Hey Abundance Seeker,
I want to talk about inspiration today and I’m gonna share a quick story.
Many years ago I dated this guy named Chris. I was a recent college grad looking forward to what I hoped would be a long and rewarding career. I hoped to be promoted often, move up in the ranks until I was the Executive Director of a governmental agency or large non-profit. My dream was to be a highly educated, well-paid executive professional. And when I met Chris, I was just starting out on that road.
Chris was about 8 years older than me and was in a very different place in his life. He was a young professional with 10 years in at an insurance company but he felt trapped, dejected, and demoralized. He had been promoted several times and made really good money, yet it was not enough for him.
I was hopelessly optimistic. And my optimism was compounded by my lack of experience. While I thought he was in an ideal situation- young, six figures, job security- he had had enough.
Chris’s breaking point came when his favorite uncle was killed in a horrible car accident. He died relatively young and Chris lamented that the uncle never got to do any of the things he wanted to do with his life. Chris was really affected by that and decided that was all the wake up call he needed.
He made a decision to quit and strike it out on his own by starting his own business because he figured life was too short to spend in a job he hated even though it paid well.
I thought he was being emotional and was making an unwise rash decision based on his grief and I told him so. But true to his word, Chris quit his job soon after that. We ended up breaking up. We tried to make it work, but in the end we just saw our lives going in different ways.
I don’t know what ended up happening with Chris, and I hope that his venture was successful. After having worked on the track that I was so zealous about then, I see how naive I truly was. And now of course, I have been where Chris was.
And I now know that Chris was absolutely right to go after his dream.
Life is too short to endure being miserable. The world is too big and filled with too many possibilities and opportunities to force yourself to do that.
Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to your full potential? Or like you took a wrong turn somewhere and can’t really figure out how you got on your current track?
Maybe you even fought really hard to get where you are, but now that you’re actually here, it’s not exactly what you thought it’d be. So now you just feel trapped with no options.
And perhaps you currently work a crappy job that doesn’t even begin to tap into your superpowers.
This is a rut. And it is deeply psychological.
If you are not careful, you may find yourself believing that your life will always be like this.
Say it with me:
As you saw in Chris’s case, the first step to getting yourself out of a rut is to find inspiration. And it doesn’t have to be something tragic like the death of a loved one. The good news is that inspiration is all around us. We just have to take the time to notice.
Here’s how to tap into all of the inspiration that surrounds you every day.
Be still and soak it all in
We get messages and signs all the time. Often though, we are too busy or overwhelmed to see or recognize them. Carve out small bits of time to be still and see what comes to you. Do this regularly and you’ll be surprised to see how clearly your soul speaks to you. Whether it is prayer, meditation, long walks, running. Make it a habit to allow yourself to get into a mind space that will allow you to be calm and see what comes to you.
There are some situations that I know will always inspire me. Every single time Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, or Maze featuring Frankie Beverly come to my town, I drop everything and go. Because their shows inspire the hell out of me. There is something so inspiring about seeing people who are so great at what they do and truly enjoy it. You can see their joy exuding from them while in their element. And it gives me life!! It makes me want to get mine, too. I leave these shows feeling joyous, awed, and inspired. Find and seek out people, places, art, etc that you know you will be able to gain inspiration from.
Sometimes inspiration comes from doing and creating. Do you have a hobby or skill that you practice regularly that allows you to use different parts of your brain? If you don’t, maybe you should. To create something means that you made something that did not exist. You used what you had around you to create something new. Creative action then, allows you to see things around you as tools and ingredients for your creation. So put yourself in a creative space and watch the inspiration flow!
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