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Leadership Thought #213 – Tap Into Moments of Inspiration


Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime.  Sometimes it’s triggered by small seemingly innocuous events other times it is the result of something significant happening.  It’s not something you can program or create as needed.  In its best form it usually happens organically and unexpectedly.  Sadly, most people allow these moments to pass them by and they evaporate almost as quickly as they came.

I believe that when you are truly inspired it is the universe trying to communicate with you.   It feels like some small portal of positive energy has opened up and invited you to pay attention.  So often we try to force things or do what we think is right instead of listening to the clues all around us.  My own contention is that every person has an ideal path for them to choose given who they are and what they value.  We are all meant to be happy and there are forces out there trying to guide us in the right direction.  Every once in awhile our brain tunes into this frequency perfectly and tries to tell us what we need to focus on, understand and act upon.  It never stops trying to make the connections to allow this to happen.   Successful authors, musicians and artists are typically adept at recognizing when these moments occur and going with it.

Inspiration doesn’t always happen at convenient times.  It isn’t a 9am-5pm phenomenon.  It can appear in the middle of the night and wake you from a sound sleep.  It can happen in the shower or while stuck in traffic.  You can sense it in the middle of a meeting or while grocery shopping.  What’s important is that you recognize when this happens and do something about it.  You also need to be careful of first listening without judgment and letting the full thought come to fruition with tamping it down or jumping into self-limiting or criticial mode about your current reality.  You should always push to broaden the definition of who you are and what you are capable of.

I encourage my clients to carry a small notepad around with them or keep a digital recorder handy to keep a record of these moments.  I keep a journal by my bed.  You can also leave yourself voice or email messages capturing the essence of what just happened.  However, don’t think all “aha” moments are created equal and not every inspired thought will lead to an epiphany.   You may also try and fail but keep trying.  What I can promise you is that the simple act of paying attention to and capturing moments of inspiration will increase your likelihood of taking action and tapping into this positive energy.  We are all meant to be happy and have the tools and abilities to navigate whatever life has to offer us.

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