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9 Reliable Ways to Get Inspired in Life
There is nothing like the long-term monotony of daily routine that will eventually bring the most inspired and creative of people to their knees.
Day after day you keep hustling but suddenly you find yourself in a rut.
Your life has become Ground Hog day!
When this happens you have to reach deep to find how to stay inspired and motivated.
For some, it may involve looking for totally new ways to stay inspired whilst for others it might be how to keep yourself inspired in different ways with whatever it is that needs to be done.
This article covers 9 reliable ideas on how to find inspiration in life when inspiration is most needed.
How to Get Inspired in Life – 9 Ways
- #1 Start by doing something
Anything. Any action itself inspires motion.
How do you do that?
Well, think of Nikes “Just do it” slogan. It resonates with millions because it is “in your face” blatantly good advice.
By using the momentum of a project that you’re already engaged in, you’re able to use your current forward motion to encourage you to keep going.
It’s the difference between the ‘carrot’ and the ‘stick.’
In the old classic analogy, to move a stubborn donkey forward you have two choices. One is to use a stick. In this case, the ‘stick’ is the old way of motivating ourselves, where we try to force ourselves into action by throwing a lot of “You must do this now” statements at ourselves.
But in starting action first, we now switch over to the ‘carrot’ or the reward.
This method of motivation is much more positive and inspiring because you’re looking at the fact that you’re already doing something and asking yourself to keep going. Think, “Hooray for me, look at how much I’ve accomplished today, let’s see how much more I can do!”
#2 Read Profiles of Successful People
You don’t need to try to do everything on your own.
Get inspiration from people who have gone through the pain and effort of what you want to accomplish.
Use their success, and more importantly, their failures, to show you how to get inspired in life.
|Read two books in the next couple of weeks about successful people. This will definitely help you to get inspired every day.
Also, consider reading a different genre to that which you are used to. This can open your mind to new possibilities. You will start to consider situations and ideas you wouldn’t have if had you not read these stories.
****Remember your “WHY”. For further inspiration on why people persist with the study – read The Benefits of Personal Development – Everybody Ought to know
#3 Open Your Eyes to People Around You
Sometimes people get so caught up in their day-to-day activities that they don’t see what others around them are doing.
Many times, these other people are doing extraordinary things, and we can use them for our own inspiration. You can do this both at work and in your community. People are always doing amazing things. It just takes some observation to see it.
Paying attention to what others around you are doing might be the inspiration needed to get out of your daily rut and join a worthy cause or do some volunteer work in your community.
#4 Revisit Your Past
Sometimes we get so caught up in staring at where we are right now that we’re failing to see the progress we’ve already made.
Taking the time to recall the steps along the way that you’ve already accomplished goes a long way toward inspiring you, especially when you see how far you’ve already come.
Most people have accomplishments they have forgotten about so remind yourself of other projects you’ve finished.
You’ve done great things before; you can do them again!
Even if you haven’t done something similar in the past, chances are you’ve taken on some project that had multiple steps to achieve a goal.
Looking at those kinds of accomplishments reminds you that you can accomplish big things – and have.
Sometimes, just thinking about them can inspire you to tackle something new.
#5 Keep a Journal
You never know when your muse is going to pay you a visit. When you get an inspiring idea, if you don’t write it down, you will forget.
It can be something as simple as a small notebook with a pen attached. You could also use a smart device for this purpose.
|Start and maintain a journal that contains random thoughts and ideas. Every time you think of something, write it down in this journal. It doesn’t matter what it is or how silly it seems.
When needing a bit of inspiration look to your journal. It might just contain the ONE new thing that inspires you today.
#6 Create an Inspiring Morning Routine
Instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, create a morning routine that will automatically help you get inspired every day.
One of the secrets of success for those who are highly successful in life and business is a morning routine. It doesn’t need to be complex and it certainly doesn’t have to be time-consuming to create or follow.
In the beginning, it will require a commitment from you to planning it and then to practicing it daily until it becomes a habit that happens without you having to consciously work on it.
The morning routine of the most motivated and organized folks generally includes the following elements:
- Early Start
- Positive Visualization and Affirmations
- Nutrition and Hydration
#7 Break Your Habitual Boring Routines
If you interrupt your brain from its normal way of thinking, it will think in ways you have never thought about before.
Try to step outside your comfort zone. Do activities that you, and others, would not consider normal for you. When you do this, you are causing your brain to generate new neural pathways. Try some of these methods to become inspired:
- Change your commute time and route to work.
- Take a class that features something you enjoy or have always wanted to do. I recommend this course.
- Go on a mini-adventure and do something challenging and never done before.
- Make new friends. Socialize with different people and hang out at different places rather than your old haunts.
Breaking your routine can energize your body and mind and motivate and inspire you to get out of your shell and your rut.
#8 Use What You Watch as Inspiration
Turn the news off – the media is designed to feed your mind with fear, lack, and feelings of gloom.
Instead, find videos, documentaries, and movies that are inspirational or teach something. There are plenty of stories about people who have overcome adversity. This gets the creative process flowing.
(Recommended: The Pursuit of Happyness)
Alternatively, watch the great science and travel channels to help inspire you to create a bucket list for your future adventures.
|Find a TED Talk on inspiration or a subject you have wanted to know more about. You can find plenty of TED Talks on YouTube.
Not in the mood for serious stuff? A good comedy or stand-up comedian can help shift your mood and inspire you in no time.
#9 Change Your View
This could be as simple as working in a different room in the house, working from a coffee shop, or just getting yourself outside into nature for a while.
Too often we think we are too busy to take breaks when in fact it might just be what is needed to find your inspiration again.
Like our moods, our feelings of inspiration and motivation will fluctuate. The clever thing to do is to have a bag of tricks ready to use when this happens instead of staying stuck and feeling uninspired.
Not all things work for all people so it will be a bit of trial and error to find what gets you inspired in life. Perhaps simply learning to find the good in every new day will be all the inspiration needed.
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