Emotions are a Catalyst for Change!

As a preparation for my latest Marathon run, to take place on 3rd April 2022, I am enjoying some extra spinning classes to enhance my fitness for the run. Midway through one class the instructor shouted out “Emotions are a catalyst for change.”

It took me a while to fully understand what the instructor was trying to say. When we are engaged in a particular activity our emotions can hold us back or spur us forward to enable some form of change to take place. The point: Use your emotions to press more into the spinning session to increase and maintain your strength and fitness. The whole reason for the activity is to bring a change to one’s fitness levels.


For a moment may we think about our emotions and feelings and then how a catalyst or inhibitor produces change or no adjustments. The dictionary says that an emotion is a strong feeling that can help us to translate them into actions. Our emotions and feelings can vary on a minute by minute basis and are often dependent and affected by our personal circumstances real or perceived.

So Daily situations – affect and influence our Emotions – which in turn produces Change.


A catalyst may be a person or thing that precipitates change, causing something to happen suddenly! A catalyst can also be a substance that works to increase the speed at which a reaction happens! Other descriptions of a catalyst may include activator, agitator, instigator, spark or stimulus. In social, home and work settings people can act as a catalyst which sparks actions and reactions that may inspire people to activate some form of transformation.

A physical catalyst may be found in the exhausts of cars in the form of a ‘catalytic convertor’ which has a very important function in producing cleaner fuel for the environment.

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A ‘post it note’ left in a prominent place acts as a reminder for those reading it to complete an agreed activity. Detergent as a cleaning agent in a washing machine, facilitates a change whereby dirty clothes once again become clean and ready to wear.

If we are involved in writing reports and seeking to inspire readers, our thoughts and emotions may evoke a measure of progress or change. In countries throughout the world, economic development in whatever form, can help to move communities forward from places of conflict and tension to areas of peace and prosperity. When we make cakes and use baking powder it creates carbon-dioxide gas bubbles that acts as a rising agent similar to the use of yeast for wine and bread.


The opposite of a catalyst would be an inhibitor. If the spinning instructor told me to stop spinning then emotionally I would have to decide if I wanted to stop or continue. A chemical inhibitor decreases and prevents a rate of chemical reaction taking place. When we are inhibited we may find it difficult in a certain situation to be our true and relaxed self and to show our real emotions and subsequent actions as required to bring about change or facilitate decline.

Many people are discouragers rather than encouragers and always see the negative over the positive. In conversations, words can build us up emotionally alongside words of deformation that will deflate us.  


  • In this new year what do you what to change in your relationships, times at home, work and socially?
  • In identifying an area of change how do you feel about it and in what ways can you initiate a required transformation for the better?
  • Think about your time frame for those proposed changes and how best can they be made?


The spinning session is nearly over with only five minutes left. Do I give up or do I press on and use my emotions to complete the class and enjoy that special feeling of achievement and enhanced fitness levels.

I am coming towards the end of a long and hard run with only three miles to the finishing line. How can I activate my mind and emotions to continue to run and get through anything that would want to hold me back? I cross the finishing line and have a wonderful sense of success as a result of all those training runs and extra spinning sessions.

Great North Run 2018

‘Remember: emotions are a catalyst for change and completion of a given goal and action.’



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1 Response to Emotions are a Catalyst for Change!

  1. Trevor says:

    A very thought provoking and encouraging piece Graham.

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