When you are inspired, you are celebrating what you’ve got. You’re thinking “what a lucky fkr I am.” When you’re inspired you’re not thinking, thinking kills inspiration because it carries with it judgement and doubt and questions.
When I see an ant, I first check to see if I’m sitting on an ant’s nest and when I know I’m not, I get inspired by the shear amazing beauty of an ant. That makes me pretty special because it doesn’t take much to inspire me. I’m feeling inspired whether I’m on the bus, on the toilet or in the office. I’m blessed to feel lucky most of my life because things aren’t always easy and I learnt pretty early in life to count my blessings.
Some people I meet are not very inspired. They take life for granted. They are always wishing for what they haven’t got. That’s a bad habit. If we are always wishing for what we haven’t got, we become sad, depressed and miserable because we’re out of balance mentally. Mental imbalance can really fuck us up.
I help people become inspired by helping them count their blessings. One such situation is when someone doesn’t like their job. I say “don’t leave it till you love it” and that’s a great coaching standard for me to uphold. If you leave something and don’t love it, it will impact you for the entirety of you life. It will follow you like a shadow. Plus, what you judge in the last job, you breed in your children, attract in a partner (or boss) or become in the next job. Nature teaches you to love it eventually.
To love something is to be inspired by it. That means you appreciate it. You don’t have to stay with it or be permanently glued to it. By loving something you’re inspired, just celebrating the present moment. As soon as you think, you’re not inspired anymore.
So, thinking is important too. Thinking gives you plans for the future and memories of the past. But you can also become inspired by the future too if you write your visions of the future in the present tense. But that’s vision balancing and we’ll cover that topic another day.
Finding Inspiration – Means finding Balance.
You already know the importance of finding balance in life. But did you know that an inspired person is balanced in all seven areas of life. Not just one.
And balance itself isn’t static. You evolve at the border of chaos and order. So, imbalance is as important as balance.
To be Inspired at work you’ll need to adjust your balance daily.
Simply getting better at your job, changing the company culture, you must go out of balance. That is the definition of growth, moving between chaos and order. (challenge and support)
The question is how are you going to stay balance and rebalance yourself in all seven areas of life?
You know that if you don’t deliberately evolve, challenge yourself, nature does it for you.
Walk with Me shares two things:
- What it feels like to be inspired by balancing all seven areas of life.
- Teach you a DIY process for rebalancing yourself in all areas of life.
You and your team staying balanced – Not rhetoric – a process.
The whole idea is to give people tools to keep their lives on track and get the best out of life.
I believe that people get off track, lose their sense of purpose, feel unfulfilled or depressed because their life is somehow out of balance.
Back in 1920 CJ Coffmann wrote about the phases of life change which was heralded as a breakthrough in understanding human behaviour at the time and has since become the foundation of in clinical psychology. I’ve taken this thinking and reinterpreted it for the modern day and based on my 35-years of guiding people and businesses. I’ve evolved these elements and connected them back to heart and soul.
The Daily Rituals of the Walk with Me Daily DIY Balancing Process are:
- Emotional Clearing and Balancing (clear up emotional disturbances)
- Physical Health and wellness – (changing the body metrix)
- Change Appearances – (Upgrade environment to reflect new perspectives)
- Reconfirm Mind Values (Where to focus ongoing self development)
- New Vision and Purpose (Create new incentives, direction and clarity for the future)
- Personal Presence (shake off the old self talk bring in the new)
- Action – (Embed new daily action, process for being back on track)
It starts with an honest daily early morning self assessment that goes like this:
If I asked you to score yourself on a 1 – 10 against each of thee elements (where 10 is blissfully happy and content and 1 is suicidally depressed) how would this look?
So your ‘VIP’ score would be the total of all the individual area scores? Interesting. You simply ask yourself “Am I happy with that?
If the answer is yes, which is usually a score above 50 then, it’s the Daily DIY Walk With Me routine as usual.
If it’s below 50 then there maybe a little more effort needed.
The normal reaction for people in a funk is to focus solely on one or two of the aspects they think are causing the imbalance and subsequent problems. For example, if you are down in health, you might turn to yoga. Down in spiritual, you might read Deepak Chopra. In relationship you might start meditating ……….. and so on.
But overspecialisation leads to extinction.
The knee jerk fire fighting methodology of cherry picking solutions to solve imbalances has given birth to whole industries and it just doesn’t work, overspecialisation leads to extinction. The problem with this reactive methodology that is the norm in most people’s lives is that as one aspect grows, another shrinks. You’re unfulfilled at work so you decide to drive harder but as a result, your family and love-life suffers. Or if your finances are struggling you might start worrying about money and ignore your health. Or your family life (relationships) suffer so you put more time in at home and your work performance suffers. Your overall score of x,y,z doesn’t change, it simply changes shape. Old problems may go away, new ones appear. Have you seen this happen to anyone you know?
WALK WITH ME COACHING has two basic goals;
Firstly, to help people turn up 110% balanced in all of the seven areas of life… (a balanced person is balanced in all areas of life.
Second, to increase your overall DIY skill so you can rebalance imbalance daily (growth causes imbalance)
I’m applying this approach to companies and for individuals who want to turn up in business and life, balanced and inspired.
Depression, divorce, financial breakdown, emotional trauma, mental health problems and illness are all long term consequences of being out of balance for too long. These can all be resolved with the Walk with Me Performance coaching sessions over 4 weeks.
Walk with Me is both a preventative and a maintenance coaching and retreat program. Once you’re on track, the DIY helps you Stay On Track… The daily power hour.
