A person running up a hill during the daytime. When Inspiration Isn’t Enough

When Inspiration Isn’t Enough

Beyond Inspiration

Sometimes we want to get something done but we just don’t find the inspiration to do it. We figure that we just haven’t got a strong enough meaning or reason to get it done, yet! Or maybe it isn’t what we really want to be doing. But then again, we know that what we are doing is what we love to do. So where is the inspiration? We are we not driven to do something?

Sounds familiar? You’ve followed all the guidance you’ve been given about finding your passion. You’ve found a meaning to why you want to do what you want to do but still that driving force to get things done, that motivation, that inspiration, seems to fail you.

It’s not all lost. Sometimes it just has to happen the other way round – you have to take action to get inspired!

Why we give up

Think about it. There are times when you have to do those manual house jobs like the washing up, clothes washing, folding the dried clothes, cleaning the house, cleaning the car… the list goes on. But all of these jobs are things that we do daily and even if we don’t always feel like doing them, we find that once we start we either don’t stop or can’t stop because we are beginning to see the fruit of our labour.

When we are building our dream we don’t always see the fruit of our labour straight away. It can take time for something to change, for the results to be seen. When we don’t see any results we become despondent and doubts creep in; you want to stop because it’s a lot of effort, it’s hard work, the money isn’t coming in.

And so most give up just a foot or three, or maybe even centimetres, from reaching their goal. All it may have needed was a last push. But they’ll never know.

Action for inspiration

So what’s the other option? It may sound counterproductive but it’s to do that thing that you’re waiting motivation and inspiration to do. In other words take action.

We’re not talking about motivation. Like Zig Ziglar said, motivation is like taking a shower – you need to do it again every so often. When you lack the ability to self motivate but rely on external motivation to do something, you procrastinate.

Procrastination isn’t just not doing something. It’s also when you decide to try something else instead of continuing on the path you’re on at the moment. I’m not saying don’t try that thing, but not right now. Right now focus on that one thing.

For example, writers. Anyone that writes for a living will find themselves in a “writers block” situation, when the inspiration to write or what to write seems to “fail them”. As I write these words it is not a matter of “I already know what’s coming next”. Okay, sometimes I do but most of the time those ideas come as I write. The biggest challenge is figuring out what to write about. The inspiration for that comes from the world around me.

The choices I had to write about today where about inspiration, manifestation or death! I chose inspiration because it’s more personal than the others. And I’ve written about both of the other two before.

Action for Inspiration

Action gets things moving. Even when there’s seems to be nothing there to act on. Take writing for example. You may not have an idea of what to write about but a word comes to mind – write it down. Then another word, write that down. They may not form a sentence but they may be bullet points or a list. Keep doing this and eventually either the words will form a sentence or a word you’ve written will give you inspiration or the combination of the words will give you inspiration. Or the word you haven’t written is the one that inspires you.

Taking action towards our dreams changes dreams into goals. And by doing something, conducting some form of action, you’ve started planning.

You’ll find that just like the cleaning jobs in the house you’ll gain inspiration and motivation to move ahead. I will add one personal caveat to this – don’t be a perfectionist. I know the excuses because I’ve used them – the “it’s not ready yet”, “I’m not happy with it”, “will it do what it’s meant to do”, “will it provide the help I want it to” and so on. You get the idea.

The point is this – do something. Act. And when you start also “Act as if”. Be the person you want to be mentally. See yourself being, doing, having the life you want. But act.

What’s next

Well, if you haven’t figured out what your next step should be then that’s what you have to do. You have to know where you are now and where you want to be. You need to have a specific outline, written down, of what you want, where you want to go and where you want to be. And incase I haven’t made it clear enough, be specific.

You don’t want to be the person that asked for a holiday in the Bahamas and ends up in a one star infested hotel because you weren’t specific about the living accommodation or how much joy you will have. Just saying!

Then take action. Decide what you’re going to do and do it. Some things may feel uncomfortable to do at first but the more you do it the less uncomfortable they get until they feel “normal”. Like using the word “No” when you get asked to do something you really can’t do and don’t have time for. That is still action. And you’re respecting yourself and your own time, yourself.

Then continue to act towards your goal. It may not always be easy and simple, but it is necessary.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Walt Disney

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Photograph by: Jeremy Lapak on Unsplash

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