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Monday, 6 May 2013


Have you ever found yourself in that place of being uninspired?  Not inspired to exercise, diet, create something, be sexy, find a new job (or make your current job buzz), be the life and soul of anything, cook, entertain.....It happens to all of us at some time.  The problem is, the longer you leave it, the deeper inertia sets in.  Then one day you discover that you have become overweight, bland, ordinary, resigned, boring or whatever other labels you have put on yourself, and it's even harder to find inspiration.  The hole simply gets deeper the longer you allow yourself to wallow.

Lack of inspiration is insidious, allowing mediocrity to sneak up like the proverbial thief in the night, robbing us of our very essence and spirit.  What's the way out?

Start by setting a goal.  (A vision or purpose may be too challenging when you're in an uninspired place.)  It needs to be short-term, realistic, measurable (so you know when you've achieved it), time-based and, most importantly, must bring about one change that you want in your life.  One thing, no matter what it is, that will mean something to you and improve the quality of your life somehow.  Tidying that desk/garage/study; having a make-over (or even just tidying yourself up somehow); finding one way to make yourself more efficient or productive; choosing (or resuming) a hobby; going for a walk or a jog; starting a diary; and so many more possibilities....

Then do it.  No excuses, no fuss: like Nike, just do it.  The next step is to acknowledge yourself for what you achieved.  Feel your grateful for the change in your life and see the value that you brought (and can keep bringing to) your life.

When you're done, try another one.  And another, and another...until you break the inertia and get going again.  The more successes you have, the more you will reunite yourself with your inspired self and start getting truly purposeful.

1 comment:

    Such a simple way to measure yourself. Just returning from hospital (for the second time)after months of facing the debilitating symptoms of ulcerative colitis, it is so easy to look back and see how I let go of so many parts of my daily life and joy as my dis-ease ravaged my body and my mind shut down. Just the simple act of going outside into the garden, once a day, for at least 5 minutes becomes an effort, and it is easy to measure if I achieved my result - I either went outside or I didn't. One step at a time. Today I did go outside and felt a connection with "normal" and life. I am grateful for medicine, my doctors and family and friends who support me unconditionally. Thanks Andrew - always a source of inspiration. Anne


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