Hello friend, how is your day going? It's another beautiful and lovely Tuesday here; cold for a springtime morning in Atlanta, but the forecast is for a warm rest of the day, so I'm excited.
You know as leaders we are constantly on the move – working, making decisions, planning, supporting, giving … and working again. It can be an unending grind. A leader does not live in a cocoon, he/she is constantly putting out life energy – physically and mentally. It is hence important to find ways to maintain motivation and keep a clear mind. This is necessary if we are going to operate from a good place that is not tainted by negative emotions and normal frustrations that I am sure you agree, we all are naturally prone to.
One way to invigorate the mind is by feeding it with images that "light you up"… and fire up your imagination.
We react to various types of images differently … some of us are more inspired by photos of delicious food, others of beautiful living spaces, and various forms of nature – hills, mountains, seas, streams, skies, trees, birds, animals, people, etc. What are you most drawn to? Personally, I love looking at photos of beautiful flowers especially flowering fields, I also love bold swaps of color on anything – art, clothing, walls, you name it.
Recently, I came across a piece of writing by Millie Smith, an Educational Consultant in Austin, Texas on the role and benefits of visual stimulation in children, which I found to be very interesting:
"The very best learning takes place when these two things happen together — when a sensory event is taken in, and muscles are used in response to it. This tends to happen in two phases. For example, a baby sees something it likes, maybe the glasses on your face. She gazes at the glasses. This is the passive phase. Then, she is likely to try to grab these miraculous light-reflecting glasses. If she can get them in her mouth to explore them, she will. This is the active phase. Together they make up a sensory-motor experience. The result is high quality learning. Our knowledge of our world is made up of the accumulation, interpretation, and organization of thousands of these kinds of experiences. If there is a sufficient ground of experience at this level, the child can begin to know that objects continue to exist when they are not immediately part of the sensory-motor experience. This is called object permanence. Now the child is beginning to be what Piaget called a preoperational thinker. This kind of thinking opens up the world of symbols, imitation, and imagining"
This reflects our unconscious reaction as adults when we look at images we like – they create an experience that keeps us motivated. It also points to the power of invigorating visuals for success.
Keeping one's mind fresh and stimulated is a practical and intentional exercise a leader should engage in frequently. The good news is, you don't even have to look very far. In this time and age, engaging images are everywhere – illustrated books, magazines, and especially online.
Today's note is just a reminder that visual stimulation is one of the ways in which a leader self-motivates. On the other hand, we should carefully avoid images that may demotivate or cast a down shadow on one's day. Choosing what you are exposed to is hence key to being productive on a daily basis.
I hope you enjoyed reading.
Cheers to your Success!