I’m behind on my self-appointed schedule for writing. This blog post should’ve been published yesterday, and I’ve been toying with the idea of actually publishing on Monday, or maybe even Friday. I’m also behind on my video editing. I’ve got 3 episodes of the show backed up on my computer, waiting for me to trim out all the boring bits in between questions on the show. I’ve been feeling like I “lost” my inspiration…
So that’s what I decided to write about today. Inspiration. What causes it? What inspires me? What inspires you?
Looking up inspiration online I first see the definition. Inspiration is “something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.” That’s kind of nebulous. So, really, inspiration could be anything? Gee, I wanted it to be something I could go out and buy, or maybe download! In many ancient cultures, inspiration was thought to be a gift of the gods.
It can be hard to find inspiration sometimes. For no particular reason, you suddenly feel blank. Most of the advice and articles I find seem to have a common denominator of forgetting about the problem you are trying to solve, and the solution will then be found – sort of the “Eureka” way of solving things.
Well, sometimes that works.
Another way to find inspiration is to check in with your own motivations. One of the most important things I do as a coach is help people to discover and define their own motivations. What do you really want? Often, we put “stepping stones” to our goals. “I want a job, so I can get a car, so I can date a girl, so I can be happy.” Sounds quite complicated, yes?
How about just being happy? As Neale Donald Walsh has pointed out, we have the Be, Do, Have paradigm backwards. We think we need to do, in order to get (have), in order to BE whatever it is we wish to be. And usually that being-ness is an emotional state, rather than something material.
Why do we seek outside of ourselves for our emotional state? After all, emotions are solely internal. As I think about this, it starts to seem rather silly, doesn’t it? After all, nothing can reach inside me and flip that emotional switch, unless I give it the power to do so. Why would I give my power away like that?
So, that being said, this is what inspires and motivates me… Feeling like I make a difference. Feeling special. Seeing someone light up when they have found a solution to their problem. Hearing that I changed someone’s life. Feeling loved and admired. And I know how to generate all of those feelings internally. So, I guess I’ve found my inspiration!
Just being honest here, I’d have to say that those are the main highlights of life, for me. What inspires and motivates you?
Tune in to my weekly webcast to share!
Question Your Reality Episode 7
Wednsday, November 6, 2013
10:00 – 11:00 PM MST (GMT-7)
Video coming soon…