Behaviors Are a Clue But Not the Whole Story [episode 23]

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I’ve got a fun episode for you today, and it’s a little different than any of the others up to this point. It’s actually one of the lessons available inside the Good Movement Collective, and it’s all about motivations and behaviors! I believe that we’re all shaped by our upbringings, experiences, etc., and there’s always a reason WHY people behave and believe the way that they do.

You know by now how much I love the Enneagram – it’s an incredible tool that we’ll be referencing and utilizing a lot throughout the Good Movement Collective, since it gives us so much insight into why our motivations and behaviors are the way that they are. In today’s episode, I share more about why behaviors are a clue…but not the whole story. I’m digging more into the key differences between motivations and behaviors, how the two are connected, why your Enneagram type can’t be determined solely from your behaviors, and more.

My personal belief (through my own observations and experiences) is that we are born with our core motivation – it’s our God-given gift and hardwiring. On the other hand, behaviors are a clue, but definitely not the whole story. Ultimately, our core motivations, plus our experiences, equal our behaviors. I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside what the Good Movement Collective will be like; the next time you’re questioning your motivations or behaviors, tug on these common threads to help you narrow down and better understand the fascinating connections between the two!

In this episode, Behaviors Are a Clue But Not the Whole Story, we cover:

  • The difference between motivations and behaviors
  • How motivations and behaviors are really connected
  • Understanding that you can’t determine your Enneagram type based solely off of behaviors
  • Deciding if you will continue to allow certain behaviors to run your life (even when they aren’t serving you), or choose to change your behaviors in order to yield a better result
  • Digging into what your core motivation really is, and how it’s showing up in your life

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In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

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