Motivation: Create From Inspiration

Motivation: Create From Inspiration

in·spi·ra·tion  

/ˌinspəˈrāSHən/

Noun

1.The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration”.

2.The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: “a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”.

 

 

What is it that motivates you?

Motivation for me comes and goes way too much lately. I have been wondering what motivates us to take action. A few weeks ago, Rhodri wrote a blog on taking action “To Act or Not to Act”. I have, and I think we all have from time to time, gone through periods when our motivation flows and wanes. Why does this happen? Frankly, it kind of pisses me off. I have thought of myself as a self-starter, one who takes action, does what it takes to get the job done. However this state of being does not sustain itself for long periods of time. I often go through periods of being lackadaisical, un-inspired and flat-out unmotivated to do anything! Call DR. Freud eh??

What is it that gives us the push to act and stay motivated? Is it fear, is it pressure from others, embarrassment, deadlines or is it passion or inspiration? I think that it probably is a combination of them all.

The fact that I don’t have any psychological credentials to my name says a lot, so take my comments with a grain of salt. However, I do think that our “finest” and most sustainable action comes from inspiration. Stick with me and allow me to present my case.

My most achieving periods came from witnessing something or someone that compelled me to act or change my current course of action. It was like something inside had no choice but to act. Acting because of fear, embarrassment, pressure from others is a response from negative stimuli. You act in a reaction to the negative. Acting from the positive, hence “inspiration”, leads to action or a change in behavior that is sustainable.  You want this. You thrive in this feeling.

So how do we create this for ourselves?

My personal take is that we need to take the time and effort to really ask internal questions first. “What is it that I want”? This is not as simple as it seems. It actually takes effort. This should be followed by outward observation by opening your eyes and ears. There are so many things, both big and small, occurring everyday that you can be inspired by. People doing the unimaginable, acts of heroism, activism, succeeding in an endeavor that we didn’t think were possible. Take the time to study how the people around you. Ask questions, Ask for instruction. Ask for their leadership and mentorship

This can lead to positive change, a new job, a healthier lifestyle, reaching new fitness goals and personal heights.

Inspiration can be elusive, but when found can be life changing..

Let us know what inspires you? Share it on our website and on the Rogue Consulting Group FB page!! We want to hear from you!

Get inspired!!!

-Jon

One comment

  1. I feel pretty lucky, as I can point to many sources of inspiration. It sounds lame, but being self employed is a big source of “creative energy”/inspiration for me. I’m fortunate enough to get to pick my projects and can stay away from the boring stuff.

    It’s not just the content of the work either. Despite often waking up at 6:30 for work, it’s *my* choice, and if I feel like leaving at 2, I can.

    Another recent, even more impactful source of drive is my newborn daughter. Everything suddenly had a new context the day she was born. Now I think about being healthy for her sake as well as my own, and it’s brought a whole new level of personal accountability to my workouts.

    My grandfather was known for walking around the house on his hands; hopefully I can be a source of inspiration for my little one some day.

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