It is fascinating that the expression "to swim against the stream" is a metaphor for life choices that go against prevailing opinions. This is considered a challenge that is difficult to achieve. How interesting that we perceive natural phenomena will be difficult.
When we think of salmon swimming upstream Back to their place of birth or thousands of miles of travel birds to migrate, we see them as huge companies. However, I wonder if it is also possible for healthy salmon to choose not to return to the river that is their spawning grounds? A migratory bird healthy might think "hmmm, maybe it will just stay put this winter here in Canada, rather than fly all the way to Mexico"?
It is natural that the salmon swim upstream. Yes, it takes a lot of energy, but this energy is spent in a way that maximizes the fulfillment of life.
As humans, our challenge is to get back in touch with the activities that come to us naturally. When we are in contact with our natural strengths and desires, we settle for a life filled with activities that we exhaust. Many of us have forgotten our innate strengths, we can carry out activities for hours without feeling exhausted. Activities that excite us, and we are naturally well, even if they could be perceived as challenging by others.
How to reconnect with the salmon within you:
1. look back into your life and identify activities that you enjoyed as a child. Go ahead and write down these activities. That could provide important clues to the types of tasks you can excite today.
2. now, think about the work you have done so far in your life. For each work, identify the tasks that are more energized and add them to your list.
3. Then think of personal life, hobby and volunteer activities. What activities energize you? Add them to your list.
4. now, look at your list of insights. What small step will take place today to increase the time to do things that excite you?
The energy that you gain from engaging in these activities will provide the fuel to continue on the path to explore your natural strengths. Soon, you will find yourself eager to swim against the stream, such as salmon.
When you get stuck on your navigation path, request support from a life coach. Often we take our greatest gifts for granted and think that there is nothing special or useful on what is natural for us.
Julia James, CPCC, PCC, m.SC. is multilingual certified life coach, award winning author and international speaker. She helps busy professionals around the world achieve balance in their lives through individual coaching and workshops. Author of the book, solving mini-withdrawal and the series of CD audio, Mini-guided Retreats for persons employed, she provides the tools to effectively manage stress and to relax and recharge quickly. Julia was featured in TV of joy, CBC News, as well as in The Globe & Mail, glow Magazine, magazine Business BC and Vancouver Observer. For more information visit: http://www.juliajames.ca/
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