What moves you
Instead of New Year’s resolutions, think: “what moves me” ?
The German Choreographer Pina Bausch once said “I’m not so much interested in how a dancer moves, but in what moves them”. This sentence inspired me to paint this portrait of a dancer, many years ago. And it has inspired me since to seek being present to my feelings, my values and intuition, to act according to what I believe is the right thing to do rather than what might look good, and to act and speak truthfully– as best I can.
I don’t always get it right, and sometimes when I do get it right, somepeople don’t like it. It is therefore not always a recipe for sure success –not in all places and at all times. But it is a recipe for growing beyondwhat I thought I could do. It sometimes has been a recipe for inspiringothers … because they saw that I was coming from a place of truth andsincerity rather than going through the motions or seeking myadvantage, or because they connected with the underlying values ofwhat I was proposing. And it has definitely helped me to increasinglylive in alignment with my values and my capabilities, which is afoundation for both feeling at peace with myself and for creating impact.
So, to start this New Year 2021, instead of grand New Year’s Resolutions, I’m asking myself
“What Moves Me?”
This will be the basis for how I want to be, how I want to act, and theimpact I want to create in 2021. My answer to this question is: whatmoves me most right now is the gap that I see between potentiall and reality, and the desire to overcome this gap – to realize what is possible: for myself, for my clients, and for the organizational systems I work with. To understand the potential – including the underlying values, capabilities, existing mission. To identify, embrace and strengthen what’s there, and to remove the inner and outer obstacles towards realizing this full potential.
What Moves You?
What moves you most right now, at the start of this New Year ? Maybe you know it already – then make it your foundation and driving forcefor the coming 12 months. It will give you your North Star, and helpyou be more strategic in your choices, and focus your energy. Maybe you ask the question and find the answer immediately. If you don’t, try one of these:
– Take yourself for a walk – alone, in nature or any other place where you can follow your thoughts. Maybe take a pen and paper or your phone with you to take notes. Start the walk with this question in mind, and let your thoughts flow…see what comes up.
– Journal about the question: take your journaling book, or simplysome paper, and write down whatever comes to your mind in responseto the question. Write for at least 10 minutes, keep writing, don’t putthe pen down, without censoring your thoughts. Afterwards, read whatyou’ve written, and see what answers emerge.
Have a happy and thriving New Year 2021 !