To Inspire Or Be Inspired?
Coming from an inspired place or coming with the intention to inspire. Which sounds more pleasing?
Focus On What’s Right = What Is Within Your Power?
I realize that to say what’s right for you is completely bias, so I wish to clarify. But I’d like to think – in my ideal world – that we all know at some level that chasing things that are frankly outside of our control (we may be able to influence at best) but – metaphorically speaking – it’s much more difficult to steer other people in an effective direction if our vehicle is our of gas. It’s a good idea that we fill our tank up first and lead by example.
So, tying this all into inspiration – on one side, the power is internal meaning that this is under your control. You have the good fortune of deciding how inspired you are day in and day out. For instance, I can generate more inspiration by becoming more self-aware through assessing and designing my life’s values, creating a vision, writing out all of the qualities I am committed to embodying, journaling to separate one day from the next, there are so many ways to be inspired and I can’t tell you what inspires you. You know what does and you’d be able to find many more ways to generate inspiration by getting into new situations, especially ones that scare you – not because they are dangerous – but because you fear the opinion of others.
Outside of your power
On the other side, you have little control over other people’s opinions, which include their STATE and therefore how inspired they will be, especially when you are lacking inspiration yourself. This just takes everything back to the foundation and primal motive, which is often taken for granted.
I’ve been wanting to inspire others out of this need to feel important. It hasn’t left me either. And I will always have a need to feel significant. It’s human nature, but it doesn’t have to be the most important need of mine. Nor does it have to be for you. I am aware enough to know that I am not that special, meaning that I know I am not the only person who feels like constantly wanting to be important and doing things with the main intention to gain importance can be a setback.
The challenge of disrupting habits out of a need to feel important
This has been a battle for me over the past 4 years, cycling over and over again. I may come back into the realization that trying to inspire people is a lost cause that causes friction because it’s being forced, but then habits fall back into place when I am not paying attention to my intention.
These past 3 months have been so valuable to me because I am spending time on the things I can control, and this has helped me to move forward (generating RPM), decreasing overwhelm, even though it’s still there.
The truth is that I can’t inspire you. That’s up to you. But I can continue to inspire myself my doing things that I love to do, asserting myself in activities that scare me yet I know they will promote massive growth, aligning with people that have big visions, learning new strategies, and then taking time to stop and apply, and the payoff here is far greater because it feels so amazing to do things that inspire me – and this is entirely up to me. And from this point, my cup becomes full and I am able to give more in every way, both big and small. And the icing is that perhaps, this becomes inspirational to others in the process J
So, before you tell anybody that they SHOULD be DOING this or that, reflect for a moment and check to see what it is you’re DOING day in and day out.
Time to get to walking now.