No matter who we are or how in control of our lives we are, there are always misfortunes and annoyances that can bring our mood and motivation crashing down. Sometimes it’s a real disaster and other times it’s as simple as the 3pm slump at work.
One of the greatest feelings in life is riding high on a wave of inspiration and positivity. It makes everything we do more enjoyable and thrilling, and it gives us the boost we need to achieve our goals and have some unforgettable experiences.
So, what can you do to help fend off the grey clouds of despondency, and keep yourself permanently inspired?
Here are a few tips…
Write out a description of your perfect day
One of the keys to being inspired is having something to look forward to and aspire to. A vision which gets you excited about life, the future, and the steps you’ll take on a daily basis to move you closer to your dreams.
One of the best overall practices for your inspiration is to envision your perfect day, in every category that matters most to you. This could include waking up in your perfect home, next to your perfect partner, going to your perfect job, and so on. The key here is to strip away all limitations and “realistic” considerations from your mind and just let the vision build up.
Once you’ve painted a vivid mental image, write it down. You should read and imagine this perfect scenario at least once a day to keep yourself charged with positive energy.
Keep in mind, the purpose of this exercise is to create a positive focus to orient your life towards. Not to set a hard and fast goal with deadlines and budget constraints.
Read or watch something uplifting every day
Most people are aware that what they eat will affect their health, fitness and physical condition. That’s why the global diet industry is as large as it is, and why thousands of web articles are dedicated to dietary recommendations.
What many people overlook, however, is that the information we consume also affects the health, fitness, and condition of our minds and emotions.
Try to filter out negative media and entertainment as much as possible. Make a point of watching or reading something uplifting and life-affirming every day. You might be amazed how positively this can impact your inspiration and mood.
Plan and research future projects
Inspiration isn’t just a particular emotional state that we feel, it’s an entire perspective on the world, linked to enthusiasm, hope, excitement, and more.
Being excited, passionate, and hopeful are some of the key elements of inspiration.
To keep these emotions and energies running high, make a point of regularly planning and researching future projects and adventures that fill you with a sense of joy and anticipation. Plan future holidays in detail, research an interior designer and architect for your dream home, or simply plan a good night out.
Not only does doing this bring your dreams closer to realisation, it keeps reminding you of exciting and positive things that you can look forward to and draw inspiration from.
Keep a gratitude journal
One of the main sources of inspiration is the experiences we’ve enjoyed in our lives. During the 9-5 grind, we can often end up feeling despondent and losing track of the things in our lives which we should be inspired and energised by.
One of the best ways of rediscovering the magic in the little things, is to keep a gratitude journal. Each night, before getting into bed, write down at least three things you’re grateful for. You’ll notice the effects quickly.