Real Women, Real Lives
Who inspires you? Who do you use as your motivator to get things done or to make valuable changes to your life?
There are thousands of women who stimulate our need for greatness. They appear on our television and movie screens, we listen to them on the radio, or we read their encouraging stories in articles or books. It’s easy to put a celebrity on a pedestal and desire their lifestyle, skillset and strength of character, but we don’t need to turn to the glossy magazines, or the big screen, to find inspirational women who can motivate us to succeed. They live next door, work alongside us, and talk to us at the supermarket.
The Real Women, Real Lives feature highlights the incredible individuals who have succeeded on their chosen path, or turned misfortune into positivity. Ladies who have conquered illness or gone above and beyond to help others, and made a difference. Women who have stepped out of their comfort zone and launched a business, or ventures that have an impact on their environment, or community.
These remarkable women are your friend, co-worker and neighbour and I’m delighted to be able to share their stories with you.
Today, I am delighted to invite Joëlle Marti to share her story.
Tell us a little about you and your story.
I’m Joëlle, and I’m a Swiss-American living in Berlin, Germany. My story has included a whole lot of time spent sitting behind various desks in the corporate world, and – more recently – some creative pursuits like writing my first book, certifying as a yoga teacher, and starting a YouTube channel.
What’s your biggest dream in life?
If I’m honest, my biggest dream in life is to pick one dream and actually see it through! I tend to have so many different ideas and interests that I struggle to see many of them through to the finish line. It would be wonderful to simply stay focused on one thing and get really comfortable and good at it.
If you chose a power word for this year what would it be and why?
This may sound silly, but my 2018 power word is LÄCHELN, which means “to smile” in German! This choice has a double meaning for me: 1) Since I’ve just moved to Germany and am still picking up the language, it reminds me that improving it is one of my 2018 goals; 2) It reminds me to just keep smiling, no matter what! I published my first book, Those Happy Moments, less than one year ago, and the main principle in it – to find at least one reason to smile, every single day – still holds true for me!
Who inspires you and why?
I’m fascinated by flight, and I’d love to have met people like the Wright Brothers or the Mercury Seven astronauts. I think it takes a special kind of courage to be the very first to do something that less than one generation earlier would have been considered impossible. How amazing is it that in the space of just 66 years, mankind went from only 12 seconds of flight time to landing on the moon?
This inspires me because if it reminds that if some people can literally go to space, then surely I can finish a novel or publish a blog post – no excuses!
What, in your experience, motivates you best? Can you give an example?
Because I have trouble staying on track, what helps me best is a daily accountability of some sort. This was particularly helpful last year while I was finishing my first book:
A friend of mine created a personal accountability program called The Morning Maker and invited me and four other friends to join him. We had a WhatsApp group where every day before noon for 70 days in a row, we had to post a picture of what we’d worked on that morning. So, for example, I had to post a snapshot of a page I’d just written in my book, while one of the other participants would post a few chords of a song he was composing. You also had to set a timer for how long you’d worked on your creative project that day – in the first week, you only had to do five minutes a day, but by the tenth, it was up to 50 minutes! I amazed myself by how much I actually managed to do in those 70 days!
What actions/events/environments would adversely affect your motivation? Can you give an example and how you coped?
Oh gosh, maybe it’s just me, but some days I feel like everything adversely affects my motivation! Probably the worst thing of all is that I’m very good at coming up with excuses: “I’ll work on this after we’ve moved!” “I can’t do that until I’ve learned everything about it and can do it absolutely perfectly!”
How I’ve learned to cope is by writing a to-do list on a whiteboard every morning. It’s a combination of small tasks and small “fun” things (watching a video, practicing some handstands), but I’m not allowed to do a “fun” thing until I’ve first crossed off an actual task. I can’t say I always follow this rule 100%, but just having that intention has already helped me kill off a few excuses that kept cropping up!
How do you ensure that your personal level of motivation is high on a daily basis?
I try to wake up by 6am and do at least one hour of yoga a day. That way I feel like I’ve already “accomplished” something by 7am and it makes it easier to keep the day going in a positive way!
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