There are all kinds of things that we want to do that we don’t seem to get around to doing. Not just getting the car washed or cleaning a closet or binge watching House of Cards. I’m talking about things that really matter to us. Things that make a difference in our lives and those around us.
Usually we trot out one of the three big excuses for why we can’t or don’t do these things. The first two excuses are time and money. If we only had more of one or both of them, we would be able to do amazing things. More on that later
It’s the really the third excuse that is the key to not only doing amazing things but also overcoming the time and money obstacle.
The biggest excuse for not getting what you want is some version of:
I don’t have enough motivation.
I’ll bet at some point you have said, “I would do that but I’m not motivated enough.” And because everyone seems to lack motivation about something, we get a lot of reinforcement from others when we say that.
Here’s the thing:
Motivation doesn’t just waltz up to your front door and ring the bell. It comes from within. Motivation grows out of a connection to what is most important to us as individuals. Other people can’t motivate you. You have to motivate yourself.
Okay you might say…but I still don’t have enough of it.
That’s when you need a little inspiration.
Inspiration comes from outside ourselves. It ignites our passions. It helps shine a light on what is meaningful to us. Other people and events inspire us.
The word “inspire” literally means to breathe life into. When we are inspired we feel like we can tackle whatever is in front of us. To quote Bette Middler, it’s the wind beneath our wings.
Inspiration leaves us with a “wow I wish I could do that” feeling. True inspiration makes us declare “I want to do that.” When we are touched by a contribution someone else is making, it gives us an insight into the kind of impact we would like to have. That doesn’t necessarily mean create world peace. It might mean live a more healthy and balanced lifestyle so you can be better in service to others.
Inspiration is actually the key to motivation. Find inspiration outside yourself and then turn it inwards and create motivation. Inspiration and motivation work in partnership with each other.
It’s hard to be motivated if you aren’t inspired.
There’s no point in inspiration if you don’t use it to motivate yourself.
Not feeling inspired lately?
Then step things up a notch. We usually don’t get inspired by everyday things. So hang out more often with people who are doing stuff that knocks your socks off. Watch movies or read books that capture BIG ideas. Go looking for inspiration. Instead of waiting for it to just happen by, go find it. When you do, your other excuses will disappear.
You see, when you are inspired and motivated, time and money are no obstacles. The conversation shifts from “I can’t because” to “How can I?” The great thing is once you are motivated, you become an inspiration to others. And so on and so on.
What was the last thing that truly inspired you?