Unlock Your True Motivation
This morning, while finally cleaning up my dated LinkedIn account, I got a message from one of my peers in learning and development. She said “So, how are you doing?” This is not a question I have a good answer for. I’m blessed in all ways except for the fact that there’s a deadly virus outside somewhere. The other thing that I hear is “You must be having a hard time; you are such a people person.” I also don’t know what to say to that.
Psychology Today has an interesting article about what is happening to all of us titled “How Not to Self-Sabotage During the Pandemic”. Humans are okay with short bursts of challenge but are not designed to be in the condition for months. When we aren’t able to reset, we’re stuck and there’s nothing we can do. The Reptilian brain tries to help, shutting down most of your thought processes and providing escape routes (fight, flight, freeze). This makes us even more cognitively exhausted and emotionally run down. The Reptilian brain doesn’t want you to do meaningful work, which would help us with managing our stress. Have you noticed that you can’t focus?
Here are a few of the points they made about our mental and physical reality:
- You may feel your life is on pause, with no control over what happens next and when.
- You experience a mixture of intense motions, both positive and negative.
- You may lash out at closest family, friends and strangers more frequently.
- You may disappear as much as possible.
I’m going to share a couple of my thoughts, and I’d love to hear from you as well. I’ll share the summary results in the September newsletter. Wait… how can it be September!? And I’m so glad it’s September!