This is a guest post by Mariana Ashley.
Inspiration often does not come easily, especially when we are caught up in the rat race that is life.
Whether it’s working a tedious job, struggling to pay off debt, or worrying about whether you’re raising your children the right way, a number of anxieties can threaten to deflate your motivation and steal your inspiration.
You must actively seek out inspiration. So, I ask, “What things are inspiring you?”
4 Things to Inspire and Motivate You
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Here are a few inspiring things to awaken you inside so you can live your best life:
1. Enjoy a Good, Life-Affirming Book or Movie
There’s nothing quite like reading a good book or watching an inspiring movie to help you rededicate yourself to what truly matters in life. While the book or movie from which to draw inspiration is totally up to you, some of my personal favorite inspiring books include The Little Prince, The Alchemist, and Zorba the Greek.
2. Spend Quality Time with Your Children, Family, or Friends
So often we focus on trying to be good parents, friends, or children that we stress out about pleasing our loved ones instead of simply enjoying their company. This is especially true of our children, who often can drive us crazy. Next time you have some free time, take your kids to a playground and just watch them play and engage with each other and the world around them. Watching kids is a great way to recall the innocence of childhood, which provides a well of inspiration from which to draw.
3. Take a Long Walk Alone
Clearing your head is the best way to improve concentration and set yourself up for the easy flow of inspiring, innovative ideas. And a proven effective way of developing inspiring ideas is walking outside alone. While many people find that they have to listen to music, carry their phones, or walk with their dog, the best way to clear your head completely is to concentrate on your breathing, movements, and nature. For more information about the health benefits of walking in a natural setting, check out this article.
4. Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side
Even if you are not religious in the slightest, taking some time out of your day to reflect on the bigger questions about life and our place in it is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and become inspired. Whether it is attending your chosen place of worship, practicing meditation, or simply figuring out your own, ultimate meaning in the grand scheme of things, turning on that spiritual side in you is an excellent way to gain inspiration and motivation.
Find Things and Get Inspired
Ultimately, all these mentioned activities serve the purpose of pausing and resting the mind so that we can take a step back and realize why it is that we live. Finding purpose is the ultimate source of inspiration, and how you find this purpose is, in the end, your own choice. Good luck!
About the Author: Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.
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