What inspires a person to write in a blog? Why do it? Is it a source of venting? Writers never need a reason. How many of us doodle on a piece of scrap paper when we are gabbing on the phone? I bet the number that do is greater than the number that do not. To me, this "blogging" is my doodling. Our brains race at light speed on subject after subject, not always being prompted by an event or some person's action. So now and then I will pluck one of those pondered subjects out of my thoughts and put it here in my blog. Sometimes it's a lesson for others...sometimes just a thing to let others think about. Often it is my own opinion based on experience, education, and facts to the best of my knowledge. So with this introduction as to why I write what I write I will, once again jump onto a subject I think may interest many of my regular readers. Oh...and before I begin...I'll answer that next question you may have. "Who cares about reading this kind of stuff?"...well...for one...you do because you're here. For the record, this blog of mine has received over 38,000 hits since my becoming a member. I have to assume the subjects here-in are of interest to a few people out there.
My subject today is simply Inspiration. How do people get inspired to do the things they do and accomplish the things they set out to accomplish? What motivates success? I can assure you of one thing. It's not always the positive that has us on a dead run for the finish line. It's not always about the reward of money, trophies, ribbons, and attention. Sometimes it is just a deep down desire to propel ourselves forward, not looking back at our mistakes or the things that prevented us from doing, or becoming....
From our early childhood we have had role models. We have had heroes and people that we admired because of how they lived, presented themselves, or succeeded at what they set out to accomplish. It may have been family, TV actors and actresses, a store keeper, a teacher, a singer, or it may have been a little old man who seemed to take pleasure in his garden or feeding a flock of birds. It may have been a great fisherman, hunter, builder, business person, hair dresser, bar tender, military drill instructor, tree climber, priest, president, or simply a friend we hung out with. It may have been our mother or father. It doesn't matter who it was, but some of these people influenced our thoughts in one way or another, and from that influence we became who we are, in our own way, but by taking a little bit from a hundred different areas and making it work for what we wanted to become.
So what about now? How do we inspire ourselves to do what we need to in a way that will lead us to the end goal that we see in the future? Well, pat yourself on the back if you have a goal, because by just having a goal it means you have moved at least enough clutter from your thoughts to have a vision of what you want. Now you have to create the path to get there. To get started ask yourself these questions:
1. Why is that my goal and what is it about that goal that I find interesting enough for it to be something I really want?
2. Who do I know that has accomplished something similar? (Even if a fictitious character)
3. What is there in my life right now that is preventing me from taking that first step or initiative? How do I clear the way through this roadblock?
4. Who would I consider asking for advice on this, and what do I imagine their answer will be? (You'll be surprised how often the answer comes from somebody even though you never actually spoke to that person for real)
5. Is there any reason I can't begin creating this path right now?
(I didn't think so)
We are our own limitations. We put up our own road-blocks. We create our own clutter. In knowing this, we should be fully qualified to undo anything we have done that is holding us back from this thing we are trying to find inspiration to go after. I loved my father, even though there were things about him I absolutely hated. Was he an inspiration? Of course he was. I extracted only the things about him that I liked and respected...the other things I pushed aside as clutter. Donald Trump is an inspiration. Not because I like who he is, but because I like many of his approaches to business and dealing in the business world. I extract from him what I like. A friend from my past who was a mortician was an inspiration, not because I had any interest in working at a funeral home, but because his approach to life seemed upbeat and positive. Those things I extracted from him influenced much of my current approach to life. Do you see where I'm going with this? I hope so. Think of a handful of people that seem fascinating to you. Write down a few things about them you find interesting. When you get a list compiled from the different people, ask yourself if you have any of those traits. If you don't, then go ahead and take them. They're yours to keep and use. Form the you by the ingredients in others that you see as positive inspiration.
If this post helps just one person, it was worth writing. If it doesn't it was still worth writing, because I used it in a way to tell myself what I need to do to accomplish the things ahead that I really want.
Thanks for reading!