More often than not I feel completely uninspired. Everyone around me looks like they are doing something amazingly inspiring. I scroll down my social media feeds to see nothing but photos of people pursuing their passions. Oh look there is someone I know working in Uganda with orphans! Another friend is touring around the world sharing his musical talents with others. An old colleague is blogging about their amazing travelling experiences. And a fellow yogi is publishing her first vegan cookbook. Here, I sit, in a grey cubicle, surrounded by grey walls, wondering about all of the things I could be doing with my life that would make me inspirational.
I look to the people who I find inspiring and try to figure out how I can be like them. I even interview them! (Yes, DebTalksTV is my way of feeding my inspiration). Over the past year, I have been lucky enough to have interviewed 24 amazing women! However, I have realized that I need to stop comparing myself with others, even my amazing guests.
So let’s get back to inspiration. What does that even mean?
the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
I beat myself up when I’m not meeting my own inspirational or creative demands. Perhaps my expectation of what inspiration should look like is too high. When I sit down and actually think about what I do, I realize that I create a lot. And I am creating because I am inspired to do so. It may not seem super obvious to me because my end result may not be as grand as I would like. I might not be travelling the world fully funded by my successfully awesome travel blog, but I am inspired to create a small world of stories that people watch, and seem to be inspired by.
What I’m getting at is inspiration comes in many forms. Different things inspire different people. We need to find our own version of inspiration, and go with it. You might find that what you are inspired to create or do actually inspires others!
When you hit the wall, lose your mojo and feel completely uninspired, take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you achieve on a day-to-day basis?
- How might your actions serve and inspire others?
- Are these day-to-day actions enough for you?
- If so, then keep doing what you are doing!
- If not, then what do you really want to create and why?
DebTalksTV was created because I wanted to feel inspired. I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone, that there were other women striving for goals, failing, feeling uninspired, trying harder and trying again.
When those stories are shared, I’m inspired and I’ve been told by others that they are too. Because of this, I create even more videos to share!
Finding your inspiration doesn’t have to come from a force the size of the universe. It can come from a small molecule that formulates in the corner of your being, ready to burst. Something simple that could make a difference in your life and in others.
Perhaps it’s something that you are already doing.