Motivation. It’s great when you have it, it’s hard work when you don’t have it.
Today I’m with Mike E Kennedy, director of a new business called “The Motivation Clinic”. He’s just written a book about it and I’m trying to find out what his take on motivation is and what we can get from being around the Motivation Clinic.
So how do you feel about your new work – The Motivation Clinic Mike?
It’s been a real revelation to me writing this book – it started out as a question about what it is that I do. What do I really offer?
For many years now people have seen me as a “Motivational” speaker and trainer. This title has never fit comfortably with me. I’ve always believed that no-one can motivate anyone –that motivation actually comes from the individual motivating themselves.
I’ve constantly said: “I’m not a motivator – you’re motivating yourself!” I’ve seen myself more as a catalyst and an observer of people who discover their own motivation and then head off in hot pursuit of amazing and meaningful adventures.
So I’ve spent the last 12 years in a form of retreat – coaching and training coaches to help people find their own unique courage, creativity and confidence and to encourage them to create great big inspiring and audacious goals and then go out there and make it happen. I’ve been witness to hundreds of people stepping out and doing amazing stuff.
Finally, from seeing my clients examples and engaging myself in two questions: “What do I really do?” and “What do I really, really want?”, I’ve found my own courage, creativity and confidence to be the amazing writer, speaker and trainer that I am – to be my own best version of me out there in the world.
When I think of greatness…when I think of the people who stepped out and became great in everything they did and said every day in every way; it’s like they made a decision at a critical point of time; to be the person that they became. They lived into the best possible version of themselves that they could have imagined. Phew! Now that’s a source of motivation!
Anyhow, even though I’m proud of everything I’ve done before, this work in the motivation Clinic is the beginning of my best work. I’m now stronger, more confident in who I am and what I deliver and I’m willing to step out and speak my truth whatever the situation.
So what is next for you Mike? What are you going to do?
I’m going to focus on providing the possibility of personal motivation to as many people as I can in the world. I’m going to be the catalyst for personal motivation, clarity and courage for the world.
I’m developing low cost entry versions of my workshops and seminars and mentoring programs. I want this message to be available to everyone.
I’m going to remind people how amazing they are, how capable they are and how the answers to their questions are inside of them. I’m going to show them ways to access those answers.
I’m going to be creative. I’m going to write blogs, books, create videos and work toward supporting people who want to own their choices and be the best version of themselves they can imagine.
What are you currently writing?
I’m writing a book called “Release Your Human Hand Brake!”. It’s all about an internal conflict I’ve observed in most people. This conflict inside of us, stops us moving toward what we want in a smooth and integrated manner.
Its like inside of us, we are running an internal three-legged race – remember how when you have your leg tied to someone else’s leg, even if you know them really well, how jerky and uncoordinated you are until you somehow work it out? When that happens, you can just about sprint as fast as you can on your own. The two of you had to work out your differences and commit to a common direction and goal.
That’s what this book is all about. Sorting out the different agendas you have within you and committing to a common direction and goal, moving forward.
In fact, the process of writing this book has deepened my own sense of integration and direction. It’s amazing how it works.
So what is your message to people about their personal motivation?
Feeling jaded, unmotivated, overwhemed, listless, un-enthused, un-inspired by anything or just plain bored with what you are doing, is really a high state of mind! It means that you are no longer motivated with what you are doing. It means you are ready to discover what uniquely motivates you in your life and are ready to unleash yourself.
What you are currently feeling is the calm before the revelation of who you really are, what you really stand for and where you are really going. When that happens, you’ll take off like a rocket!
What do you and The Motivation Clinic have to offer people who want to find their own motivation?
You’ll find conversations, processes, concepts and learning experiences that will enable you discover, clarify and put into action what really motivates you.
You’ll find a community of motivated people for you to be part of.
You’ll find ideas, inspiration and information to sustain and grow your motivation.
You’ll be given permission to go for what you really, really want and what’s important for you.
Thank you Mike