Nearly there! This is the 18th of my series on the Moodscope Cards. Today, it’s time to be “Active” which Moodscope defines as, “feeling full of energy.”
A Moodscope red card meaning a good thing! Energy must flow, and so it benefits from a focus. I love the word “Active” because, psychologically, I’m closest to the “Activist” preference [Activist, Pragmatist, Theorist and Reflector are the four I’m thinking of]. But I love “ProActive” more. This is the deliberate application of action and energy and passion towards a desired goal. Being a bit of a Squiggle, my top’s made of rubber (actually it looks like a chewed rubber-tip pencil) and my bottom is made of a spring… but I’m not always bouncy, bouncy, fun-fun-fun…
To be fun, I need to be running the right programme in the software of my mind. This can often be launched by the right question. Here are some good ones…
- What would you like more of?
- What would you like to be more like?
- Whom would you like to be more like?
- What would you like to do?
- Would you like a piece of toast?
These are great Activist questions – and we’ve all got a bit of the Activist in us.
Playing the “Active” Card is having a positive orientation – a forward towards-type momentum. I heard an account of Mother Theresa refusing to march in protest against a major World conflict. Puzzled, the campaigners asked her why she would not march. She declared that she would march with them when they marched “for” peace, but she would not march “against” anything. “For” and “against” – opposite directions for one’s energy to flow.
Mother Theresa understood the power of direction when taking action and being active.
Those wonderfully wierd people I love, Neuro-Linguistic Programmers*, talk of two opposite “meta-programs” – either being “towards” or “away from”. Let me assert, being actively “towards” more of what you would rather have in your life is way better than being “away from” stuff.
Come on Tiger! Tell me what you want. Roar. And then go get it or them!!!
Play a 3 on the “Active” card today and march for and towards something you care about, in the direction you want to be heading. Btw, I really recommend “marching”. When I’m fed up, I will sometimes put on my Russian winter hat and literally “March” up to the local shops. The pace feels purposeful and powerful.
I know, I’m a nutter but I’m harmless… most of the time!
[*btw, when I was bored one day, I reframed NLP + as HARP… = Hypnotic Associative Re-Patterning. That’s catchy, isn’t it? It’s less tree huggy and more business focused and won’t upset my Christian friends who don’t want to channel wierd spirits. If you’d like to know more pop your details on the form below… we might even end up as Facebook-Friends. I can’t promise it’s not wierd, after all, it’s my stuff, but it is safe and inoffensive, as well as being phenomenally powerful and glorifying to God.]