When was the last time you made an inspired choice? Not a decision, weighing up the pros and cons then making a judgement, but a spontaneous choice, for no reason other than it inspired you?
Here are some of the signs of making an inspired choice: you are always interested in the subject matter, you feel happy to deal with the consequences, you ‘know’ it is right for you. Your passion is aroused, you feel excited, or more alive.
Inspiration exists in and is created from your imagination. Why do people get excited about their impending holidays? Because the thought of going on holiday, relaxing, and letting go of some of the things which are stressful, is inspiring for them. If you restrict your imagination, so you will limit your inspiration.
So often, the big missing in people’s lives is inspiration. I have met many managers and business owners who have well formulated plans on how to achieve a particular goal, and as they are telling me about it, they look tired – dull and jaded – like they are presenting all the things they should be doing, but don’t really want to do. Or personal clients, who are fluent in all the ways in which they could pass the exams, or lose the weight, or achieve whatever they desire, and have known this for years, yet still do not achieve what they say they want.
When inspiration for something is big enough, it will overcome all the blocks, barriers and obstacles in the way. How else did man get to the moon? Sure there was a big budget and some rockets were built, but there was also a very strong message from the then President Kennedy, who was an inspirational leader for many. He stimulated people’s imaginations.
If you are trying to create solutions by formulating ‘in order to‘ plans, and are not excited by those plans at all, have a look at them again. Pick out from them which are the bits that you would love to be involved in, given all the resources necessary. Build those pieces up and focus your energies into those areas. They are the bits that you will give of your best in, and as a result, experience the most joy and freedom. They are the bits that inspire you.
With inspiration comes simplicity. The way ahead suddenly becomes abundantly clear, and as if by magic, you start attracting more of what you want into your life.
I’ve just acquired an old surfboard, way beyond it’s use by date, and am inspired to make a garden chair from it. No reason – just becase it’s stimulating my imagination, and I think it would be fun to see if it is possible to repurpose something in making another thing completely unrelated to its original purpose. I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet, or even how it will look, but I’m inspired!
For two days, don’t act on opportunities you are presented with unless you detect a glimmer of inspiration. If you do detect that little flame, follow your inspiration and see what happens. You may be surprised and delighted with the results!