Inspiration: When you feel stimulated with a high level of energy, great accomplishment becomes realizable. These achievements themselves can serve to engender enthusiasm and action in others.
Today I would like to share some thoughts with you on the important subject of thinking, inspiration and Momentum. Over the years, there have been a number of fabulous quotes that tell us about the power of our thoughts. The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, “A man becomes what he thinks about all day long.” Two thousand years later, Henry Ford said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few people engage in it.” Earl Nightingale was quoted as saying, “We become what we think about.”
Throughout history, sages and philosophers have agreed: It is the quality of our thinking that determines the quality of our lives. Some people lead lives filled with examples of how to take the high road by adhering to values and standards that inspire others to honesty, kindness, courage and other important values. What we think about directs our choices and what we do.
What do think about often? Is your thinking directed inward or outward? Are you principally concerned about others or yourself? Do you think about being an example to others? Do you think about growing, improving and moving forward in your life?
A first step toward inspiration is an understanding of its original meaning. The word has its origin in the Latin word spiritus, meaning ‘breath’. To inspire is to breathe life into something or someone. Inspiration begins with thinking and then doing things that have the potential to elevate your energy and the energy of others; fostering enthusiasm, energy, confidence and forward and upward movement.
You may ask yourself, “How do I go about inspiring? What are the steps?” It’s actually very simple, and concurrently not easy.
1. Begin by choosing to lead by example.
2. Realize that your words and actions have immediate impacts on all those around you.
3. Make conscious choices to have a positive effect on your own well-being as well as that of those in your life.
4. Read inspirational stories.
5. Learn more about values, virtues and strengths that you can develop.
6. Hold yourself accountable and treat yourself with kindness.
By making these kinds of thinking and action choices, you will be taking the road less travelled, the high road. The consequence will be an ability to inspire yourself and others and to be a creator of great Momentum.