That would be, I suggest virtually every fully functioning being on the planet. If ever there was one distinction that if bottled would guarantee to separate those who consistently venture out of their default comfort zone and those who wistfully reflect on a lifetime of missed opportunity, that distinction would manifest itself as INSPIRATION.
We talk of intrinsic motivation, that ability to motivate ourselves to step away from the herd and venture down a path less traveled, yet few are completely self driven. Most of us rely on the trigger of either heavy doses of pleasure or pain to initiate follow through.
If we accept that intrinsic motivation may not show up consistently enough in our lives to assist us grasp at elusive life changing goals, then the alternative is stark. Give up, or make a conscious decision to develop and USE a strategy that will trigger INSPIRATION at will.
Consider a time when you achieved something challenging, and which in hindsight makes you proud. For example, perhaps it was that moment when you over reached and asked the object of your desire out for a coffee, and to your amazement, they accepted! Perhaps today they are your spouse! All of us have a myriad of those WOW moments of decision that lead to dramatic outcomes.
Some examles that if used can dramatically impact on our ability to gear shift into ACTION mode:
- Reading material by those whom we admire, online articles, Blogs, autobiographies etc
- Exercising at intensity prior to important leverage points in your life, such as interviews, exams, brainstorming sessions etc
- Spending time with high energy colleagues, friends or family, in whose company we become invigorated.
Of course the corollary to this is that it is imperative to exit the domain of negativity and the bland and unexciting, if we wish to accomplish the extraordinary.
You may never step onto the track for an Olympic 100m Final, be the featured Act at Madison Square Gardens, or have to deliver a presidential inauguration speech, yet why denigrate your own BIG aspirations to anything less important.
If you were to truely treat your BIG goals with the same reverence that our heroes treat their goals, the results would astound you. The only difference is the context of the stage. Find a way to spend large amounts of your waking hours in a state of inspiration, and marvel as MAGIC unfolds in your life