We should now begin to think of “inspiration” as a form of our own survival. This buzzword has hit the wellness world by storm and for some folks they are sick and tired of hearing about it. So, what is inspiration anyway? We all see it as something different, but inspiration is defined as a process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. Inspiration is also a sudden brilliant, creative or timely idea.
If you are currently living on planet earth, you are a witness to the confusing and horrific things that are going on in our world today. Just in case you forgot, I am speaking of the mass shootings, racism, sexual assaults resulting in the #metoo movement, capitalism, oppression and everything else that has become a distraction. “Should I continue?”
During times of distraction it can be difficult to focus on the positive things or even find the energy to do things that we normally do. For those individuals who already struggle with depression, anxiety and other disorders this can exacerbate those symptoms. Psychology today states that modern technology provides new sources of anxiety which includes 24 hours of perpetual connectivity which increases our access to social issues such as many of the things listed above. The Global Health Crisis report states that depression is increasingly societies biggest and long-term health issues and is the leading cost of disability worldwide.
With these types of societal issues, YES we MUST find inspiration in our daily lives. “What the heck is the alternative if we don’t?” While I would love to live in a world where inspiration is not needed unfortunately I live in one where it is. Below are some things that maybe helpful in finding your “inspiration.” These are some of the things that have really helped me over the last 2 years.
What are you passionate about? What gets you out of that bed in the morning? For some it’s money, your kids, your family, your business. For some it’s the clients that they serve every day, the people they protect and the people they give hope to on a daily basis. Whatever it is, you must find it and tap into. For some of us it may be a life or death situation. For others, it is a stepping stone to a long-term goal. Whatever it is, tap into it!
Be honest about what makes you happy. If you are not happy, stop pretending. Maybe if you stop pretending you will be able to increase your inspiration. Faking happiness or not really doing and connecting to the things that actually make you happy increases your stress levels. Its’ often difficult to find inspiration during stressful times, though it’s the most important time to find inspiration. You deserve to be happy and feel a sense of purpose.
If we cannot identify what inspires us, we cannot tap into that area of our lives when we need to. So, what is it that you are passionate about and what makes you happy? These are the things that you can use as your inspiration. When all fails including those around you, your husband/wife, kids, best friend, co-workers etc., this is that thing that you tap into to get you out of bed, to keep you from believing that your life is not worth living, to put in that job application, to increase your confidence during your presentation, to apply for that degree program; I can go on and on but you get it. Identify what you need so that you can actually use it when you need it. I like to call it your safety plan. When all else fall’s how do you get to safety.
Now many of you are probably wondering what the heck I am speaking of when I discuss preparation. You are probably asking, “how the heck do we prepare for inspiration?” Well if you are able to identify the areas that inspire you then you are able to pull those things out of your toolbox when you need them. As a being of this current life, you understand that perfection is not a thing (If not make sure you ready blog on perfection) as well as the ups and downs in life. Prepare for tough times, don’t anticipate them. Preparation is key to many of the other areas in our life. Why not prepare to be inspired when you need it most.
Now folks this is the part where we get lost. We can do all of the things above, but when it’s time to execute, we simply give up. If you are going to do all of the things that I have mentioned above to tap into your inspiration tank you need to be ready to execute when its time. When you are told you are not selected for promotion, when your child is on your last nerve, when you walk away from your 9 to 5 for your 5 to 9, when you get that denial letter in the mail, when you experience lost, when you simply feel like giving up on yourself and have nothing else to give. THIS IS WHEN YOU EXECUTE YOUR INSPIRATION PLAN. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.
The Bottom line is simply this, inspiration maybe a buzzword that you are tired of hearing, but it’s a natural necessity in our lives. The world that we are currently living in requires us to have a tool box of things that inspire us and an unbothered box of the things that get in our way. I find new things weekly to put in my “unbothered” box. Those are the same things that I thought inspired me until I really tapped into my happiness and passion. Now my inspiration box is beginning to overflow, with my unbothered boxed right there to remind me not to look back.
Dig deep and work hard to figure out what inspires you. YOU ARE WORTH IT!