How to Get Inspired Today

“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!

The Wrap

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.

How to Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Often we anticipate the worst possible outcome when it comes to potentially negative scenarios. We end up making it worse in our heads than it actually ends up being. And when we put off doing something we don’t want, it draws out the discomfort longer than it otherwise would be. But how do you talk yourself into facing what you fear? How do you motivate yourself to bring on the discomfort? How do you get comfortable being uncomfortable?  Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Recognize that Discomfort Makes us Grow

You’ve probably heard someone say that you need to step outside your comfort zone to experience growth. I know, it sounds cliché. I do feel like coming out on the other end of my uncomfortable situations, I had personal growth in some capacity. Particularly when I’ve conversation that make my stomach feel like it has twisted up like a pretzel. When I was in college and decided that I was not going to pursue being a CPA, which I had set as a goal for myself when I was VERY young, I was afraid to tell the people who expected me to follow this path. I was afraid to disappoint them and I even doubted myself because of it. There were two people in particular that I was absolutely terrified to tell. And one of them was disappointed. But I was actually relieved once I got through it. And I felt more confident because I stood up for what I felt was best for me. It taught me that it is okay to focus on finding what I am MEANT to do rather than worrying about what I am “SUPPOSED” to do.

Practice- and Face the Small Things First

When I was in my early twenties, I attended a training program to help me become a better presenter. During the course of this this training, we were tasked with standing in front of groups and presenting on a predetermined topic. I was terrified! What if I didn’t know enough about the topic and looked stupid. What if I had to share my own views and people didn’t agree? What if I was just a terrible presenter? It was really hard to force myself to get started. But over the course of multiple days of doing this, it got less scary. I realized that I was with a group of like minded people who were just as nervous as I was. I still got nervous every time I had to present, but it got easier to think clearly and formulate a presentation in spite of my nerves.

The more times I faced the nerves and anxiety and didn’t die from it, the more confident I felt in my ability to present. Find ways to practice getting uncomfortable with small thing first. Do your first Facebook live, write your first blog, get day one back at the gym under your belt. Build up your confidence so that even if you never get comfortable being uncomfortable, you know you will come out on the other side.

Be Realistic About the Potential Negative Results

Have you ever gotten yourself so worked up about something and then it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought? This resonates with me. There have been a number of times that I procrastinated on starting a project because I thought it would take too long, be too tedious or I wouldn’t like the outcome. And then I jump in and it is over before I know it. The same is true about having conversations that I was afraid to face. They’ve always been worse in my head than in reality. How do we put our creatively anxious minds in check? As yourself, is your perception of the outcome based on fact and experience or is it based on fear of the unknown? One of the greatest trainings I ever took taught me to recognize when I create a problem or get upset about something that has not happened yet. It is amazing how much more empowered you feel when you aren’t distraught over situations that aren’t real.

Create Your Power Ritual

I am not sure I will ever get comfortable being uncomfortable or facing fears. But I do know that when I give myself a pep talk, look at the situation objectively and take an honest assessment of whether my perceived discomfort is likely to be realized, I feel more empowered and confident that I can handle almost anything. I hope you too can find your power ritual and wish you all the best in getting uncomfortable!