Why is it so difficult to get stuff done that we know we need to do? Taking action oftentimes eludes us, but why? Check out these 3 Reasons Your Inspiration is Broken (And How to Fix It). We’ll have you on your way to checking off those goals in no time.
Have you ever sat around and talked about all the things you’d like to do in life?
I can come up with quite a lot of ideas to put on such a list, how about you? From paying off debt to taking a trip to Europe, the list would be filled up with whims and wants.
But how often do we figure out how to motivate ourselves to take the necessary actions to accomplish these desires? It can be tough.
Have you ever asked yourself,
“What Inspires You?”
Let’s begin by defining just what inspiration means.
Inspire: Breathe Life Into
- to serve as the inciting cause; to cause to act in a specified manner; induce
- heighten or intensify; stir the feelings, emotions of peace of mind; stimulate, excite
So, okay, now we know what it means, but that doesn’t tell us why we lack inspiration does it?
Often times we are getting in our own way when it comes to reaching our goals.
These are the top 3 Reasons Your Inspiration is Broken:
- Not Setting Goals
- Feeling Overwhelmed
Not Setting Goals:
If you don’t take the time to figure out the steps necessary to achieve your goal, how can you expect to reach it? A lack of purpose or direction in your actions will have you running in circles and accomplishing very little.
- Research the necessary steps to attain the desired outcome.
- Break those steps down into doable chunks
- Write them down and check them off as you complete them – doing so will help you stay motivated.
We all want to reach our goal as quickly as possible. Often times this will lead to us trying to take on as many tasks/steps as we can to speed things along.
This will take some restraint and patience to slow yourself down and stay focused on each step.
In the end, however, you will find that it was worth slowing down and doing it right.
If you are on a time schedule, try asking others for help. This will work way better than you trying to do it all yourself.
Fear can stop you dead in your tracks.
I get it.
It can be scary to put yourself out there.
Change is scary too.
Fear can be the thing that either stops you or the thing that drives you.
Figuring out how to push through the fear and make it work for you is the key.
If you think fear is what’s stopping you, then you should check out this amazing book by Ruth Soukup called Do It Scared, it’s a game-changer.
Great. I know what’s killin’ my inspiration, now what?
Sometimes finding your inspiration will be easy other times difficult.
Here are 10 of the best ways you can find inspiration:
a. Quiet Introspection
Find a quiet place that’s somewhere you enjoy being.
Sit in a comfortable position.
Focus on your breathing – inhale, then exhale, this will help to relax your mind and body.
Now observe your surroundings – take in details you may not have noticed before. Ask yourself why you like being in this place.
Write down your thoughts at this moment – things you see, hear, smell, your feelings.
Use your notes to help you discover more about yourself and what makes you happy.
b. View the World Through a Different Lens
I’m talking about a camera lens here.
Cameras allow us to see the world around us from different perspectives. This can really alter your view figuratively and literally.
Zoom in on the tiny details. Move really close to objects to really see them clearly.
Bend down, get low. How does the world look from down here?
Take photos of what you see.
Take multiple photos of the same scene or object from different angles or points of view.
Review your photos on a larger screen when done. Find the ones that really speak to you, then ask yourself why.
c. Make a Bucket List
Brainstorm a list of things you want to do or try. Things that can be done fairly easily, but for some reason you just haven’t done them.
Now take that list and go do each thing. After doing each one write down the things you liked or disliked about the experience.
This will give you insight into what you really like, not just what society or trends want you to like.
d. Create a Vision Board
Vision boards are all the rage right now. Don’t believe me? Just go over to YouTube and take a look.
People are visualizing their dreams and making them a reality.
How does it work?
Basically, the vision board is a tool you can use as a visual reminder of what you want to accomplish.
Seeing your goals every day helps you keep them at the forefront of your mind, making them hard to just brush off.
e. Listen to Music
I know this seems pretty obvious, but hey, it still needs to be mentioned.
It takes you back in time.
Music causes you to feel all the feels.
Find a playlist of songs you love. Play them through your headphones. Close your eyes and really let the music consume you.
Now write down how the music made you feel and why.
f. Get Creative
What do you like to do as a creative outlet?
Sometimes the activity you choose tells you a lot about what inspires you.
Writing, drawing, painting, cooking, dancing, whatever it is, it speaks to you. It inspires something in you.
Spend some time doing that thing you love.
g. You Calling Me Weak?
Make a list of your weaknesses.
Be brutally honest with yourself. I know it’s difficult to see our shortcomings.
No one likes to admit that perhaps they suck at listening because they talk too much, or they are terrible at picking up after themselves.
I get it.
Do it anyway.
Now take that list and figure out how to turn those “weaknesses” into a positive strength.
Then practice making your weaknesses work for you.
h. Browse Quotes or Images Online
Search for quotes on topics you enjoy or those that are relevant to the task you are trying to achieve.
Write down the quotes you like the most, then ask yourself what it is you like about it.
Look at images of landscapes, seasons, animals, space, etc. Find the ones you are drawn to the most.
Save your favorite images in a folder on your desktop to view any time, or make one your wallpaper.
i. Read a Book
There are so many great books out there. If you love to read, maybe this is the one for you.
Browse your local library for some self-help books on topics relating to your struggles.
You just might be amazed to find the answer right there on the page.
j. New Surroundings
When we see the same roads, shops, people, and scenery every day, we kinda stop really seeing it at all.
Kinda hard to find inspiration in the monotony of our daily lives.
Maybe a change of scenery is what you need?
Take a day trip to a nearby town or if you have the means, take a weekend trip to somewhere a bit farther away.
Do some digging before your trip to find local points of interest to help make the trip more worthwhile.
Visiting a new place can help open your eyes to some amazing and inspiring sights.
There can be varying reasons why you can’t stay motivated and focused on your goals or tasks. The 3 Reasons Your Inspiration is Broken that I gave you here are likely the root cause of your lack of determination.
Thankfully, there are ways you can get that inspiration back.
Begin with one of the 10 ways listed above and continue down the line until you’ve beaten your hurdle and come out the other side inspired and ready to tackle anything life throws at you.
Have you tried any of these 10 ways to get inspired? Leave a comment below to share with us what you tried and how it helped you.
Looking for more posts like this?
Check out this post on ways you can take care of yourself so you’ll be ready when life happens.
Until Next Time…
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