How To Be Motivated Using Feng Shui Now


Motivation is part of what drives each of us. It is also something that seems to deplete over time. Your environment through Feng Shui can replenish it.

Motivation is the internal drive or desire that compels each of us to take action towards achieving a goal. It is the force that initiates, guides, and sustains behaviors that are directed towards a particular objective. 

Motivation can be intrinsic, stemming from within, such as the joy of learning or the satisfaction of accomplishing a challenging task. 

It can also be extrinsic, influenced by external factors, such as rewards, recognition, or the avoidance of negative consequences. 

Motivation Runs Out

However, motivation is not a constant force; it tends to fluctuate and can deplete over time. 

This depletion can be due to various factors, including prolonged effort, lack of progress, stress, or boredom. When motivation wanes, many find it challenging to maintain the same level of enthusiasm and persistence initially had.

Motivation is significantly influenced by our environment, which can either enhance or hinder it. 

The environment encompasses various factors, including physical surroundings, social interactions, and cultural contexts. These elements can play a large role in shaping motivation, either by providing support and encouragement or by presenting obstacles and discouragement.

A supportive environment can greatly enhance motivation. 

Working in a well-organized and stimulating physical space can also contribute to increased motivation. 

Insights from Environmental Psychology

Motivation can sometimes feel elusive. Whether it’s pursuing a passion project, sticking to a workout routine, or advancing in your career, staying motivated can be tough. What few people realize is that your surroundings can help you stay motivated. 

Environmental Psychology is a field that examines the interplay between individuals and their surroundings. Numerous studies have demonstrated how physical environments significantly affect behavior, emotions, and overall well-being. 

According to Dr. Sally Augustin, an environmental psychologist, “our surroundings can impact our stress levels, creativity, and productivity. A well-designed space can improve mood and motivation, making us more likely to achieve our goals.”

A cluttered and disorganized environment can lead to feelings of stress and overwhelm, while a thoughtfully arranged space can foster a sense of calm and focus. This is where Feng Shui comes into play, offering a structured approach to creating a motivating and supportive living space.

More Reasons Your Environment Affects Motivation

A study conducted by Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found that physical clutter in the surrounding environment competes for one’s attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress. 

By eliminating unnecessary items and maintaining an organized space, you and I can improve focus and efficiency, leading to enhanced motivation.

When a space is organized according to Feng Shui principles, it can create a sense of balance and tranquility. 

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that individuals who worked in environments with elements of nature and balanced spatial arrangements reported higher levels of well-being and job satisfaction. This sense of well-being and satisfaction can directly boost motivation, as individuals are more likely to feel energized and positive in such environments.

Moreover, an organized and aesthetically pleasing room can influence cognitive processes, making it easier for individuals to engage in goal-directed behaviors. 

The act of organizing and maintaining a space can also provide a sense of control and accomplishment, which are key factors in sustaining motivation. 

Feng Shui To Replenish Motivation

Feng Shui, which translates to “wind” and “water,” is a practice that dates back over 3,000 years. It involves arranging your living space in a way that promotes the flow of positive energy, or “chi.” 

While there is currently no scientific backing for “chi” in the literal sense, there is, however, strong evidence supporting it psychologically. Positive “energy or chi” is, in essence, a more finely tuned behavior of your choosing.

By following Feng Shui principles, you can create an environment that supports your health, happiness, and success.

The Command Position

Command Position

This principle emphasizes the placement of furniture, especially significant pieces like the bed, desk, and stove. These items should be positioned so that you can see the door while using them but are not directly in line with it. This arrangement symbolizes control over your life and enhances feelings of safety and power.

The Bagua Map

Bagua Map
Not A Working Bagua Map. Reference Design Only.

The Bagua Map is a tool used in Feng Shui to map out the various areas of your life (such as wealth, career, and relationships) in your living space. By aligning your home according to the Bagua Map, you can create a balanced and harmonious environment.

    You can read more about Bagua Maps here

    You don’t necessarily have to organize your home as outlined in the maps, however, it does provide a psychological structure that is beneficial.

    Five Elements

    The Five Elements

    Feng Shui incorporates five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—which should be balanced within your space. Each element represents different qualities and can be used to enhance specific areas of your life.

      This as well as psychological ties that influence behavior. While culture plays a role, it may be worth considering.

      You can read more about the five elements here.

      Steps to Boost Motivation Through Feng Shui

      Now that we have a foundational understanding of Feng Shui, let’s delve into practical steps you can take to transform your space and, consequently, your motivation.

      1. Declutter Your Space

      Clutter is one of the biggest obstacles to a positive flow of energy. It creates chaos and can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety, which are detrimental to motivation.

      Steps to Declutter:

      • Start Small: Begin with a single drawer or a specific area. Trying to declutter your entire home at once can be overwhelming.
      • Keep, Donate, Discard: Sort your items into these three categories. Be honest about what you need and what is merely taking up space.
      • Maintain: Regularly go through your belongings to ensure clutter doesn’t accumulate again.

      2. Arrange Furniture in the Command Position

      The command position is crucial for harboring a sense of control and empowerment.

      Steps to Implement the Command Position:

      • Identify Key Pieces: Focus on the bed, desk, and stove—items that represent rest, work, and nourishment.
      • Position Wisely: Ensure these pieces are placed where you can see the door without being directly in line with it. This position allows you to feel safe and in control.
      • Avoid Obstructions: Make sure the path to these items is clear, which helps the flow of energy and prevents feelings of obstruction in your life.

      3. Incorporate the Five Elements

      Balancing the five elements in your space can enhance various aspects of your life and keep you motivated.

      Steps to Balance the Five Elements:

      • Wood: Represents growth and creativity. Add plants or wooden furniture.
      • Fire: Symbolizes passion and energy. Use candles, a fireplace, or red accents.
      • Earth: Stands for stability and nourishment. Incorporate ceramics, stones, or earth-toned decor.
      • Metal: Denotes clarity and efficiency. Include metallic objects or white, grey, and metallic colors.
      • Water: Represents wisdom and serenity. Add fountains, aquariums, or blue and black elements.

      4. Enhance Lighting

      Lighting plays a significant role in your mood and motivation. Natural light is ideal, but if that’s not an option, opt for full-spectrum bulbs that mimic natural sunlight.

      Steps to Improve Lighting:

      • Maximize Natural Light: Keep windows clean and unobstructed. Use sheer curtains to allow more light in.
      • Layer Lighting: Use a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a balanced and flexible lighting scheme.
      • Avoid Harsh Lights: Soft, warm lights are more inviting and can create a more relaxing environment.

      5. Keep Your Space Organized

      An organized space can drastically improve your ability to focus and stay motivated.

      Steps to Stay Organized:

      • Use Storage Solutions: Invest in organizers, shelves, and bins to keep items in their place.
      • Create Zones: Designate specific areas for different activities (e.g., a reading nook, a workspace). This helps in creating a clear mental association between space and activity.
      • Regular Tidying: Spend a few minutes each day tidying up. This prevents clutter from building up and keeps your space functional and motivating.

      A Recent Personal Story

      I’ve been going through some disruptive changes, mostly in my 40-hour-a-week career. It’s been unsettling, to say the least, but that’s life. At times it’s predictable, and others, not so much.

      Regardless, I realized I had to refocus, make some directional adjustments, and move toward a more desirable outcome. After a little back and forth, I chose to re-evaluate the two rooms I spend most of my time in. The bedroom and office.

      In the bedroom I kept the relaxing colors and placement of the room’s primary items, only changing the lighting from a warm bright yellow to a sharp, white light when I wake up. Each morning, I’m greeted with a hue that I find stimulates energy, and alertness and acts as a reminder to keep going.

      In my office, however, I made further adjustments. 

      I kept the general placement of the furniture as it was (command position, eye view of the window, and plenty of natural light). The only change I made was placing a small frog statue that my fiancée and I found during one of our holidays together.

      During our vacations, when we travel anywhere, we make a fun goal of finding a souvenir frog. This one was particularly difficult. Everywhere we looked, we were told that no one would be selling such a trinket in this area.

      We didn’t give up. We just expected to somehow find one and we did.

      It happened when we least expected it.

      That frog acts as a stark reminder that opportunity and something better is on its way. 

      Thus far, as of the date of this article, I’m already reviewing several new opportunities.

      Transform Your Space, Transform Your Life

      By integrating Feng Shui principles into your living space, you can create an environment that not only feels good but also supports and enhances your motivation. 

      From decluttering and arranging furniture to balancing elements and improving lighting, each step you take brings you closer to a space that fosters energy, focus, and a drive to achieve your goals.

      Until the next time, cheers!

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