These days it can feel like we’re on an inspiration roller coaster. One minute we are able to see silver linings everywhere and we’re seizing the opportunities for growth, and the next we feel like we couldn’t come up with a new idea if it hit us over the head.
One thing that can help keep things more balanced, is to have sources for quick inspiration top of mind. Since what actually inspires each of us is so personal, it is up to us to find those things and act on them when needed. For example, a speaker who really gets me fired up, might induce a major eye roll from you. Or a 10-minute meditation might open the creative floodgates for you and simply quiet the mind of someone else. If you can identify a short list of things that really inspire YOU, you’ll be prepared the next time you need a little wind in your sails.
Whenever you are in need of an inspiration injection, here are some ideas that may help...
As important as it is to unplug from time to time, when our devices give us access to people and music that elevate our mood, boost our energy, or shift our perspective, utilizing them is a no-brainer. There are so many incredible motivational speakers and podcasts at our fingertips. We love Oprah’s SuperSoul podcast because, well because she’s Oprah, but also because the interviews ground us, and we feel better after listening to them. Find a great podcast that inspires you, and when you need it, listen up! For something even faster, keep a playlist with a few of your favorite upbeat songs that you can listen to when you’re feeling a little flat.
Take a Look
Sometimes all you need to do to be awe-inspired is to take a walk in nature. You don’t need to be standing at the top of the Grand Canyon to experience the wonder of natural beauty. Wake up early and take in the sunrise or find the best spot in your town to watch the sunset. Go outside for lunch and look for images in the clouds, or go to a park on a moonless night and peer up at the countless stars. It doesn’t take much time at all to marvel at the inspiration around us everyday.
Identify Your Hero
Who is someone that can always seem to lift your spirit or help recalibrate your personal compass? Do you have a mentor? A great friend or family member who is always up for a pep talk? Is there someone who’s personal journey you can reflect upon, that will really get you motivated again? Whoever that is for you, keep them in your Favorites list!
MOVE that body
There is nothing better than getting your body moving for a quick energy boost or to get that brain energy flowing. Stand up. Change rooms. Walk around the block. Dance. Change what your body is doing and it will change what your mind is doing immediately.
Try Something New
Because of Covid, we have been given some additional space and time...we just have to decide what to do with it. If you feel tired, rest. If you are feeling anxious or sad, give yourself a moment to feel those things. AND, we can also take the initiative to be inspired by the new opportunities all around us. Trying something new turns on the part of our brains that generates other new ideas as well. Now is the time to act on something you are curious about. What is something new you can do with your time?
Grab a Book (and read it)
With more time at home, we have really jumped back into reading, and there is no shortage of wonderful books to help inspire! We love “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho, “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown, “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor, and “Brave Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. And with Audiobooks, even if you can’t seem to find the time to sit and read, you can still be inspired by listening to a book while you’re getting other things done.
If these things don’t really sound like your jam, what does? It doesn’t matter what things are on your shortlist, it’s how energized you are by them. Try a few out, pay attention to how you feel while you are doing them, and more importantly, how you feel after. It will quickly become clear what the best ways to boost your engine are...and there is no need to overthink it. Make note of what works, and rely on that whenever you need a little dose of inspiration.
It might not always feel like it, but the best source for inspiration is YOU!