How to Stay Inspired

How to Stay Inspired

“I couldn’t wait for success
so I went ahead without it.”
~ Jonathan Winters

It isn’t easy to stay at the top of your game. We get excited about our projects and plans, we work at them for a while having great progress, but then something happens and we begin to wonder; can we actually do this? How will we get over this hurdle? What if we’re not equal to the challenge? Maybe this wasn’t a good idea after all.

I’d like to think all projects and plans go directly from zero to sixty in 4.5 seconds reaching the destination in a respectable amount of time without any pit stops necessary, but life doesn’t often go that way. Take Life,forinstance, for instance :-). We brainstormed the way to do it and then we started; we identified problems, weaknesses and adjusted; we had some progress and celebrated then we raised the bar again and here I am, feeling as if I’m back at square one asking myself the same question I asked at the beginning; can I do this?

What I love about the conversation here at Life,forinstance is the generosity of the people who share their stories, frustrations and successes. They (you!) inspire me. Recently, because of a comment by Lisa C (aka nygirlinaz), I remembered a hobby my sister and I started when we were children. We collected quotes, proverbs and poetry. When either of us came across a good one we shared it with the other and if we loved it, committed it to the pages of our notebooks. We didn’t know it at the time, but we were creating personalized books of inspiration!

I still have mine. It’s filled with quotes of famous people, lines from movies or greeting cards, words from posters and the wisdom of old poetry. After a visit to the pages of my notebook I am refreshed and inspired.How do you stay at the top of your game? What inspires you?

photo credit: James Jordan


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About The Author

I have always loved writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age,both available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. You never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?