Do you do what you love?

I can talk about intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation (doing what you do for a its own sake or for the reward of doing it); I can talk about the different theories of motivation (an instinct for work, an imbalance without work, an excitement for work, or an incentive for work); but I would much rather talk about the natural transitions to doing what you love.

As newborn, we spend most of our time sleeping. Actually, we are dreaming a lot too. When we are dreaming, our brain is almost as active as when we are awake, but our body is relaxed: we are processing information without judgments and without categories. As toddlers, we spend most of our time playing: the world is our playground! Every object and every individual is a potential toy or playmate. Then, we are going to school – if we keep the activity of the infant’s dream and the excitement of the toddler’s play – we are learning sponges! Teenagers transfer that energy into becoming the actors and story tellers of their own stories. From learning from the outside in, they are creating themselves from the inside out. Young adulthood is our peak: cognitive, physical, social, and moral: ideally, we fully engage what we know, what we can, what we are, to decide our future…

Look back. Can you tap into your creativity like an infant can dream: without judgments and categories? Can you be at work and feel that it is your playground and lose track of time? Are you learning from, engaged in, and sharing with your environment? Is what you do defining who you are from the inside out and not just because of the expectations and the rewards inherent to your job? Finally, are you feeling that your best is involved in your work, that you are expressing the best of your cognitive, physical, social, and moral potentials? The more “yes” to the questions, the closer you are to have your dream job, where you don’t work, but where you play; where learning and being are part of finding creative solutions every day. Congratulations!

Christine Leclerc-Sherling

Psychology and Public Speaking Instructor

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“Life is Brutiful” …

“Life is Brutiful” …

… Says Glennon Doyle Melton. Her forceful and vulnerable TEDTalk reveals the inevitable impasse encountered when trying to fix sensitivity rather than embracing it. She addresses issues such as eating disorders and addictions. She describes them as a way to “wear the truth on the outside” while numbing feelings on the inside and pretending being “fine” on appearance. Her answer is neither to change society nor to change individuals, but to accept the messiness of our human condition within our hectic society, as imperfect as we are. It is more courageous for Clark Kent to “show up” in public than for Superman to save lives… think about it for a minute.

Accepting the truth of our sensitivity and of our vulnerability; genuinely sharing our story; and showing up every day is brutal and beautiful or “brutiful” as Melton calls it. It is hard enough without having to add the shame of hiding, the guilt of disappointing, and the isolation of lying. In telling the truth rather than wearing it as a disorder, Melton frees her audience from having to be dressed in superheroes capes and allows us to stop wrestling between who we are and who we think others want us to be.

Watch Glennon Doyle Melton’s Ted Talk on YouTube:

Christine Leclerc-Sherling
Psychology and Public Speaking Instructor

An Introduction

“Speakologist” is a blog about how to respect and share your unique message and how to take care of your unique personality. My name is Christine Leclerc-Sherling and I am the Psychology and Public Speaking instructor at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. I teach face-to-face, online, and on base (MAFB) classes. I am also one of the Student Veterans of America advisors and an officer for our Toastmasters club on campus. You guessed it: I love what I do and I am fortunate to do what I love. I don’t work: I play. Every day, I have the privilege to share with my students, information that I find groundbreaking, vital, and fascinating. I have to wonder… what if you are not in my class. Should you not have access to that information somewhere? And what if you took those classes in the past, but you want to hear more about it, stay connected with the material, or just want to find a good source of information for mental and communication health? So here is the place. Welcome.

I often update information in my online classes or share new videos with my face-to-face classes. When I find material that is just too good to keep for myself, I will post it here, and frame it in a way that you will understand why I find that information relevant. To me, everything is about peace: mental health is about peace, successful communication is about peace, happiness is about peace… I believe in a positive (as in “active” or “something added”) definition of peace. I believe that peace is more than the absence of war or violence. Peace is also more than the opposite of violence. You can promote and build peace at the same time you are facing violence – as a matter of fact, it is the best time to do so! Violence and war have direct effects on us. We can measure the anxiety, we can see our mood changing, we can feel our communication becoming more defensive or more aggressive: violence has tangible results on individuals. Why would peace not have tangible results on individuals as well?

In this blog, I will post anything that I believe can lead you to being more resilient and more assertive. I believe that those traits help individuals find, build, and maintain peace. I believe that it creates healthier relationships, more harmonious families, and more constructive communities. I want you to be part of the journey. Let us get started!