Motivation Belief System

By Jody Ballard

At Christmas my husband and I would ask the children,  “Do you believe?” It was a fun way to reve up the children. Toady as I sit and ponder the issue of motivation – something I do with New Year’s resolutions along with the predictable disappointment of goals sloughed off and abandoned in 2 -3 -4 weeks. I know by appointment calendar will be filled with this angst and self loathing by the first of February.

“Do you believe?” is a question asked of people to better understand their value system or to better understand deeper more core principals.

“Do you believe?” in me  /  in our marriage  / in our cause  / in our leaders  / in our faith  / in in in in?

 Todays fast paced world doesn’t allow for the philosophical discussions that get at the essence of who we are.  Sadly, it just cannot be done in 161 characters.  When asked to assess a situation at a deeper level, I was told recently, “I don’t see the value in that question.” Well the value is to get to know people better at a deeper level and to discover what they believe in. It is a bit uncomfortable to clearly state your values and I purpose most people do not know what they are.

Why wax on about belief systems? And how does this relate to motivation and sticking to your goals?  The goals we set for ourselves are saturated in our ideals of ourselves – our best selves if you will. AND grounded in our values and beliefs.  In example:

2019 Goals

  1. Spend more time with the children = I value family and believe being a good parent is a moral obligation.
  2. Get in better physical shape… better, sleep more =  I value good health and believe taking good care of my body might allow me to live longer.
  3. Write that novel = I value education and believe as I age it’s important to educated and inspire our youth =  legacy.
  4. Volunteer at the soup kitchen = I value and appreciate my good fortune and believe it is a morale imperative to help those less fortunate.

Well you get the idea. When we slow our lives down, our intelligent brain gravitates toward these questions. Please allow yourself to go there. Welcome the questions and clarify the answers. This gives a deeper meaning to your actions and helps to keep you moving toward those goals = MOTIVATION.

On a more practical note:

  1. Create goals that are attainable.
  2. State them clearly and track your progress
  3. Break these goals into smaller ones you can attain more easily.
  5. Write down the messages you tell yourself around these goals and determine if they are helpful. Declare your intentions to friends and family and let them help you.
  6. Be kind to yourself (rewards systems are great) and when you slip (and you will) begin anew tomorrow. Persistence is the most valued trait of highly successful people.

Tomorrow is a new day! Never give up on yourself and the things you hold dear (VALUES).  Those ideals are the essence of who you are. (BELIEFS) Strive for them.  Be your BEST SELF in this New Year. “You are what you choose to become,” Carl Jung.


Our History

The Women's Heritage Walk is a life-affirming trek inspired by the worldwide history of women who walked to feed their families, bring water to the villages, trade goods and services, and migrate to safer, more hospitable lands. Women have been on the move for centuries, often reacting to the weather, food, and resources.

The Walks was a natural corollary to the three-day Wellness Seminars established in and around the mountains of Garmisch, Germany, in 1992. This format expanded to Poland, Rome, Italy, and into schools to meet the growing need to address the social and emotional need to cope with increased stress, particularly bullying in schools. Women's Heritage Walk, established in 2015, has become an unrivaled multi-layered experience for women.

The Women's Heritage Walk is an unrivaled multi-layered experience for women. It is rooted in the belief that women empower each other, their families, communities, and themselves through growth, learning, and pushing their limits.

Preparation begins three months in advance with a curated program to prepare walkers mentally and physically for an arduous, exciting adventure. This experiential journey captivates all the senses and enhances each woman's physical strength and internal fortitude while enhancing an individual's personal health and wellness path.

This adventure allows walkers to immerse themselves authentically in the local country's cultural heritage. Daily programs stimulate a more profound understanding of our foremothers' life experiences and offer a new appreciation for the habits and customs borne from the hardships of early life.

Participants forge deeper bonds with themselves and each other through physical, mental, and emotional development. Shared hardships endured with common goals create lifelong attachments, increase mutual understanding, widen tolerance parameters, heighten mutual respect, and reinforce shared values. Once accomplished, it accentuates individual strengths and potential more fully.

This transformational endeavor impacts the Walkers and their network of friends, family, colleagues, and community members. Each person learns vicariously from the participant's persistence, perseverance, lifestyle changes, growth, reinvigoration, and heightened knowledge.

Each year brings a new adventure and opportunity to connect as we obtain the most up-to-date research to augment and improve upon the four pillars of Culture and Heritage, Health and wellness, Strength and Leadership, and Community Connection.

We employ an overarching approach encompassing all human needs. We focus on physical and mental health, joy and balance in relationships and spiritual and intellectual curiosity.

Tolerance, perseverance, self-awareness, and cultural respect are themes discussed in the Wellness Component. These become more relevant as the event brings women from multiple nationalities together. The journey provides an open forum for the women to discuss culture, values, and traditions and to learn from each other without judgment. Through it, they discover more that unites them than separates them.

Each woman takes a chance by overcoming fear and disrupting their life momentarily, hoping to find something special inside and outside themselves. Through connections to others unlike themselves, they learn and grow.

"A heart afraid never learns to dance and never takes a chance." Bette Midler

Fear isolates us and diminishes our opportunity to live our best lives by finding our best selves. We must be challenged to do this, and the Women's Heritage will challenge you. Complacency and walking through our lives on autopilot does not. When we think of adventures, we think of exploring something outside ourselves. However, in this Walk, a large part of this challenge and any arduous struggle happens inside ourselves. This Walk challenges you to go outside your comfort zone in all areas.

This program is guided by integrity and honors heritage. The Women's Heritage Walk develops personal and collective strength. Proximity and shared hardship build not only tolerance but respect. By finishing, they teach our daughters, families, and community that difficult does not mean impossible. The challenging walks teach us to persevere with compassion, humbly appreciate nature's power, and draw on inner strength to keep moving forward when weary. This gift of struggling fortifies a heightened and profound belief in oneself and gratitude for the support given.

Along with her in-country cultural experts, Jody continues to develop a modern and ever-growing tribe of a global 'sisterhood.'

26-year-old UAE national Waheeda Al Hadhrami participated in 2017 and said about the event, "Walking through our beautiful deserts and reconnecting with our past was life-changing, although it was physically and mentally challenging. The experience allowed me to meet many women from different backgrounds and walks of life, and I enjoyed the cultural exchange. I loved every step of the journey!"