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36,900,000 Results When Searching for “How to Stay Inspired”

February 6th, 2018 Posted by Blog Post, Inspiration, Uncategorized, Vision 2 thoughts on “36,900,000 Results When Searching for “How to Stay Inspired””

If you enter “how to stay inspired” into your search engine, it will net about 36,900,000 results.

You’d think with so many people, organizations and articles out there to help us get or stay inspired, we’d find it much easier to do so. But the hard truth about inspiration is that while finding it is comparatively easy, keeping it is relatively difficult.

We gleefully make resolutions and promises to ourselves, saying things like, “This year, I am REALLY going to get in shape!”

We go to seminars with leading gurus, buy their books and courses, then run out with our arms raised, declaring, “I’m gonna do it!”

We watch TED videos, Shark Tank, and SuperSoul Sunday and exclaim, “I’m going to make a difference!

Aaaaannnnnndddd thennnnnnnn….we don’t

Why is it so hard to remain inspired (and motivated)?

An article at Care2 entitled 5 Reasons Why Motivation is Difficult to Sustain provides an interesting list of reasons it is hard to stay motivated. Even though inspiration and motivation are two different things, they are related, so we will list the 5 here as follows:

  1. No plan
  2. Distractions
  3. Drawbacks
  4. Negative motivation
  5. Extrinsic motivation (depend on outside world to reap rewards on you)

But here is what we think is the real reason it is hard to remain inspired

As discussed in a previous post, motivation is external and compels you to do something. Inspiration is internal – something you feel.

(see Where Do You Find Inspiration?).

The real reason that inspiration can be fleeting is because it’s a feeling – and feelings are naturally fleeting. Generally speaking, feelings can hit us with great intensity. Later the intensity fades – perhaps entirely, perhaps not, but it usually fades.

Maybe it isn’t important to remain inspired

If feelings are naturally fleeting, perhaps trying hard to hold on to inspiration is futile.

Perhaps, rather than spending hundreds and thousands of dollars and hours on the inspirational products of the inspirational gurus, we spend our resources REMEMBERING what inspired us, as opposed to PRESERVING the feeling.

It isn’t as difficult as you might think

When you feel inspired, remember, it is a feeling and it will fade. Before it has faded too deeply, write it down. Capture things like:

  • What were you inspired to do?
  • How did that feel?
  • What were you doing when it hit you?
  • Who were you with?
  • What were you thinking or thinking of?
  • What were some other circumstances surrounding you at the time?

Now use that to write a purpose statement. This isn’t WHAT you are going to do. This is WHY you are going to do it.

In business, it is foundational to have a Vision Statement, a Mission Statement, and a Purpose Statement. Vision is how you see things in the future, preferably as a result of what you do. Mission is in fact what you do. But purpose is why you do it.

The same types of statements can be useful in your personal life.

Once you have a vision, mission and purpose statement, put them in reverse order (purpose, mission, and vision). This becomes your elevator pitch for whatever you are doing – and it always starts with your purpose, which is founded in your inspiration.

Say it often. Start your day with it. Start your presentations with it. Start your meetings with it.

Don’t cheapen it or make it a rote statement, but use it often enough to remind yourself and others of what you felt in that moment of inspiration, even though the intensity of the feeling itself may have faded.

This will in turn help keep you motivated, even if no longer inspired.

How do you stay motivated when you just don’t wanna?

April 18th, 2017 Posted by Blog Post, Inspiration 0 thoughts on “How do you stay motivated when you just don’t wanna?”

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How do you stay motivated? Do you have a few tricks?

There is an old adage that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. I’m generally an optimist, but with a heavy dose of realism and a hint of skepticism, so I tend to believe that even the most motivated of the motivated who love what they do so much they just burst from so much sun shining up their butts have days in which they’d just rather not.

Staying motivated when you’re emotionally drained from something outside of work

Work can actually be a distraction from the noise and drama surrounding your personal life. Treat it that way. Try very hard not to bring that drama in to the workplace and try very hard not to be a part of workplace drama.

If you think of work as an escape from that very personal emotional stuff, it can become a bit of a safe-haven that you want to protect. Just don’t make it such an escape that you spend all of your time there, and none of it dealing with the outside drama and emotions.

Staying motivated when you literally just don’t feel well

If you can, and you have the option, work from home. If you can’t work from home, take a day off. Your not feeling well could be emotional, but it could also be that you are carrying around some kind of bug that your co-workers and customers don’t want, so be mindful of that as well.

If you’re suffering from the brown-bottle flu, suck it up, Buttercup, and get to work.

Staying motivated when you are burned out

You might love your company/employer. You might even love your job – usually. But sometimes, you just get burned out on it and need a break.

If that happens, volunteer for special projects or to cross-train in another area. Something, anything that productively breaks the monotony of doing the same things every day.

If that is really not an option, flip your focus. Start thinking of the things you could do outside of work that excite you and then begin thinking of work as not just a way to pay the bills and eat, but a way to fund those interesting activities.

You might even have to keep telling yourself, “I’m doing THIS because I love doing THAT.” Maybe it will help take the sting out.

And remember, we all need a break now and then. It doesn’t have to be the expensive vacation you see your friends posting about on Facebook. But take a break from work. Use the vacation time you’ve earned, even if all you plan to do with it is sit in the backyard sipping on an ice cold beverage of your choice.

Set goals and write them down

All of the feel-good gurus out there will tell you to set goals for yourself – and with good reason. Science backs up the claim that if you set goals and write them down, you are much more likely to stay motivated enough to achieve them.

And that’s really what Business is ART is all about (ART = Articulate, Revise, Track). Articulate what you want (goals, objectives and actions). Revise your plans as you move along. Track your progress so that you can make better, more informed decisions – and reward yourself and your stakeholders for achieving those goals and objectives.

How do you stay motivated?

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