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There are three colours of motivation. Which one is motivating you this winter?


First, there is Green motivation. Green motivation is very strong – perhaps the strongest of all. If it were a sound it would be a big deep bass note – vibrating and resonating in the very core of us. As a colour it refreshes us – it makes us comfortable. We like to wear green. And when we see it outside, we hardly notice it because it is part of the texture of life itself.


What did your mother say when you were young? Eat your greens. Yes, the green energy comes directly from the sun, and this is woven into our being. It is the energy of relationships – feeling secure with someone else, belonging and friendship, and getting recognition for simply being us.


Green motivation is a real therapy. Is that what you feel like this winter?


The second colour of motivation is Red. Red motivation is not so much strong as dynamic – it glows with its own intensity. You notice Red; you cannot help it. In times past, Red has always been the martial colour: the God of War, Ares/Mars, is Red. The note here is a loud middle note – we cannot help but clearly hear it. It is a clear note struck in our working day.


It is the colour of stimulation and achievement. As we start the New Year, have you made those resolutions of achievement? They’re Red motivators. You want power and control - you want money and things - you want expertise and mastery? You want Red – wear that Red badge. Make 2010 the year you achieved your dreams – all fuelled by the Red motivator.


Finally, there is Blue motivation: cool Blue. If Green is strong, and Red is dynamic, then Blue is heroic. The note is high – ethereal – sometimes even difficult to hear, but when heard so sweet and inspiring.


Blue is not about achievement but more aspiration. We want heaven – the blue sky above us is where humans belong. When the Blue motivators are in us we are seeking to realise all we can be – we want creativity – we want freedom – we want meaning. At our heart the Blue motivator demands growth. And strangely, here there is a paradox: as we get seriously Blue motivated we find that the changes we want only lead us into the eternal now, which never changes.


So what do you choose for the next few months? What motivators are obsessing you? How will you feed them?


And I know what you are thinking – and you are right! You are thinking – ha! Got you James – there’s a fourth motivator, isn’t there? That’s right, what if I want a bit of all three colours?


Of course. Let’s call that the Rainbow motivation!




Hello everyone – and happy New Year. What challenges lie ahead, and how are we going to cope with them?


As I write this my garden – here in the South of England – is coated white. In the twenty years I have lived in Bournemouth I have never seen so much snow and ice. I had begun to believe that Bournemouth has a different climate to the rest of the country. Alas, I have now been proved profoundly wrong.


When I ask how are we going to cope I am of course looking at the bigger picture; but the immediate one is stark enough: today and tomorrow work is postponed as

transportation is now fallible and failing. Either I can’t get to my clients, or they have shut down and all gone home to prevent to being stuck overnight. If this persists long enough we will all be in a right pickle.


So what is the problem – ice and snow: put another way, frozen water! The very stuff of life itself is blocking us. And isn’t that a metaphor for the other problems of the year, and our life?


The solution is transformation: the energy that turns ice into water, and blockages into flow.


As coaches and consultants we all have blockages in our life: how are we going to create flow? Flow at three levels: physical flow, mental/intellectual flow, and finally spiritual flow? Some of us are blocked in all three areas, and we need to identify the root cause that would enable us to unleash the flow in one that unpacks the constriction in the other two.


Over and above ourselves, we need to be sensitive to the blockages that our clients are experiencing: how do we create flow for them? What are their blockages? If we think of organisations then the ‘physical’ might be a resource issue; the mental could be a really competitive idea for the market place; and a spiritual blockage may well prove to be about values and ethos.


Motivational Maps, as many of you know, has a special thing about the number 3 and its multiples, especially 3 times 3, or 9. I often like to say, 3 is a magic number and underpins the universe. So, if ice needs to be transformed to water to enable flow, then where is the 3 in that?


Well, sometimes it’s not enough to melt ice, we need the third manifestation of H2O: we need the white hot steam of innovation. The ground is boiling and up goes the steam – eventually to return as life-giving and flowing water through our land and landscape. To do this we need massive energy – and then we can work on the true transformation that makes a difference.


So my winter motivation to you all is – work on your energy over the next few months – get a plan. And remember, motivation is energy – know yourself to fully be yourself.


And all the best to all my readers – thank you.