The goals you set for a new year need fuel to keep them going. One thing that is very effective in fueling your goals is inspiration. However, you don’t pick inspiration up on a shelf like a commodity. Inspiration starts within and requires your attention. As 2020 nears, it behooves you to give some thought to creating sources of inspiration to keep your goals and achievements going all year.
Do you know your sources of inspiration? Are they quiet time, your mind, your emotions, outside encouragement, structure, visioning the achievement of your goals or anticipating the rewards of your work? Before the year ends, identify the sources of your inspiration. List them along with your goals and nurture them regularly.
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The secret to distinguishing yourself lies in who you are – your unique traits, talents and learned skills. Often people think they must conform in order to succeed. They fit within a system and fully adopt its processes and approaches. A degree of that is warranted. However, to do your best work, it has to come from you.
How do you make something yours? Let’s say you are given a project to lead. You can follow accepted procedures and do fine. If you bring your unique vision to the project, you have the opportunity to stand out among the crowd. What can you add that will make results better? What do you bring to the work that no one else can? Making a project yours leads you to success and fulfillment!
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Do you ever daydream? Daydreams are much more than “fluff”. They can be functional and lead to positive changes in your career. You can put daydreams to work for you by focusing them on what you want in your work life. They provide a creative, open space for your imagination to flow.
Allow yourself a few daydreams about your work and career. In a quiet space, let your imagination go on what a great work situation would be for you. Imagine how it happens and how you feel. See what shows up. Even if what shows up seems impractical, don’t push it away. Give it some more thought. Your daydreams may be guiding you to somewhere great!
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Inspiration can occur randomly; however, most of the time it must be sought and cultivated. Think of people in history whom you see as inspired and brilliant in their work. When inspiration came, they were ready to employ it.
Want to cultivate inspiration? Seek it. Develop you inner intuition as inspiration comes both loudly and quietly, from within and without. Look for situations and people that may inspire you. Recognize the power of inspiration to move your life and work forward to mastery. Be ready to receive it by developing focus and by reducing over-thinking, distraction and “noise” in your life. Inspiration is just around the corner waiting for you.
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If you look up the definition of muse, you see that it is used to describe the nine goddesses in Greek Mythology that preside over song and poetry and the arts and sciences. You also see muse defined as a state of deep thought or dreamy abstraction. Have you ever encountered your muses? You have them and they can help you in a myriad of practical ways.
You can look at your muses as a source of creativity. They come in the form of ideas, insights or moments of inspiration. If you learn how to employ them, your performance rises and your ideas expand. Developing your intuition, creating quiet moments, walking alone in nature and allowing the arts to inspire you are all ways of connecting with your muses.
Searching for an answer or creative approach? Invite your muses – they’ll come.
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You are unique with a combination of gifts and talents that no one else has. Is there anything you can do in your career that would be a “first”? No one else comes from a place exactly like yours, so it stands to reason there is a “first” within you.
Pondering this, lets you acknowledge your uniqueness, spark your creativity and make a difference in the world. Go ahead be first in something!
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There are many ways to manifest something that you want – hard work, focus, strong intention, magical thinking. How do you manifest?
Is there anything that you would like to manifest this year? What will it take for you to do so?
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In this time of polarity, sides are drawn and listening is not always an honored skill. How would our workplace interactions be different, if all viewpoints were welcomed and valued?
For one, we’d have access to a variety and diversity of ideas. We would be more sensitive to and, possibly, understanding of each other. We could synthesize ideas and come up with more creative and sustainable approaches.
With all viewpoints welcome, perhaps we could change our world. ☺
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There is a lot of chaos in the world right now. Values and norms are being upended daily. Whether you see the chaos as helpful or disconcerting, it is good to check in with yourself every once in awhile.
Why? Chaos has the ability to upend both you and your life when you don’t pay attention. Chaos also creates energy that you can use for constructive purposes, presenting you with an opportunity to change things for the better.
How is the chaos in our world affecting you, right now? What do you want to do in response to it?
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Over the years, I have come to realize that creativity is not something only some of us have. Sure, some have exceptional talents in what we call the creative arts such as dance, painting or music. However, the definition of creativity doesn’t have to stay within this narrow window. I have come to see creativity, in a wider frame, as each person’s unique self-expression.
Your creativity is within you, waiting to come out. It is uniquely yours. Clues lie in what you love to do and what excites you. I have seen people express their creativity in the way they care for and understand animals, in the excellence of their work, in the way they inspire others, in the way they think, in their “green thumb” in the garden, for example.
You are creative. Have you found your creative gifts? Do you share them with the world?
I did a Slideshare several years back titled “Everyone Is Creative”. You can see it here.
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