Inspiration means being driven to achieve what you want and leaving no stone unturned in the process. Inspiration can help you transcend the limits of possible and do things that are way out of your comfort zone. Inspiration will make you successful both professionally and personally. Knowing what is of importance to you and what has the ability to change you can make all the difference between being stuck in a rut and doing things that otherwise seemed undoable.
Just like starting to exercise again after you haven’t for a while or perhaps never. It is highly unlikely that you will jump out of bed one morning full of motivation and start exercising. You might not feel like it, but because you know it is important, you will feel better and healthier in the long term, you get going even though you don’t want to. At first it is a real effort and you might have to fight that little voice in your head that will offer you all kinds of good reasons and temptations not to do it.
The ultra-successful do not concern themselves with things beyond their control. Understanding what is beyond your control, and letting go of the things that stretch beyond your reach is critical to managing productivity, stress, and fulfillment. Regardless of your reach, you will never be able to reach back in time. The past is beyond your control. You cannot change it, but you can learn from it.
inspiration is like a radio station. It is always broadcasting the message you need to hear, but you need to turn into the clear frequency to hear what it is telling you. Unlike hair or eye color, everyone carries inspiration in their DNA. It is what makes us human. Seeds will grow when nourished properly, and your follow magazines will manifest in the same way.
THAT’S the side of motivation you seldom hear about – the need to remove the demotivational factors in your life. Sometimes it’s physical factors – a person, your environment or your health. Most likely you already know how to plug those holes once you’ve identified them. Just as often it’s a mindset issue – your own way of looking at things can be demotivating you every single day.
Sit down and think about this personal goal of yours. How much do you really want to learn to watercolor or do more yoga? Whatever your personal goal is how motivated are you to achieve it? For example, are you motivated enough to wake up at five a.m.? Are you motivated enough to give up some tv time? Or sacrifice time browsing the internet? Is this really a goal you are motivated enough to make sacrifices to make it a reality? Or is it really a wish?
Whether it be our job, our bodies, or our relationships, we should always strive to do our best. It’s much easier to achieve our goals when we are positively motivated and I think that the term “work” can sometimes be a de-motivator. I’m not saying we have to be perfect. Sometimes we miss a deadline, skip a workout or say something before thinking of the negative ramifications. These can all happen even if we are positively motivated. But if we can find that positive motivation and continue to use that in our day to day activities I believe we can minimize the physical and mental hurdles that prevent us from being the best we can be. We won’t look at it so much as “work”.
I hope you find inspiration in your day, in your month, in your year, and in your life. It won’t always be so obvious. But things to appreciate, beautiful things, things that have the ability to inspire you… they’re out there. And my advice to you is this: if you want to be a great leader, get out and grab as much inspiration as you can. Great leaders have to be bold, and they have to take risks. No one can do that all the time without being attacked by doubts, just as I was that morning. But inspiration is out there, too, if you’ll reach out and take hold of it. And a little inspiration, from time to time, is all it will take to keep you going despite the adversity created by your own doubting mind.