You know how it is when you are feeling totally listless. You want to get some work done, but you just aren’t feeling motivated at all.
However, if you’re in luck, you’d stumble upon a really inspiring story, more often than not from someone who has proven himself or managed to pick himself up and conquer seemingly impossible feats.
Then you feel inspired. All charged up and ready to take on the world.
But, that doesn’t seem to be enough. You don’t actually get much work done and you are asking yourself, “Why can’t I be as great as them?”
The big problem with inspiration
Inspiration doesn’t last.
It makes people feel totally “hyped up” and motivated at one single point.
We also tend to forget that inspiration is everywhere, and free.
Inspiration doesn’t have to come automatically as if it’s some god-given sign that comes at the “right place and the right time”.
You can, and should always actively seek inspiration.
Don’t wait for it. Go for it.
You aren’t a superhero. You are human, like everyone else who needs to get their batteries charged now and then.
Here’s a little guide to get yourself re-inspired
1) Read up on your heroes repeatedly.
Emphasis on repeatedly. As I mentioned, inspiration doesn’t last.
Put in the effort to read up on the person you are inspired by.
By reading up again and again, you will be able to gain new insights and discover new things you previously missed.
2) Watch YouTube videos of inspiring people
Social media makes it extremely easy today to be inspired. It’s right at your computer, or mobile phone.
Just log on, and type in a few simple keywords. You can easily start with, “Inspiration”, and the results alone would overwhelm you.
It’s that easy. No excuses. Just go.
Then re-watch them whenever you feel like it.
3) Get live inspiration from an event
It’s always easy to read up or watch something really inspiring. However, nothing beats real live inspiration you can both see and feel.
I am break-dancer myself. As much as I love watching YouTube videos of the best dancers in the world, watching local dancers doing their thing in front of me inspires me the most.
Trust me, it’s that different when it comes to learning from books, and learning with your own senses.
And oh guess what? One event isn’t enough though. Keep going for’em!
4) Conduct interviews
It is through interviews where you get gain the most personal insights and knowledge from a single source.
Simply out, doing an interview is like getting free mentoring.
I’ve done a few interviews on my own, and I got to ask the questions I personally want.
How inspiring is that?
5) Talk to elderly folks
It’s a sad fact in life that senior citizens don’t get the respect they deserve. They are ironically cast into a class of their own and supposedly unable to keep up with the times.
But when you do that, you’re actually missing out on the fact that elderly folks are people who lived longer and have seen the times!
They have real-life knowledge for a view on life that can definitely get you thinking.
Be inspired by that, because whatever that’s happening around you now, is thanks to them.
6) Talk to younger people
…Talk to younger people too.
Young people have the energy to be the visionaries that break the rules and achieve things nobody has before.
I’m always surprised to watch young break-dancers improve way faster than the rest of us! That just inspires me to push myself forward!
7) Now, be the inspiration
Emulate your heroes.
Try out something different.
Take the steps on the path others have created.
When you feel it for yourself what actually works for you to achieve greatness in life, the inspiration would be overwhelming, so much so you definitely wouldn’t forget it.
And this is the part, you get to be the inspiration.
So don’t give up, push on and live it.