We all look for it, we all use it and we all need it at some time or another, but how do we get it? Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Let’s be honest, being inspired feels pretty damn good. We feel charged up and excited when something triggers our creativity. So knowing all of this, why is it that often times we look to external sources and outside ourselves to gain motivation. In this post I’d like to challenge and encourage you to stop looking outside the window for inspiration and start looking into the mirror.
Mindfulness helps you search inside yourself. It’s your mind just being. It’s you paying attention moment-to-moment without judging. You may find that this silences brings some discomfort, but also pay attention to the headspace it brings. It is scary to face your true feelings, thoughts and emotions. It’s not always easy to be honest with yourself. It’s a difficult reality when you realize that what you’re currently doing isn’t working and that you need to change some things. This is not an overnight fix. Getting in touch with yourself is a lifelong journey and it takes work.
If you’re lacking confidence, get it back. If you’re disappointed with the way you’ve been eating, make a change. If there’s something on your mind that you need to get out, share it. But whatever it is, do it mindfully and thoughtfully. Be silent with yourself so you can find the inspiration you’ve been yearning for. Many times we’re so busy searching, hoping and wanting that we skip all of the steps necessary to come to a peaceful and joyful existence. We look to others for opinions and direction and forget that our own opinions and aspirations count for more than we give them credit for. Getting in touch with yourself will ultimately be the driver of your success.
In doing this, nothing seems impossible, your vision becomes clearer and you start living your life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to create your own path, make mistakes and celebrate your successes. Make time to love and care for yourself so that when you need a little boost you’re the one who helps pick yourself back up. Search inside yourself for strength, passion and acceptance. Motivational speaker Les Brown agrees, he says, “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
The only way to get inside your own head is to clear it. Sit in the silence, practice yoga or meditation and be mindful in your everyday tasks. Giving to and helping others reminds us that human connections are what’s really important in life, not things, stuff, money and power. Gratitude will inspire you to do more, be better and rise up to life’s challenges. Let that be your inspiration. Get involved and stay present in your own life. Watch yourself grow and shine with newfound confidence, love and happiness. Focus on what’s important to you. Focus on your goals and aspirations. Learn to look inside for inspiration, and if nothing else, love yourself.