What Moves Us?

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I was watching a documentary a few weeks ago. A famous Hollywood director was saying his friend John Hughes told him he had written two screenplays on subsequent weekends. One of them was called “Home Alone” and since he was busy directing, he thought his friend Chris should consider making it into a movie.

When I heard this my first thought was “What am I doing this weekend?”

Tom Schellenberg is a participant of our Extraordinary Leaders Program. Shelley and I interviewed Tom as part of a call we call Conversations with the Masters. He is a General Manager of a Private Golf Club in Vancouver. He is an athlete. He is and Extraordinary Leader. He is passionate about doing something to support people with mental health issues in the world. As many of you know, being a GM of a Club can be very time consuming and leave little time for other things. Tom and his brother Kyle found time to set up a charity called “The Weight We Carry”, to connect with an organization in Kathmandu, Nepal, to organize an expedition where they would carry canoes to the base camp of Mount Everest, make a documentary called “One step at a time” and raise enough money to build a transit house in Kathmandu to house women with mental health issues.

Whenever I think of Tom and Kyle, I want to do something to make the world a better place.

Alexandra Clark was a student at Michigan State when we first met her. As a teenager, she knew that one day she would own a Chocolate Company. She studied and experienced everything she could that would move her toward her dream. She created a chocolate company in Hamtramck, MI, called Bon Bon Bon. Her passion to make people’s lives better with chocolate has never wavered. Her passion is inspiring and infectious.

Alex always moves me to consider how I am honoring my passions.

When we ask the question “What moves us?” the answers would be different for different people. Another question might be “Are we movable?” and if so “When?”

Simply put, our job as coaches is to support movement. People don’t ask for our support because they want nothing to change.

It is not uncommon for humans to create lives for themselves of comfort. We know that today we are going to do a lot of the same things we did yesterday. We are going to think a lot of the same thoughts we thought yesterday. We are going to use a lot of the same words we used yesterday. We will likely interact with a lot of the same people we did yesterday.

Comfort has a lot of benefits. Comfort is to be celebrated. Comfort can be peaceful and reassuring.

Comfort can also keep us small and limit the experiences and learning that comes with going beyond comfort.

Coaches and leaders want to know what moves people. Our role is to help people grow and develop. Our role is to encourage and challenge and celebrate. If we can find out what truly moves someone, we can do our part to make a difference in the lives of others.

Some people are moved by words. It could be words in a song, in poetry or literature or from a movie. It could be words of encouragement, words recognizing a talent or a contribution or perhaps words of instruction that support growth. The words of an Extraordinary Conversation can move mountains.

Some people are moved by success. Some are moved by failure.

Some people are moved by compassion and others are moved by injustice.

For fans of biography, they might be moved by the example of what others have done or been.

Some people are moved by their own design. Some people are moved by the design of others. Some people are moved by loss or tragedy and others are moved by moments of great joy and celebration.

Some people are simply moved my moving companies.

The important questions are:

What moves you? What moves you from your head to your heart to your hands? What moves you into action? What makes you decide? When will you decide? If not now… when? What environments do you have that move you? What differences will being moved have on your life, your relationships, your family, your organization, and the world?

The inspiration to do something can come from anywhere. It can be a thought that feels good and that is wonderful. It can also be something that leads to a decision. As coaches we are thrilled when we get to be part of or a result of that decision.

The simple act of deciding can lead to a screen play, moving or at least climbing mountains or building a chocolate company.

You might be moved to do something that could take one minute, one weekend, one year or one lifetime.

The time it takes to do what you have been moved to do is not nearly as important as the difference it makes.

What moves you?


Kevin MacDonald and Shelley MacDougall are the coaches for CMAA. To reach the for a complimentary coaching session call 1-866-822-3481 toll free.

Posted by Kate McDevitt at 08/23/2021 12:44:47 PM | 

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