“You will never be more alive than when you give something everything you have.”
–Steve Nash, NBA Hall of Famer
When we have a passion for something, it is easy to throw ourselves into it. It is easy to give it our “all.” The problem is, not everyone finds their passion easily. Some people spend their whole lives looking for their ‘why’ so they can be inspired to give something everything they have. It is time to shatter the notion that knowing your life’s purpose is a pre-requisite for giving something everything you have. Here are 5 actions you can give your everything in order to get inspired today.
Get Inspired Today by Helping Others
Doing for others has a variety of rewards beyond improving the lives of the beneficiaries of your money, time and energy. There is scientific evidence indicating there are at least 7 benefits to helping others. Why not find a cause and give it everything you have? Not only will you reap the emotional rewards of doing good for others, but you will meet incredible people who also want to give. Even the largest cities in the country are close nit in terms of their giving community. I often see many of the same beautiful individuals at events benefiting women, children, education and the arts in Phoenix. They are people who truly are a gift to be around and they all have something in common. If they are involved- they give it their all.
Serve Your Personal Need
The reality is that if our basic needs aren’t met, it is difficult to focus on anything else. It is hard to go for success, glory, satisfaction or to help others when you are hungry or stressed or lonely or sick. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done- but the journey is arduous and exhausting. If you have an area of your life where you have needs that aren’t being met, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about it, wishing for something different and seeing others have what you need. That doesn’t mean you haven’t tried. You might even study or research how to meet that need. Studying isn’t enough. Nothing will change until the rubber meets the road and you give everything you have to find the resources, time, energy and support to address your need. Once you have solved this need, you will have additional energy and mental and emotional capacity to get inspired today.
Start Small and Do Something Uncomfortable
If you want to be a long distance runner- you start out with shorter distances and work your way up to longer runs. When you do find your life’s purpose, it will take perseverance, dedication and focus to achieve. These traits are like the muscles of your character- you have to engage them in processes that require them to grow and build stamina. Commit to making a small stretch from your comfort zone and give it everything you have. The confidence you will gain and success you will feel with each stretch will fuel your inspiration to take on bigger challenges and step even further outside your comfort zone. The next time you are offered an opportunity to pursue a new goal that interests you, take it. It may not be something related to your ultimate life’s purpose, but there is no doubt that in the process of diving in you will get inspired today by learning something about yourself or a skill that you can apply to the next step in your success journey.
Do Something No One Else is Doing
Being a trailblazer requires conviction in the belief that something is possible… and the fortitude to see that belief into reality through action. Have you ever said to yourself, “someone should invest…” or “someone should come up with a way to…”? Any statement you make that starts with “someone should” is an opportunity for you to do something great! If it involves skill sets that you don’t have- start thinking about who could be a part of the team that paves the way for a new solution in this world. You may ultimately transition out of your creation, but in the process of blazing that new trail with everything you have, you will find new opportunities and fuel your fire of inspiration.
Do Something You Have Never Done
When we complete the same tasks every day, life begins to feel mundane. I am a creature of habit and even for someone like me, I crave a change of pace, a new experience and the satisfaction of a new accomplishment. There is a positive to structure and routine. It translates to discipline and reliability. But these qualities are not mutually exclusive to spontaneity and the occasional adventure. There are a number of benefits of doing something for the first time. The act of trying something new transforms into confidence, the desire to continue learning and even new opportunities…all of which will help you get inspired today!
If you are planning to give a significant amount of energy to a cause or mission, it makes sense that it should be important to you. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until you are sure of your life’s purpose. You may have more than one purpose in life…each one coming at the heels of your previous accomplishment. The inspiration to get started and keep going doesn’t have to be from an external source. Take the steps above and give it everything you have and you just may inspire yourself into your next purpose.