Finding Inspiration

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Hold fast to dreams,

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

 Sometimes life seems tough and it becomes difficult to see the good stuff going on around us, and keep faith for the good things awaiting us at the end of the proverbial rainbow. Fortunately, it is a pretty simple thing to locate a source of inspiration that will motivate you and keep you on the right path toward your ultimate goals. Here are six ways to find inspiration: 1. Quotes and affirmations. It seems that no matter how many times you read or hear your favorite quotes, they always resonate with you almost as much as the very first time you heard it. Adding to your collection will bring you an ever-flowing well of new inspiration.

  • As your goals change, look for quotes and affirmations that better reflect your new path so that you can gain the inspiration to persevere in your new direction.

2. Images. Sometimes you come across inspiration by seeing something in nature, like a beautiful sunrise/ sunset or freshly fallen snow. Other times you may be moved by a photograph, an image in a book, or a painting at an art gallery.

  • Perhaps the beauty of an image will inspire you to create something beautiful of your own. In the process, you will likely find new excitement and motivation to carry over into other areas of your life.
  • An image may also remind you of your destination, which will motivate you to work ever more swiftly with laser-like focus to reach your goal.
  • Once you come across an image that inspires you, rely on it during stressful or difficult times as a visual reminder to keep moving forward.

3. Confiding in others. A method you may find surprising as a source of inspiration is to talk to strangers when out and about. There is an understood confidentiality clause with strangers. Because of the anonymity factor, people may actually feel more comfortable with someone they may never see again.

  • Someone you meet by chance can help bring a new perspective to your old challenges. The next time you are out, try striking up a friendly conversation and share your thoughts.

4. Listen to your neighbor’s stories. When you hear someone else’s story of personal triumph or hardship while standing in line at the neighborhood post office or sitting in a waiting room, you will probably find something in their tale that you can easily relate to.

  • Because you are neighbors or friends, it is as if you have an instant connection. Their story could very well be yours, with a few different details. Seek out their stories and let them inspire you!

5. Movies and videos. Websites like YouTube offer a plethora of motivational and inspirational videos. Some videos, such as the late Randy Pausch‘s poignant “Last Lecture,” inspired millions, even though it was originally intended for a much more personal audience.

  • People often use sites like YouTube to tell their stories, share their successes, and offer advice or encouragement. When facing a challenge, or if you need some words of wisdom from someone who’s “been there, done that, and got the T-shirt,” you will surely find inspiration here.

6. Here. Check in with us here on the blog every Saturday and Sunday for inspiration and affirmations to add to your repertoire.   The next time you feel like you need some extra inspiration, try any or all of these sources. You may be surprised at how well they work to get you happily working toward fulfilling your goals and living the life you desire.

 

To your continued success!!

 

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About Martina

Servant, MD (gynecologist), blogger, writer, life strategist and fulfillment coach, seminary student, mother, grandmother, sexual assault survivor's advocate, minister, speaker, leader, occasional haikuist

2 Responses to “Finding Inspiration”

  1. Christy Garrett @ Uplifting Families March 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I love this post, thank you for sharing. I know that when I am feeling crummy it is amazing that God will show me something that will cheer me up: whether it is my kids giving me a hug, the puppies demanding to be loved on, puppy kisses, birds chirping, the sun shinning, and so much more. :)

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