Updated: Mar 11
Stagnant water can be dangerous for drinking because it provides a better incubator than running water for many kinds of bacteria and parasites.
That's right, the same water that we drink and that gives life can bring illness and even death. On the contrary, fresh water from a creek descending from a mountain gives life!
What is the difference? Motion.
Running water keeps the precious fluid ready to quench our thirst and it is even used to propel turbines to generate electricity and so much more.
Restaurant managers train new waiters saying, "Be like a fish between the tables, always on the move!"
We must always be in motion. The following are some tips to help us stay in motion:
1. Think of what inspires you
Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that inspires us enough to take action. If we don’t have a habit of setting goals and instead just leave ourselves to daily routines, we will become stagnant. Would you like to deepen your expertise? What part of your job stirs you inside? Is there an area of professional weakness on which you should focus?
2. Change your routine When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been around, sometimes it’s a purposeless lifestyle. Anything you can think of?
3. Start with a small step
Stagnation also comes from fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Don't wait, make a move.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4
Stagnation prevents us from being a better worker, paralyzes our creativity, and cripples our talents. Stay on the move, get out there, go back to your goals. Even if you make mistakes, you will be on the road to improvement. The fruit of your diligence awaits you. Get in motion and flow like a river!