"Nobody does anything worthwhile until they are inspired." — Matthew Kelly
Over the years I’ve recognized a number of things that provide me with inspiration. They include music, books, movies, theatre, and comedy. In fact, seeing any master at work is always an inspiration for me, so I'm always excited to find opportunities to watch a master at work. But I also find inspiration in nature—in the woods, in a park, in garden, at the beach or at a lake—so I always make special effort to routinely set aside time to fully enjoy these things, so that I have daily reminders to never settle, and to always be growing. As the Writer Jack London reminds us:
“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Think about it: If nothing happens unless we’re inspired then we can’t wait for inspiration to find us—we have to go out in search of it ourselves! The Magic Word Inspiration reminds us take time every day to reflect on what inspires us, then make a plan to schedule daily moments in our calendar, just like any other appointment, so that we can stay plugged in to what most inspires us to be our very best.
What inspires you? What puts a fire inside of you to no longer simply accept the way things have been and instead inspires you wonder how things could be? And what does this quote by Pablo Picasso mean to you: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.