what inspires you?
Inspiration is often sought externally. We get inspired by other people, their thoughts, their deeds, their comments and in some cases by being who they are – I rewatched Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon this evening.
it is a great story in that it shows how Nelson Mandela was able to inspire others to go beyond what they thought possible. It showed what leadership is about. Getting others to do what they didn’t think possible.
I think in lots of cases people look at inspiration as similar to motivation. The difference is that no one can motivate you… Motivation is an internal function.
Therefore, the two can be linked, in that I am motivated to act because I was inspired by something or somebody to act.
To maintain the rage though consistently is more about your motivation. Otherwise, if you need to continually be inspired by external factors, it gets either very expensive to afford the training/seminars/coaching, etc or in terms of the time that others need to spend inspiring you to act they may get tired and not see the benefit if you can’t keep going on your own.
Most successful people will get their inspiration, then use that to motivate them long term. They build their dreams/goals/aspirations and follow them. Often times they need replenishment in terms of a shot of inspiration, or like many great people their dreams/goals/aspirations are visited frequently to maintain the internal motivation to pursue their burning desires.
As we have discussed on this blog on a few occasions, this is where the average person falls down.
They spend little if any time working out what they really desire. Instead they pursue temporary targets such as holidays or material goods (cars, boats, houses) in the hope that that will fulfil them and unfortunately for many people, they find out too late that this is not what they were really after.
As Henry David Thoreau stated, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them”.
it is never too late to become who you were meant to be. Unfortunately for many people they are so worried about what other people think of them that they are scared to pursue their true dreams, in the hope that they will get the approval of others by conforming.
As Earl Nightingale shared in the audio “The Strangest Secret”, “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is CONFORMITY”.
Why does it seem easier in the short term to be a sheep, and follow the crowd, rather than follow your own dreams and be who you were meant to be.
Unfortunately, for many as in the first quote, this path leads to a destination based on mediocrity and under achievement.
Seek out your dreams, live your life as it was meant to be lived.
For many this is a scary thought as it means going against the crowd.
In my opinion, there is a groundswell in many areas, where people are starting to work against what we have been told is the way to a happy and successful life. People are starting to take more responsibility for where their lives are heading.
This is great, because a rising tide lifts all ships. As some begin to rise and then take others with them, they will eventually show many, many more people what is possible.
With the advent of the personal computer, internet and social media, the speed with which transformational messages can spread is reducing the time for real and material change to take place.
If you are interested in finding out more, there is a dearth of information available and I would be happy to direct you to some places to start.
have a great week.
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