12 Threats To Being Inspired

This is a part 1 of a 3 part post on Inspiration.

How We View Inspiration Is Learnt

How many inspirational people are you surrounded with daily? At work or even at home and on the weekends? Like most people I talk to I am guessing the answer it not enough.

Inspiration traditionally is "out there" instead of "in or around here". This was taught (I believe). Here's the thing, how we view inspiration is learn't. When you realise this, you have a chance of seeing it from the eyes of an opportunist and then it changes.

"Waiting" to see "what" inspiration is out there is the fastest way to be uninspired. Taking an active approach to being inspired here and now is a sure way keep the fires of inspiration burning.

Threats To Our Inspiration

Lets be clear, inspiration is in motion, it comes and goes quickly. Unless we intervene and make it stick around. Here's how we let it slip away:

  1. Failure to act on inspiration when it hits.
  2. Lack of discipline to do your work (the stuff that makes YOU matter)
  3. Thinking short-term
  4. Validating our life through consumerism
  5. Bad association
  6. Apathy
  7. Attachment to the past
  8. Procrastination
  9. Self pity, self centered behaviour
  10. Immersing yourself in "busyness" (low value work). Being busy for the sake of being busy.
  11. Failing to smoke out the fox of inspiration. Failing to seek it out.
  12. Watching too much TV; yes the mindless watching of anything that is on.

Activities that interrupt real thinking. Mindless time wasting activities, you know like excessive Facebooking, Twittering, being loose with your web browsing, chillaxing for longer than is necessary.

How do we reverse this process and get inspired? Do the opposite and more specifically go on to read part 2 of this 3 part series on Inspiration