Do you live an inspired life? For many of us, we become so caught up in the small activities of our daily lives that we fail to look at the bigger picture and take a moment to become inspired by a beautiful sunset or a good ‘underdog’ story or even having a worthy goal. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re living an inspired life, ask:
• Do you feel stuck?
• Are you unable to handle setbacks that occur?
• Are you overly critical of others or get frustrated easily?
• Do you feel negatively about the future?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be in need of a large dose of inspiration. Here are seven ways to add more inspiration to your life.
1. Find wisdom. You don’t have to look far to find wisdom. It’s found in books, with a mentor and with the people in your life. Read or watch the story of an inspirational person to get a surge of motivation, or chat with the people in your life to find out their stories and seek inspiration from them.
2. Look for acts of bravery in daily life. Ever since we were children, we’ve been exposed to and inspired by stories of bravery in the face of adversity. Acts of bravery occur every day. They’re the cancer patient who is determined to recover and run a marathon; the mother who won’t give up on her child even when others have given up hope; the child that stands up to her friend when they’re being teased. These stories may not make the news, but they do have a big impact on the world. Keep your eyes open and notice the acts of bravery that occur around you each day and get inspired by them.
3. Get a role model. When you think of the word ‘inspiring,’ what person comes to mind? Whether they are a famous hero, celebrity, family member or friend, learn more about them and find ways to emulate them.
4. Set goals. Goals keep you motivated when you’re ready to throw in the towel. They also help you focus and maintain perspective when you experience a setback. Set at least one goal to work toward to keep you inspired. Referral Maker® real estate CRM makes it easy to set, measure and achieve your personal and professional goals. Visit Referral Maker for more information and to start your 30-day free trial.
5. Get outside. It’s nearly impossible to take a hike, watch a sunset or admire an ocean, lake or mountain scene without marveling at the view. When you need a quick dose of inspiration, take a walk outside. It’s good for your mind and your waistline.
6. Find stories you can identify with. We connect better with stories that we can relate to than any others. Perhaps it’s because we can more easily put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and hope that if we faced similar odds that we’d show strength and overcome obstacles just like them.
7. What’s your story? No one lives an easy life. We’ve all faced tough situations that have shaped us and made us who we are. And, we’re all facing a struggle every day that will continue to shape us. Never forget that your story is inspirational. What struggles have you faced and overcome? What lessons have you learned? Take the time to reflect on your life and find inspiration in your own story.
“The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.” Horace Bushnell