The unique feature of Walk With Me Performance Coaching is that you not only get back on track in a sustainable healthy way but you learn a process for staying there, and rebalancing growth generated chaos.
To learn the Walk With Me – Power Hour takes 30 days, the 30 Day Challenge or 2 days in Retreat.
During the 30 day challenge you’ll do 30 minutes a day of learning the skills of the power hour. Each skill is taught and applied and then, slotted into your daily routine. You eventually have an hour, between wake and sleep for mind, body, environmental, values, vision, self coaching. This becomes your daily ritual.
In the daily ritual of the Walker Power Hour you’ll be doing the following:
Yoga, meditation, tai chi, qigong, martial arts, gratitude, letting go, zen, biophilia, manifestation, visualisation, improvisation, inspiration, transformation, relaxation, investigation, masturbation (not really), self-realisation, deliberation, concentration, elimination, elevation and more.
You will arrive at your perfect energy, maintain health, stay one step ahead of stress, come home energised from work, empower yourself and others, not get in a funk, feel engaged, have resilience, have a birds eye view of the world and be a trustworthy leader. You’ll overcome darkness, feel enlightened, and be a better partner and parent.
The Walker Power Hour also focusses you on contentment, satisfaction and calm while also liberating your vision, dreams and inspirations about the future. You’ll create a world changing sense of purpose and sustain it. You’ll ultimately deal with frustrations in seconds instead of hours.
This is what you achieve with a 30 day learning investment, fully coached.
Interested? Call Chris for a preliminary consultation for yourself or your entire firm.
Chris Walker speaks nature’s voice. A blend of Compassion and Truth, a recognition of the challenge with a clear mantra about the solution. Nature’s Voice.
By nature, we mean the natural world and the nested ecosystems within it. This is the “non-built” world of water, air, earth, vegetation, and animals. Humans are part of nature and interact constantly with it in many ways—on the molecular and the larger systems level.
This interaction is deeply beneficial to humans, especially with the growing prevalence of depression caused by “nature deprivation,” which is largely due to increasing time spent in front of televisions and computers. Apart from meeting some of our most basic needs, nature relaxes and refreshes us.
- Enhances positivity
- Reduces anger and fear
- Lessens pain
- Promotes connection
- Provides our basic needs
Humans find nature deeply healing. And in turn, to reap maximum benefit, we need to work to heal nature. Check out the Nature Deprived Questions Below. And see where you can maximize the benefit of nature, by exercising or spending time with friends outdoors.
- I spend time outdoors in natural settings (with trees, shrubs, natural grasses, water, etc).
- I exercise outside.
- I limit my “screen” time. For example: time in front of a computer or a TV
- I have elements of nature in my home and work. For example: plants, natural light, nature sounds.
- I have animals in my life. For example: pets or wild animals I enjoy observing
- If I can’t go outside, I find pictures, videos, or sounds of nature to help me when I am feeling stressed or depressed.
- I try to protect nature by working to reduce my consumption and live sustainably.
Nature reduces our anger, fear, and depression and increases our positive mood and psychological wellbeing. This not only increases our happiness, it makes us feel better physically.
Time in nature also brings us out of ourselves and our narrow concerns and connects us to a larger world where we find beauty and interest. Thus the environment is connected not only to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health, but to purpose and community.
So it is clear that it is important to get outside! If you can get to the country, or a lake, that’s wonderful. But even if you live in an urban area, spend time in your yard or find a park or a greenspace with trees and bushes. Go outside on your lunch hour if you can to get a “breath of fresh air” and give your mind a break. You should find more energy for your afternoon mental tasks.
“Green” your exercise
We all know the long list of physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise. Exercise improves attention in the young and cognitive functioning in the old. It reduces stress and acts as an antidepressant. And of course, exercise is key if we would to avoid gaining weight, especially as we grow older. But much as we know all these benefits, we can’t always motivate ourselves to exercise regularly.
This is where nature can help. An appealing place to walk or bike can get us off our seats and moving. And once we start, the beauty of natural surroundings keeps us motivated to continue. Studies show that exercising outdoors decreases perceptions of fatigue.
Moreover, exercising outdoors reduces stress and enhances mood even more than exercise indoors. In a study published in Mind, one group of participants walked in an area with woods, grasslands, and lakes, and the other in a shopping mall. The outdoors group had less depression, anger, tension, and overall better mood than the indoor group. A series of studies in Japan showed that walking in forests, as opposed to urban environments, lowered blood pressure and stress hormones well beyond the time of the walk.
So find somewhere with trees, bushes, wild grasses or flowers, water, and other such natural elements and go for a walk or run or bike. Gardening is another wonderful way to be active outside.
Watch your screen time
According to the Bureau of Labor in June 2012, the average American spends 2.8 hours a day watching television, and that is probably a conservative estimate. In addition, some age groups spend significant amounts of time playing games or using computers for leisure. In all, it means that a lot of our leisure time is spent sitting indoors in front of a screen.
And the risks associated with screen time are not insignificant, including insomnia, depression, and isolation, and increased mortality.
So consider how much time you spend each time in front of a screen (TV or computer). Could you reduce that time to go outside? You can get even more benefit if you do so with a friend!
Bring Nature Indoors
There are lots of ways to bring small doses of nature into your home to influence your mood, performance, and health.
Get some plants
Bring a bit of nature into your home and work. Plants reduce stress and anxiety and increase attention. In addition, plants can reduce the amount of airborne pollutants. Research done by Bill Wolverton at NASA in the 1970s and 80s demonstrated the air-cleaning powers of plants in the Skylab, biospheres, and homes. So add a few plants to your décor.