How to Rediscover Your Inspiration for Your Goals
Have you completed a review of your goals? Thinking of areas, you want to improve during the new year is great, but progress is only made when we take action. Goal setting isn’t just for the start of a fresh new year and now is the time to recommit and begin.
A big thing that has stood in the way of some of my goals is losing the inspiration I need to get it done. When the inspiration isn’t around, it’s hard to motivate yourself to get back to work. Over time, I’ve discovered some ways to get myself re-inspired and regain traction.
After reading this post you are going to be able to identify how to figure out where your inspiration comes from and gain ideas for how to shake up your everyday routine. I also want to chat with you about the power of visualization and how I’ve used it to help myself.
Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?
When I am looking to feel inspired and motivated to get down to business, I like to start off by thinking about what I’m usually most inspired by. Start off this part by recalling a few times, at least 3, when you felt most inspired. Do you notice any themes?
Here are a few I thought of:
- Having a working session with a friend
- Listening to your favorite music
- Working early in the morning or late at night
- Working in a new place like the library or coffee shop
Next, use the themes you think of to pinpoint what is missing from your life right now. The missing piece could be what you need to feel inspired again.
Find Inspiration by Shaking Up Your Routine
One helpful practice is to shake up your everyday routine. Sometimes, we get so stuck in the day to day survival that it’s hard to see what else is on the outside.
One way that I’ve practiced finding inspiration has been to try hard to be present in the moment. When you’re being present, notice how different you feel when you are pulling energy from places out of the norm.
There could be something right on the edge of your normal routine that fits in with your inspiration theme we just discussed. If you can find something that can easily be included in your normal from time to time, it will make it easier to go back to it when needed.
Use Visualization to Stay Inspired and Motivated
Visualization is a great tool to help you stay focused on what your goals are. When you can see what you want the outcome to be and know how you want to feel, you will have a new way of inspiring yourself to keep going. One of my favorite ways to practice visualization is through using a vision board or journaling.
Vision boards are a collection of images or words that help describe your desired outcome. Putting it together is a great chance to start figuring out what it is you truly want and what visuals make you feel inspired. The completion of the board is exciting because you have something tangible to look back on when you need it or daily if you choose. Make your vision board in a format that will work best for you. It can be a digital image, on Pinterest, in a book, or a poster that can be hung up. If you are new to creating vision boards, check out our blog post to help guide you through the process.
Another thing you can do if you are an avid journal user is start incorporating prompts that get you focused on building this vision. Adding new prompts to help yourself discover your needs, wants, challenges and strengths will give you something to reflect on when you need it most. Journaling about it will also help you analyze where you are at and what barriers you may face as you move forward. Overall, it can be an extremely helpful exercise.
When moments of no longer feeling the drive to keep going hit, finding and maintaining your own sources of inspiration will be crucial.
The Inspiration to Keep Going
Inspiration is what will be the thing that keeps you motivated and going after your goals. Don’t let them get away from you again. If you have fallen off track, or if you haven’t gotten started, do it today with the new energy and traction you’ve gained from this post.
When you have your sources of inspiration and know how to motivate yourself, you will be able to get back to it faster after taking a break or getting stuck. This will help keep you from giving up on it entirely!
Tell us in the comments, what has been the biggest barrier to your inspiration?
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Brandon & Cristal