Anything you’re doing today (training for a marathon, starting a Whole30, potty training a toddler, managing a team project, loving your spouse) can be made better if you find inspiration to help you keep going.
It’s not usually to difficult to start something – many things are easily motivated. But motivation isn’t exactly the same as inspiration. Motivation can run dry and what we really need is a good dose of inspiration to stay the course.
When you find inspiration, it leads to passion!
The problem? Often times we are motivated to start something but become frustrated when the energy to keep going runs out. Why does that happen? Sometimes we fall short in our efforts because we forget that we are responsible to find inspiration.
Your husband wasn’t put on the planet to inspire you.
Your momma doesn’t have to inspire you.
Your pastor isn’t obligated to inspire you.
You need to find inspiration for yourself to keep going.
The catch? Everyone is depending on you to find inspiration because they’re busy seeking their own.Leader: Everyone is depending on you to find inspiration because they're busy seeking their own.Click To Tweet
If you’ve read the previous few sentences and just realized that you’re running on empty, it’s ok. Let’s not dwell on that. Instead, let’s give you a jump start list of ideas to help you find inspiration and get back on the right path.
I’ve asked around and here are some key ways amazing people find inspiration to do the cool and important things they want to do with their lives:
- Read a biography about an underdog business person, sports team, parent, or coach who made history.
- Go for a hike alone in nature.
- Pray and ask God to give you a Scripture, song, or image to inspire you to take action.
- Ask others to share their story of triumph with you.
- Create a vision board on Pinterest (make the board private, if you prefer) of what you envision the final outcome to be. Add pins to the board of others’ success stories, quotes, and photos.
- Hire help (a personal trainer, a coach, or a counselor).
- Watch a documentary.
- Try a new genre of food (Indian, Peruvian, Thai, etc.).
- Leisurely walk through an art gallery.
- Cheer a friend on in her or his efforts to accomplish a goal and let their success help you find inspiration.
- Volunteer and focus on others’ needs to give you a fresh perspective on your circumstances and capacity to achieve.
- Take a class to try a new hobby – painting, glass blowing, or kick boxing, maybe?
- If you’re an entrepreneur or church planter, visit someone in a role similar to yours. See their workspace or studio. Take them out for coffee, and learn how they think or approach the common goals you share.
- Observe artists using their gifts: vocalists, instrumentalists, potters, athletes, and more.
It all works out best when each of us fills our own inspiration tanks. And you know what’s especially amazing? Inspired people inspire others! This means that – as you find inspiration to stay the course on your life’s path – others will draw inspiration from you, too. That’s truly a win/win situation.As you find inspiration to stay the course on your life's path, others will draw inspiration from your example. Click To Tweet
Where do you most need inspiration to keep going today? Accept the responsibility to find inspiration and win the race you’re in.
PS – If inspiration’s not what you need right now, but a plan to tackle all that’s in front of you as well as tips on self-care is in order, check out my book to get on the right track!