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To nourish – is to flourish

To nourish – is to flourish

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Guest post by Max Fraser at of REAL – Power of One (www.realpowerofone.com)

While on a journey East (from West London), to The Troxy last week, a colourful billboard
caught my attention. It said: To nourish – is to flourish. As this advert was attached to a
building site, I initially took it in the context of the flourishing community that this building
would soon be proud to house. As I hovered at the traffic lights staring back at the
billboard, the message landed in the most resonant way. Light bulb moment – I had my
next instagram slogan sussed. Since then, the notions ignited by that initial phrase have
travelled various corridors of exploration and it now forms the basis of September’s blog.

If you like something, you will be good at it – If you are good at something, you will like it. I
have paused previously to deliberate on which way round that cause and effect statement
should be, but I think you’ll agree – it doesn’t matter. And there it is; in all its simplicity. Find
something you like and never look back, as everything else will fall into place.

If only it was that simple. How lucky are those people who are doing what they love! How
did they know that was what they wanted to do and how on earth am I supposed to know
what I want to do, were the questions I and so many face when growing up. Faced with
not enough options, too many options, the pressure to comply (with peers or parents),
wanting to follow in someone’s footsteps and simply to make ends meet are all very real
drivers towards an unfulfilling journey. But as much as it’s good to have and end to journey
towards, it is always the journey that counts. And in order to have a fulfilling journey, to find
what we love, we have to engage, take a risk and explore before we can land on a place
that reciprocates our gifts. To anyone yet to ignite their passions, it can happen at any turn.
Just keep saying yes to things that feed you, however small or obscure.

When you follow what you love doing, you will find reciprocated passions. It is this
feedback that lands us where we need to be. There’s no longer a need to ‘fit in’, we’ve
found ourselves. A peak experience exists that is universal to the human condition. This
experience is underpinned by a feeling of oneness with an activity, a loss of self-
consciousness, and deep joy in the process.

Motivation is now intrinsic; we turn up early, we practise after class, we begin a pursuit of
constant improvement for the love of our game or vocation. We realise how much more
there is to learn, which is humbling. We become better students and we want to include
anyone whose inclination is to pursue the same journey.

It’s important to recognise that what we love can co-exist with a career. What we love to do
doesn’t always have to feed us financially. What we love to do can be a perfect counter-
balance of meaning and purpose vs our day-job, so-to-speak.

When imbued with meaning and purpose, our self-worth and self-efficacity are high. We
have every confidence in what we are doing and any hurdle is a challenge we are happy
to accept. Life never runs smooth for long.

Motivation comes from activation. While many of us have sat, perhaps in despair, doing
our best to illicit the motivation required to ‘finish the job’, there is no better way to do it
than by doing, even if that means progress is slow. Progress breeds progress, which is
where confidence comes from. Once you’re moving, then it’s easier to keep moving.
Getting to the gym is the hardest part.

Doing what you love will sustain your resolve from setbacks, becoming vain or bitter. Keep
your interests alive and don’t neglect your talents, they are a real possession in the
changing fortunes of time.

Do what you love, love what you do and pass it on.

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