How do you define inspiration?
Many of my client’s struggle with increasing motivation as they become suffocated by current life stressors. Be it break ups, grief/loss, career changes, health/wellness challenges, parenting parents, etc…they have become lifeless, paralyzed, and lost.
While hiking this past week, it dawned on me how much deeper and clearer my breathing had become. I remember taking a mental note; when I’m pressured and stressed I hold my breath more…but when I’m out in nature, I am relaxed and can feel the air fill my lungs with each breath.
I am inspired
One way to define “inspire” is: to breath life into.
I work with supporting my client’s in discovering new ways of continuously breathe new life into whatever it is they are doing.
I want to encourage you to look at your next challenge (or the one you’re currently facing now) as inspiration.
“You didn’t “lose” your motivation. You simply stopped focusing on what you are fighting for.
A few tips for keeping you inspired and motivated, even when you’re feeling your most stuck:
- Return to your “why”. Know why you do what you do, make sure it matters deeply to you because it will help give you life and strength during any challenge.
- Change your beliefs about what’s possible. Open your eyes to endless possibilities no matter how silly or out of reach they may seem now. We have no control over our future.
- Change your limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are our biggest saboteur. What you believe, you will continue to strive for.
- Spend more time in your values. These provide you with daily inspiration. For example; I value the outdoors, animals, my health, learning new things, challenging myself…these things inspire me, and therefore I seek new ways of doing this constantly.
- Surround yourself with catalyst. Be your best coach versus your worst critic; and find relationships that do the same.
- Develop positive feedback loops. Keep things relevant and focus on attainable insights versus getting stuck in all the “what if’s”.
- Create attainable goals. Word your goals in an action plan form, “I am…” is my favorite.
I can remember countless times throughout the last year and half where I would have rather laid myself under a rock and died; hit and avoided the heaviness of the world. But, I found that by having these 7 key things in place…my challenges seemed a to have a little lighter of a grip around my throat! 🙂