If you didn’t quite succeed on your beginning of the year resolutions, springtime offers inspiration and an opportunity for new beginnings with all of its symbolism for growth and rebirth: chicks and flowers and budding branches full of sweetly singing birds! It’s hard not to be inspired by the warmth and cheerfulness of the season. But on a daily basis, what does inspiration look like to YOU?
If you were asked to illustrate “inspiration,” what would you create? A collage of defining words, such as motivation, perseverance, hope, love, and truth? A beautiful ocean or serene mountain scene? A list of thought-provoking quotes? Photographs of successful people? Inspiration is individual. What you create would look like no one else’s!>
Finding your unique inspiration is essential to your creativity, your ability to take action, and your accomplishment of goals. I tend to draw inspiration from words and ideas and the emotions they evoke. My creation would most likely be a collage of quotes and phrases written over images of strength: ocean waves, birds in flight, or a tiny, beautiful flower growing up through cracks in the concrete.
To find your inspiration to begin any project or work toward any goal, start by identifying your passions. What do you feel strongly about? What have you overcome? What are your dreams? Who has influenced you the most in a positive way? What is occupying your thoughts right now?
I have a passion for animals, so it is easy for me to feel inspired to do rescue work and educate others on proper animal care. However, when I was struggling with depression and anxiety, I had no experience or passions to draw from. I could find no motivation to pull myself upward other than hating feeling miserable. Sometimes our inspiration must come from a strong, constant and resilient resource outside of ourselves.
Wherever you find inspiration, grab on with both hands. Defined as “the excitement of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity,” inspiration is our own personal trainer, keeping us on track for good things to come!