Be Inspired Not Tired
“Don't let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It's your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don't let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality, not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others' prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” Roy T. Bennett
Do you feel like you are just going through the motions and nothing you truly want in life is coming to fruition? Do you feel tired and drained more often than not? Are there things you know you have to get done, but you are lacking the motivation to do them? How about changing things around so that they become "inspired actions", and not "required actions"?
One definition of inspire is "to exert an animating, enlivening or exalted influence upon". Even the definition sounds fun, does it not? I will go one further and say that it is also powerful and empowering. I call it powerful because it can create a great deal of positive energy, and empowering because you will gain control back over a situation. Can you image finding joy in everything, having life be lively and exciting on a regular basis? Inspired actions are those that you get so excited about that wild horses could not stop you from doing them and will usually flow effortlessly and quickly. Believe me, it IS possible.
How does one become inspired and create a world of inspired actions? It goes back to setting your intentions for what you want, visualizing it, getting into the feeling place "as if" it has happened exactly the way you want it and let the inspired action "come to you". Cool, huh? Sounds easy? It is. But if you get stuck, you can work backwards by focusing on what motivates you to complete your project. Is it your family, having free time to play, or perhaps just the satisfaction of having everything checked off of your "to do" list? Better yet, write down your tasks and your motivations. Things seem to become more concrete, more "real" when they are written down. These tools will help you turn a project or task into something that provides you with major inspiration. Just like our Friend James.
James was in the process of writing what he termed his "great novel." In fact, he had been in the process for four years and despite what he told his friends and family, he was not feeling very inspired. His novel had become the joke amongst his friends and the proverbial albatross around his neck. When Jack decided to set his intentions and visualize the outcome, he had a difficult time doing this. He realized that he could not get into his feeling place because the story he was writing did not fuel his passion. He could not even visualize himself completing this book. His writing had taken a wrong turn, and instead of backing up or starting over, he had felt compelled to continue because of the expectations of others. James was so surprised and energized by this realization that he immediately started outlining the book he wanted to write. Writing had become an inspired action and Jack did not feel like it was a required one.
“Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” Roy T. Bennett
So, what are you waiting for? There is NO time like the present.
Find a little quiet, turn on your favorite music, light a candle, and get busy setting those intentions to create inspired actions, make your dreams come true: plan, visualise, act..
Remember, inspired actions will make you feel alive; before, due to the planning and anticipation, during, as you will be relishing actually putting your desires to action, and after, when you are remembering the task and your feelings while it was being done.
So, get out your pen and paper and get busy, get outside and get inspired: explore, read, breathe, taste, smell, talk and embrace everything around you. The time has come to be inspired, not tired!
Created by Dayiana Oballos / Do Indie Graphic