Inspiration! We love when it hits us! It strikes as lightening, igniting our souls on fire!
Our minds are laser focused. Our vision is clear. We suddenly know exactly what we MUST do!
Inspiration can be the spark that starts the fire. But as with any flame, it can burn out.
We must bear in mind that surging inspiration will set our focus on a level ten, but eventually the flame becomes a flicker and our focus can wither to a level one. It also happens that in chasing our goals we run into circumstances, challenges and missteps that can be demoralizing or spirit crushing. We may even get caught up in our own feelings or in the cynicism of others.
But if we are serious about reaching our goals, consistent, daily action will always be required on our part. When we take daily action, we are always in forward movement, no matter how we may feel.
The following six tips will help keep us on track when our passions are ebbing instead of flowing:
1. Define our goal. Be specific. Differentiate if it is a long term or small term goal and set a target date. The target date can change, but a due date is important because it helps to create accountability.
2. Determine right away what small action steps are necessary to achieving the greater goal. And do them day after day.
3. Develop discipline. Inspiration can be a forceful driver when it is high…but it can wane. Having a daily, weekly, monthly and annual schedule for tasks and targets is necessary. When we give ourselves structure, the absence of inspiration will not interrupt our productivity.
4. Set a guiding principle. Establish the ‘why’ of our goal or mission. By keeping the ‘why’ in the forefront-we remind ourselves of the larger picture.
For example, a ‘why’ that I have is to help coming generations of our girls and young women navigate the land mines placed intentionally to destroy their confidence and self love. Specifically, I want to help them realize their beauty, worthiness, value and capacity.
This is my ‘why’ which outweighs any personal doubts, hesitation or external skepticism. Helping our young women and girls recognize their brilliance is greater than any apprehension or self doubt I could ever have. It is the most important thing. It is everything. It drives me!
Our ‘why’ will help keep our goal in focus.
5. Keep yourself around positive people who are also engaged in a personal mission. Friends and family who are satisfied with life ‘as is’ may not understand your mission focused behavior. They may placate any rising angst or insecurity. Someone who is also on a mission will encourage you to push beyond what you think are your barriers because they too are pushing beyond theirs. They can hold you accountable, when you struggle to do so yourself.
6. Avoid doubters. Family and friends who encourage us to be ‘realistic’ with our vision will never push the buttons to help us expand beyond what we think is capable for us. Since they have not exceeded what they see as their own capacity, they are inexperienced to help us do such. Those who want us to play ‘safe’ (out of genuine concern or genuine jealousy) will try to limit us as they have limited themselves. It is ill advised to take guidance from someone who is not on a journey or who hasn’t journeyed to where you strive to be.
These tips are only a few and certainly not exhaustive of practices to prevent derailment of our goals. There are other activities that can help us stay on task. Feel free share your techniques in the comments section.
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Nurah strives to enlighten, empower and engage her readers with the wealth of knowledge she has gained from her own experiences and those of others from whom she has learned.