saw her last week. Overloaded. Over-committed. Tired. Maybe a little confused.  As in: this seemed like a good idea at the time…now what do I do?

Another lovely client:  seems I see her at the gym every day.  Over the last year she has persistently and patiently transformed herself. Yoga. TRX.  Bike.  Elliptical. Every time I see her she has a great smile on her face.  She’s 66. Strong. Vibrant.

I know why she’s there doing what she’s doing because I asked her. Her reply was about feeling great.  Having tons of energy.  And loving it.

Much of the What we do seems like a good idea, at the moment. And being as we are and wanting to feel good RIGHT NOW, we tend to jump at seemingly good ideas without going deeper.

The Bottom of the Play List

Louise Orders Motivation

Ever been stuck in a rut?

Doing the same things day after day, after day.  Thinking the same thoughts.  Going through the motions.

You feel kinda tired.  Blah.  Unmotivated.  Bored.  Frustrated. Restless. Tense. All kinds of words under the heading of Unhappy.

And to kick ourselves while we’re down (and what’s up with this, right?) we start thinking we have to change everything in order to feel better.  And it will take so loooong.  And be so haaaard.

So I found myself in such a place recently.  One of these ruts.

It’s about the journey

Louise Orders Motivation

…not the destination.

Sounds cliche, I know.

But here’s the deal: it’s true.

I believe it because I’ve learned to live my life this way.

And I watch my clients live it. I watch them move from believing their happy is superglued to their goal, to understanding that there is so much living to be done along the way.  Everyday.

A client recently reached a goal she had been struggling with for a very long time.  A weight goal. It was a very exciting moment for her. She emailed me right away to share her accomplishment. (I’m honored.)

I asked her to make a list of everything that was different about her life now.  Now that she had arrived. Now that the scale showed this new number.

She has graciously allowed me to share her list: