We often look to others for inspiration…
We watch Youtube videos,
We read books,
We love quotes & Ted Talks.
But what about you?
When was the last time you were inspired by YOU?
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” – Tony Robbins
Think of a time you have inspired yourself. Many times when we complete goals we inspire ourselves. Running 10 miles for the first time, getting a great test score, reaching an ideal weight, winning a competition, getting a nice, hard-earned paycheck: all of these things help motivate us to continue. They can inspire us to push forward.
That’s the thought of the day – to be your own inspiration and motivation. Sure, we still may need an outside nudge to stay inspired in the long-term, but certainly we can each do one thing to inspire ourselves.
“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett
I’ve found the easiest way for me personally to inspire myself is by setting a goal that I genuinely want to accomplish, sharing it with people that are close to me, and then going out and achieving it. I find that by telling my significant other, my family, or my close friends, I feel more obligated to achieve the goal. And once I do, I have someone to celebrate and share that success with, which motivates me to continue.
I recently wrote the article: Can You Help One?. As I was writing it, I decided that if I was going to ask all of you to help those around you, that I needed to step up myself. I made the (public) goal to volunteer and help a local organization in the short-term.
Disclaimer: Prior to that article, I had seen different opportunities to volunteer and had made mental notes to eventually volunteer and help, but I still hadn’t done it.
By writing out my goal and sharing it with all of you, I suddenly felt like I needed to accomplish it. It moved from an eventual “I’d like to help sometime” to a “I need to help now”. I’m happy to say that with your support, I was successful this weekend in fulfilling my goal. In the process, I even inspired myself!
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London
I will be continuing to help this organization 1-2 times per month for the near future. I will write a separate article about this opportunity and will make sure to take photos to share with each of you.
Also, by being a part of this new experience, I’ve inspired myself to keep going and now have new ideas. One of the ideas I have is to eventually set up a Quick Me Ups [QMU] fundraiser and to work with a local, reliable non-profit to deliver that help.
I suddenly had the idea that QMU could continue on the path of using words to uplift you, but also actions. To go out and make a tangible, positive change in the world and share it with all of you. After this weekend I have new, ambitious ideas about how during my short time on this earth, I can grow my positive impact in different way than I had previously realized.
All of this happened because I took myself out of my comfort zone. This happened because I made a goal, shared it with you, went out and accomplished it. By taking this action, I inspired myself to continue forward even more ambitiously. Thank you for your support and motivation, you inspire me.