In 2017, I walked into a zen-like wellness center in Chelsea, NYC called City Wellness Collective for my first ever acupuncture appointment. I see this woman behind the front desk looking beautiful and oh so familiar. I ask her on a whim “is your name Michelle?” and she says “yes, (pause) is your name Sarah?”
After my appointment, over a chai latte, Michelle explains how she founded and created City Wellness Collective (picture WeWork for wellness practitioners) and left the corporate world a few years ago to become an entrepreneur in the wellness and healing space.
Michelle would later take on the role of my re-found friend, spiritual coach, manifestation master, and hold me accountable for living in integrity with everything and anything I want in my life. As I shared with her thoughts and ideas that were inspiring me lately, I brought up the book Primed to Perform and how I wanted to teach everyone in my organization what I had learned from the book on motivation to help them perform at their best.
So with her encouragement, I began to peel back the onion of my own motivations at work, with the goal of feeling a stronger sense of play, purpose, and potential. What did those words mean to me and what would they look like in action? I made sure not to let the current responsibilities of my role limit my thinking and I didn't let what I would be “allowed to do” in my company constrain my brainstorming processes. Here's what I came up with and named my "2018 Total Motivation (ToMo)" list:
After identifying this list of what I wanted and how I wanted to get there, I took the list to my boss at the time, provided the business reasons for how these actions would benefit our employees, and got the green light to move forwards with the actions related to the company.
I felt empowered that I had identified what I had wanted, shared it, and got the positive encouragement to take action on it. If I’m being completely honest though, I didn’t tell her everything I wanted. I didn’t share my desire to work from anywhere in the world. I had some fears holding me back that I still had to overcome.
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