Financial Health Coach Chris Folland has an interesting perspective on this one.
Over to Chris…
This week I’m pondering another interesting question from Fi – what’s your activation-threshold?
What she’s asking here is, what’s the point that things really take off for you? It might relate to your health, finances, or whatever part of your life you’re working on.
Let me share two analogies to explain.
The first is about building a fire. We heat our house via a wood-burning stove, and it’s my job to light the fire. It starts with the kindling which eventually catches the logs above until it ultimately really takes off and is blazing. At that point, I can close the door, and the fire radiates beautiful heat throughout the house.
The second is about boiling water. Assuming you’re at sea-level (it varies at higher elevations), water boils at 100 degrees Celsius or 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Even if you get 99 C or 211 F, it’s hot but not quite boiling. It’s that extra degree that takes it to fully bubbling.
The reason these metaphors matter is this is what happens in personal development, too. It takes time before our work achieves its potential – like the roaring fire or boiling water. So, if you’re going through a period of frustration, then that’s a good sign. With all that building energy, you’re about to have your breakthrough.
So, keep nurturing it. 1
If I light the fire and close the door, it might yield a nice fire. Although if I monitor the fire and control the level of draft with the air-flow-slider, I’ll likely create a richer fire faster.
If I’m boiling water and step away, the heat might be too low or even too high and scorch the pot. However, if I add a lid and check the temp, I’ll most likely have a better time getting the water to effectively boil.
Similarly, if we want to reach that point in our lives, we can benefit from having someone help us and guide us. Having a mentor allows us to learn from someone who’s been there and done that.
Just reach out and ask someone you can relate to if they might share feedback about what led to their success. You’ll be surprised at how often people want to help others succeed, too. After all – what do you have to lose?
I challenge you to find your activation threshold by finding and working with a leadership coach. If you’re not sure where to start, message me.
Wishing you a fantastic day ahead, and remember to join us for this week’s #AliveWithFi when we dig in further to this valuable concept.
1 A powerful key principle is to persevere: “the difference between successful people versus everyone else is that no matter what is going on around them, successful people always find the motivation and drive to keep going.”
“What Motivates You to Succeed in Life and Keep Moving Forward?”
Life Hack, (2021)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.