Hands up how many of you are feeling inspired today?
I am hoping that each of you has a hand firmly raised in the air, but seeing as I can’t see you, I am going to assume that some of you do, and some of you don’t (if your hand is raised you can lower it now. Thanks for playing.)
In my coaching business, I have come across mainly two types of people – those who are constantly inspired, filled to the brim with ideas and opportunities that they just don’t know where to start, and then those who don’t remember the last time they felt passionate or inspired by anything at all.
BOTH situations can be challenging for various reasons. Lacking inspiration and drive can lead to a serious lack in motivation for life. You go through each day, same old, not really working towards any sort of purpose, wondering what this whole ‘life’ thing is all about. Sound familiar?
OR you rush through each day, with so many ideas and opportunities, feeling totally stressed out and overwhelmed by all of the options, that you don’t act on ANY of them because you barely know where to start.
I have firmly sat in BOTH categories, and neither are a fun time.
BUT a book changed all that for me. After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I looked at inspiration and creativity in an entirely different way. Number one, it is my responsibility to create SPACE to be creative and to feel inspired. Yes, there are moments where waves of inspiration rush over me seemingly out of nowhere, but if I wanted MORE of those waves, it was time for me to create more space.
So now, as part of my morning ritual, I spend 10 minutes every morning with my laptop open, writing whatever words come to mind. You may have seen me start introducing more of my fictional writing on my Instagram page. These words are a result of that SPACE. Yes, there are some mornings I don’t know what to write, and couldn’t care less about sitting down and writing, but because I am more committed to the act of creating and feeling inspired than I am about quitting, this practice has allowed me to show up REGARDLESS of whether I am feeling inspired or not.
The other thing that really left a mark on me is that, if you have an inspired thought or idea and don’t act on it, chances are that idea is going to eventually leave you for someone else. Someone who WILL act on it. How many of you can relate? You think of a great idea, put it on the ‘save that for later’ list and before you know it, someone else is launching your baby. But there really is no one else to blame but yourself, yes?
This happened to me twice recently. The most recent was an ebook idea I had been toying with for 12 months now. I knew it was a good idea, but for whatever reason wasn’t feeling motivated enough to act on the inspiration I felt (maybe fear was holding me back, or maybe a little bit of procrastination. I actually don’t quite know.). Last week a fellow coach launched the EXACT ebook idea and I knew my inspiration had found itself a new home. It had reached its used by date with me.
This got me thinking SERIOUSLY about all of the ideas and opportunities I have pushed to the side for no particular reason. Feeling inspired is a GIFT. And by creating space for it, I have been receiving suggest of inspiration every day.
Which is why I am no longer waiting to act on them. It’s time to grab hold of them and run – which is why I am SO incredibly excited to announce the launch of SOUL READS – a global online book club and passion project run by myself and my beautiful friend Kate Johnston from @Korewellbeing. Our goal is to create a space where you can read (along with us), share (your insights and ours) and connect (with likeminded individuals and your soul).
This has been an idea of ours for some time now, and along with a few very obvious signs sent our way over the last couple of weeks (thanks Universe) – we decided that this wave of inspiration was far too big to ignore. So we are riding it!
If you would like to join our online community, please feel free to do so here: eepurl.com/cy_gZf
Each fortnight we will announce a new book we will be reading, which you can read along with us. We will be hosting regular webinars to discuss the books topics, and giving you tips on how to implement the teachings into your daily life – along with heaps of other AWESOME things we have up our sleeves. The best bit? It is totally free, and you don’t even need to leave your bedroom if you don’t want to.
Life is far too short not to acknowledge the incredible ways you can contribute your ideas to the world. Yes, you. Where are you holding back your inspiration right now? And how can you create more space to bring it into your daily life?