We all look for it, we all use it and we all need it at some time or another, but how do we get it? Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Let’s be honest, being inspired feels pretty damn good. We feel charged up and excited when something triggers our creativity. So knowing all of this, why is it that often times we look to external sources and outside ourselves to gain motivation?
I challenge and encourage you to stop looking outside the window for inspiration and start looking into the mirror.
Mindfulness helps you search inside yourself. It’s your mind just being. It’s you paying attention moment-to-moment without judging. You may find that this silences brings some discomfort, but also pay attention to the headspace it brings. It’s scary to face your true feelings, thoughts and emotions. It’s not always easy to be honest with yourself. It’s a difficult reality when you realize that what you’re currently doing isn’t working and that you need to change some things. This is not an overnight fix. Getting in touch with yourself is a lifelong journey and it takes work.
If you’re lacking confidence, get it back. If you’re disappointed with the way you’ve been eating, make a change. If there’s something on your mind that you need to get out, share it. But whatever it is, do it mindfully and thoughtfully. Be silent with yourself so you can find the inspiration you’ve been yearning for. Many times we’re so busy searching, hoping and wanting that we skip all of the steps necessary to come to a peaceful and joyful existence. We look to others for opinions and direction and forget that our own opinions and aspirations count for more than we give them credit for. Getting in touch with yourself will ultimately be the driver of your success.
In doing this, nothing seems impossible, your vision becomes clearer and you start living your life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to create your own path, make mistakes and celebrate your successes. Make time to love and care for yourself so that when you need a little boost you’re the one who helps pick yourself back up. Search inside yourself for strength, passion and acceptance. Motivational speaker Les Brown agrees, he says, “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
The only way to get inside your own head is to clear it. Sit in the silence, practice yoga or be mindful in your everyday tasks. Giving to and helping others reminds us that human connections are what’s really important in life, not things, stuff, money and power. Gratitude will inspire you to do more, be better and rise up to life’s challenges. Let that be your inspiration. Get involved and stay present in your own life. Watch yourself grow and shine with newfound confidence, love and happiness. Focus on what’s important to you. Focus on your goals and aspirations.
Girl On Fire is a song by Alicia Keys, and I love it! Keys wrote a letter to her fans explaining what the song means, it’s quite inspiring and fits well within the theme of my blog and this post, so thought I’d share…
In Keys’ letter to her fans, she writes:
Girl On Fire is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts. It’s about finding your own inner strength and channeling it in a way you’ve never tried before. To be “on fire” is to allow yourself the freedom to take full control of who you are and how you want to live your life. To live your passion and shine your light unabashedly!! It’s that moment you choose to claim your power and be extraordinary! With this album, I hope to empower you in the way you have me… I hope to move you to be your own phenomenal self in life. Thank you for your tremendous support throughout my career and for being a part of my journey as an artist. I’m so proud to share Girl On Fire with you all. I can’t contain the flame!!!! Never contain yours!!!
This song is awesome in so many ways. The lyrics encourage you to love yourself the way you are and let your unique light shine bright. The message conveys that strength and courage come from the inside and the only person who can create your own happiness is you. When you ground yourself in your beliefs and charge forward with confidence you become unstoppable, no matter what the hardship.
Keys states, “To be “on fire” is to allow yourself the freedom to take full control of who you are and how you want to live your life.” Don’t let others sway your decisions, opinions, goals and dreams. Stay true to who you are and whoever wants to support you in that journey will be by your side. Your passion is your light and taking control of your life is your freedom. Don’t ever let anyone take that away from you.
To empower means to make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights. I hope I can help do that for you the way Keys did that for her audience. Thinking about and taking care of “me” first is not selfish. Loving yourself gives you strength and endurance to reach your goals, take new risks, grow relationships and take care of others. Learn to look inside for inspiration and strength. Practice loving who you are and be kind to yourself. Never let anyone dull your sparkle.
Katie Carlson is a seasoned professional with skills and experience in education, training, event planning, social media, blogging, technology, marketing and customer service.
In her free time she loves playing soccer, golfing, running, cooking, volunteering, reading, traveling, having dinner with friends, being creative, writing, engaging in stimulating conversation, going to the beach, sunshine and of course, blogging. She resides in Chicago with her loving husband, James.
Katie created The Social Being721 in order to make sure she practices what she preaches and takes time each day to reflect and give thanks and gratitude for the very special moments in life. She thought she’d have some fun doing it and share content her readers can connect with and embrace. It doesn’t have to be complicated or a place to make judgments, it just IS. Inspiration, laughter and human connections keep Katie grounded and motivated. She’s always hungry to learn and grow!