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.
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