Inspiration is a process, which means that anyone can get to that desired mindset. How empowering. So now, what activities can you try to get you on that path of being mentally stimulated?
Today I present a list.
Inspiration in Nature
- Go for a walk in nature, and lose track of time.
- Get lost in nature. Sit amongst the planters, sit across from a tree. Breathe in.
- Face resistance. Explore nature when there is resistance. Take a walk in the rain, in the cold, on a windy day. Face that challenge and those elements.
- Take some time to people-watch. Just watch and wonder where people are going, what they are doing.
- Watch a dog in nature. Notice their attention to sounds and smells. Bring these senses into your day…
- Notice the sunrise, the sunset, depending on whether you’re a morning or evening person.
- Add nature sounds track to your playlist. There is a reason spas play nature music.
- Tune into National Geographic: Subscribe to natgeotv.com/ca/photo-of-the-day. Really ‘experience’ what’s delivered to you.
Inspiration online & offline
- Find your Tribe. Join a group who can relate to your challenges. (#TribeThrive anyone?)
- Weed through the pages you like and follow. Make sure they reflect messages of inspiration and positivity. Limit those sites that don’t.
- Try a ‘No devices while you’re moving’ policy. Phones have become a distracting habit. Consider leaving it tucked in your pocket while you are getting coffee, getting to your next destination, instead of scrolling or checking email.
- Delete your most-used app. Take the app that you feel distracts you the most over the course of your workday and delete it–just for a day. Have a ‘Twitterless Tuesday’ and see what else fills that headspace.
- Use out-of-office. It isn’t just for vacations. Use it for a time block in your workday. Retrain people from getting an immediate response. This brain space can then be used for inspiration…
Inspiration in Yourself
- Share your story.
- Embrace a new healthy habit. Make today a little bit better than yesterday.
- Give yourself a pressure-free day with nothing to do except things that give you pleasure.
- Try something new. There is such power that comes from being out of your comfort zone.
- Reflect on something you created in the past—a proposal, something you wrote or a project. Recapture that feeling of success.
- Sing in the shower. Sing like no one is listening.
- Notice new details. It’s a perpetuating cycle, the more we discover the more we want to pay attention, the more room for inspiration to strike.
Inspiration in Potential
- Allow discovery. Recall how it felt as a kid to find a path and wonder where it led. Do that. Don’t try to guess the ending, let the story unfold. See what you see. Don’t skip over what you don’t know.
- Teach someone to do something and tap your potential as a leader.
- Write a bucket list.
- Create a vision board.
- Submit your C.V. for your dream job. Don’t assume you can’t get it.
- Unregiment yourself. We repeat habits; 30 minutes of this, then we do this, followed by this. Shake it up.
Inspiration in Connecting with People
- Attend a conference to connect with like-minded people.
- Join an organization of people making a positive difference in the world.
- Ask everyone you see today what they’re thankful for.
- Read an autobiography by someone you admire.
Inspiration is yours to have and use. Nurture it in yourself and others. Hopefully you’ll find something here that sparks you…towards inspiration.
Mindset work focuses in on how powerful your thinking is in determining your actions, behaviours and ultimately your success. It’s human nature to seek improvement. But we struggle with change because old habits, thoughts and beliefs are well entrenched in both our...read more