Let’s face it, you can’t expect miracles to happen just because you found your source of inspiration. How many of us are inspired daily by the people around us yet we do nothing to change ourselves. We take a brief moment out of our busy day to acknowledge “wow that really inspired me to go out and get fit, buy a new car, make more money, or etc.” But rarely do we, after acknowledging that source of inspiration, act on it or proceed further. We stop dead in our tracks because, the truth is, we don’t know what to do next.
For example, one day you watch one of your peers, who is normally shy, get up on stage and belt out a song and it’s incredible. You are so inspired by her you want to go out and get started on something…but…you…don’t know….what that something is….This is the reality for most of us…we temporarily feel a high and concentrate so much on that high that once it’s gone we don’t understand how to proceed.
The key is not to just focus on the inspiration itself, but to draw from that inspiration and connect with it. There is a reason why you felt inspired at that moment. There was a spark of something. And we need to consciously focus on what that something is. Ask yourself, what exactly inspired you about that performance. Maybe it was the idea of a shy woman who, is generally an introvert and never speaks out, had the courage and conviction to go out in front of a crowd and perform like magic. Maybe you connected with the fearlessness she displayed for those brief few minutes and you enjoyed watching her do something she loves and is naturally good at. Those things that you saw in your source of inspiration is actually a reflection of what you want to see in yourself. Think about that for a minute.
Think for a moment, maybe, what you saw in that person, was a mirror image of what you see yourself doing or are capable of doing. I’m not saying you’re going to go out and perform a song and blow the crowd away. But what I am saying is, you too, can have that same courage and conviction doing what you love. You too can have that same fearlessness while you approach a goal or task that you’ve always wanted to tackle.
Maybe you want to lose 50 pounds and show off your sexy new physique to the world. That confidence, courage and fearlessness that you see in someone else is what you wish to have. And you can be like that if you take the time to reflect and allow yourself to connect with your inspiration. Go deeper than that momentary high and thrill you get from observing your inspiration and start connecting and being your inspiration.
Once you’ve reflected on what it is in them that you value, appreciate and admire make a conscious effort to see how you fit in. Knowing where you stand, how you fit in and how similar you are to your inspiration is a powerful tool in your life. Your awareness of yourself will drive you to finding answers to the questions and doubts you have. By connecting, it is that much easier to act on your inspiration and follow through with actions that will help you get closer to your goals and finally be like your inspiration.
Time to reflect:
Next time you feel inspired, try connecting on a deeper level to see how similar you already are to your inspiration, then follow through and act on it. As you keep applying this technique, prepare for the magic to unfold in your life.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi