“Motivation doesn’t create action, action creates motivation.”
– Phuong H. Nguyen
What a sensational day it has been! I am excited to be alive and grateful that you could stop by for a quick read.
Today, I met some outstanding people at Beans – my favorite coffee house!
I must admit, I was overhearing their conversation and I bursted into laughter at a witty remark made.
Suddenly, we all began laughing and I introduced myself by asking what their names were first.
They were a cozy couple – the man was named Chris and the woman was named Gina. I could feel their warm souls and positive energy; for a little more than an hour, we shared our life experiences briefly while they sipped wine and I sipped my iced coffee.
As the conversation became deeper, I began taking copious notes as they brought more perspective to my vision. We were able to achieve that depth because:
I built rapport quickly, laughing with them, modeling their body language, and listening to listen rather than listening to reply. These communication skills have served me so well in the past few months and I truly believe, YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
They reminded me of how powerful philanthropy was and that I did not have to travel the world or do something grand to help someone in need – I could search in my own city, in fact in my own community to start making a significant positive impact.
Of course, they asked about my age. I truthfully told them I was 21 (and will be 22 in 9 days) and they were astounded! They both agreed I had plenty of room to grow and ample opportunity to give my time, money, and energy to worthwhile causes.
The conversation mostly revolved around this life-contemplating question:
What are you passionate about?
I struggled to give a definite answer although I obviously brought up money. And then Gina reminded me of something profound.
She said with a genuine glimmer in her eyes that I could feel in my heart: money is just an instrument to help and serve others and it is not the end goal.
I really resonated with this encounter and walked away with a bucket full of wisdom. Perhaps the greatest piece of knowledge I took away from this conversation was that ACTION is necessary – even if its not the perfect action because it can be corrected along course.
In conclusion, action is the key to getting the results you desire from life!
Figuratively, I find myself shivering at how grace can arrange new chances for me to meet others who may share a message or experience with me that has the ability to change my perspective and course of action.
Life is full of possibilities and I want to politely remind you to laugh and enjoy it. Remain open minded to opportunities which may present themselves in unique and unexpected ways!
We must be ready to act! From this action we will gather motivation and momentum to continue along course or discover something else we are truly passionate about. I hope you can take something from this post – have a wonderful day!
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