Where did the inspiration come
from?You seek inspiration but there is none to be easily found. You attempt tomotivate yourself constantly but the energy of trying to stay motivatedis difficult to maintain.
If you become aware of
your breath when you get stressed out, youwill see that it is shallow and fast. You get so focused on the problemthat you find it difficult to take in life in the entirety.You forget to breathe deeply and take it all in. You forget to imbibe andabsorb the magic of the moment. It is very hard to be inspired when youare caught up with past regrets or future worries.
Instead of shallow breathing, allow
yourself to take deep belly breaths.Allow the magic of the moment to permeate your consciousness.Be unquestioningly present and open to the current momentand the inspiration that lies within.
The infinite organizing power of
theuniverse usually comes back with asolution when the time is right. Some ofour best work is done when we have givenup on making things better by sheer forceof motivation.
Neuroscience tells us that the
conscious mind can only process 40 to 100 bits/second of information at any given time but the sub-conscious mind is able toprocess a much greater amount of information all at once.
When you give up trying
to achieve a resolution to yourproblem and give it up to the sub-conscious or “sleepon it,” the infinite organizing power of your sub-conscious is still trying to solve it for you. And oftenthe answers we receive when we give up are veryprofound.
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Set up triggers and cues
that point towards your final destination, thatdepict you as achieving excellence. Then immerse yourself in the task andengage in some deep, deliberate practice at the edge of your comfort level tillyou master a segment.
Taking charge of your energy
and having an attitude of“anything great is possible” is a wonderful way to openup to synchronicities and inspiration. Become awareand allow messages and ideas from seeminglyunexpected sources to inspire you and teach you.
Call on your best friends
to assist you in gatheringsome additional inspiration. Luckily for us, our bestfriends in this case are our different personas andare always available.Very quickly, you can call on or assume a differentpersona that you can imagine and invite.
Personas were first described as
part of Archetypes by the psychologistCarl Jung. The easiest way to describe them is that they are the differentsocial roles that we play out in our life. For example, you may be thevictim at some point and at other instances, you may feel like the heroine.
By calling on the energy
of an empowering and inspiring persona,you may be able to recapture your inspiration. Call on yourfictional or real life characters who really inspire you.If you are a painter, you may be inspired by Michelangelo andassume the role of a master painter by feeling and acting fromthat role.Read up on your master persona, go to museums and understandhow they got inspired.
In order to inspire innovation
and banish the devil’s advocate ordoubt, they outline 10 personas such as the anthropologist, theexperimenter and the collaborator. Depending on the persona youassume, you can bring a different approach to the problem youare solving.
When you join or form
a mastermind group, you create accountability andsupport in your life. This camaraderie translates into the form of asupport system and inspiration when you are trying to catch up with therest of the mastermind group. Action tip: Join a mastermind group to increase your inspiration and toradically increase your accountability.
When inspiration does not strike,
take action anyway. Action isa wonderful way to keep moving in the face of lack ofinspiration. As you make action a habit, you will see that youare much more inclined to feel and act out of inspiration.Staying at one place and not moving forward is utterlyuninspiring. Break through the inertia of boredom and fear bytaking consistent big action.
For example, when you set
a time for writing, writeeven if you feel like you are not producing greatcontent. Make an outline and move forward. Do not givein to the temptation to edit and get distracted.
Prolific writer Anthony Trollope regularly
rose at5:30 am and wrote till 11 am and penned 46novels in his career. After his writing adventuresin the morning, he would go to work at the postoffice as a postal clerk.
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Action Tip: Make an attempt
to inspire and encourage someoneelse. As you assist others to achieve their goals, you will beinspired to pursue your life dreams with more clarity. A wonderful method of getting inspired is to take the focus away fromyou. Instead of asking what is in it for you, ask how can you influenceand encourage others. How can you genuinely uplift someone else?
Gamify inspiration! When the going
gets tough, reward andoffer yourself power-ups to feel invincible!Remember that effective games capture our attention and keep usengaged by offering us rewards and power-ups just in the nick oftime before we give up. Offer yourself bonuses and incentives to staythe course and to inspire you in your creative work!
Here is a summary of
the 12 steps:1. Breathe In: Breathe deeply and imbibe the world around you. If you are feeling out of sorts and a lack ofinspiration, take a few moments to breathe deeply and reconnect with inspiration.2. Invoke Your Guiding Light: Recognize and understand your ebb and flow and what sustains and inspiresyou on a daily basis. Increase the events that inspire you and do less of the events that do not inspireyou.3. What is Your Message? What is your message, your big picture, and your one big dream? Make anattempt to reconnect with that source of endless inspiration even if it is for a few moments every day.4. Allow it by Letting it go: Let it go! In some instances, by disengaging the conscious mind, you can comeup with novel inspiring solutions to your problems.5. Get inspired by deep practice and emotional triggers: Set up emotional triggers and cues that remindyou and inspire you to take action, make you feel great and propel you towards excellence!6. Synchronicities: Be open to inspiration striking you from an event of possibility thinking andsynchronicity. Be prepared to engage the inspiration, connect the dots and recognize the value of chance events.7. Calling a friend: personas to increase inspiration: Take on different personas or roles to inspireyourself. Experiment with the different perspectives that these roles bring to your problem.8. Create or join a mastermind circle: Action tip: Join a mastermind group to increase your inspiration andaccountability to complete a project or task.9. Act on it even of you do not feel like it! One of my inspirational acronyms: TBARN or Taking Big ActionRight Now!10. Look for inspiration in new places: Go out and inspire yourself with new things, places and people.Look for inspiration in places and ideas that you would least expect it.11. Get inspired by influencing and encouraging others. Take the focus away from yourself by upliftingothers.12. Gamify inspiration: Get inspired by offering yourself rewards and power-ups.
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