Weathering the stormWritten by Tom Richard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacation. It’s refreshing to get away and spend some time basking in the sun for a few days but, then, you have to return to work, to your problems and to your normal, daily routine.
Your tan, that sunny reminder of your time away, will fade and be replaced in a few short days by the same white pallor of your office’s fluorescent lights and you will feel as if your vacation never occurred. What happened to your refreshed feeling? What happened to your sunny glow?
Inspiration touches our lives in a similar fashion. Think back to the last time you felt truly inspired. Perhaps, you just heard a good sermon, read a good book or heard a powerful speech. What next? Probably nothing. You’ll feel great for a few minutes, a few hours or, if you’re lucky, a few days. One minute you are filled with energy, life and fresh ideas. Then, it fades and is gone without any action on your part.
Inspiration, like the sunlight that causes your skin to glow with a healthy radiance, needs to be recharged to survive. There is a way to capture the wind of inspiration in a jar; to save it for later and pull it out when you need it the most.
Inspiration starts as inspired thought. However, converting this positive energy into a powerful tool to improve your life and grow your business requires that you take it a step further. It requires action.
There are too many inspired people who are still broke, still in pain and still beating their heads against walls as they try to create change. These people are the ones who feel that inspiration is a personal and private matter.
However, keeping inspiration bottled inside leaves a pallor much like that on skin without exposure to sunlight. Yes, to extend the life of your inspiration, you must take daily doses of inspiration and share it throughout the day.
You need daily reminders of inspiration for the same reasons you should take vitamins. You need these reminders of all the good things that surround you. Read daily. Write daily. Thank daily. Serve daily. Pray daily.
Through daily action, you provide your healthy glow the sustenance it needs to convert from inspired thought into inspired action. Inspired action breeds more inspired action. Like a boulder at the top of a hill, your inspiration has enormous levels of potential energy — it just needs that first push. Push it through daily action, through daily inspiration and you will find that your inspiration will grow the more you share it.
So, what is the best way to share your inspiration? Through inspired actions. Everybody knows that actions speak louder than words. This is more than a catchy cliché. It rings loudly, and with truth. Your inspired actions in turn inspire others and, as your inspiration spreads, changes shape, form and transfers to others around you. It cycles back to you and has the power to change your world, your business and alter the outcomes of every situation in which you’ll find yourself.
You know how frustrating it is to listen to someone punch drunk with inspiration talk about all of the plans they have and all of the ideas they are going to implement — only to know in your heart that they are just that — punch drunk on inspiration.
Grab hold and open that jar every day. When you feel great, you act great, you hold your head high and have the confidence and courage to do things from that you would have otherwise shied away. As you learn that daily doses of personal inspiration fuel your ability to act and share your inspiration, you’ll find yourself feeling the warmth of the sun every day of the week.
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Tom Richard is a Toledo-based sales and marketing consultant, keynote speaker and owner of Bolt from the Blue direct response advertising. For more information, visit www.BoltFromThe Blue.com or call (419) 441-1005.