We all seek it. We all want it. It can be elusive, and when we find it, it can be fickle… But I think we can all agree on one thing- inspiration is an amazing thing! So what happens when it lets us down? Can inspiration go wrong?
There is one thing I have always believed-
Inspiration can be found in anything.
Especially in this age of endless interwebs, the possibilities are endless! Google, pinterest, blogs, twitter, facebook…the list goes on, and on and on… I, personally, have drawn so much influence from others. So how could it ever go wrong?
In my quest for self-improvement, there have been so many times that I’ve sought out motivation from others’ success stories. These people have accomplished enviable feats of progress, and I’ve strived to bring about those same improvements in myself, using them as my model.
Guess what happened next…?
Some of those people disappointed me. I had set them to a particular standard. Used them as my model to frame my new and improved self on. And they let me down.
How unfair is that?? Their goals were not my goals. I had captured them at a very particular point in time, and positioned that passing moment of their lives as my endgame. And when they didn’t live up to what I expected they were accomplishing, I felt duped. They had disappointed me without ever even knowing I was modeling myself off
This is what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Which led to my newest light bulb moment:
Those people who I felt had somehow deceived me? They’re on their own journey. And I’m on mine. While we might have some similar pathways, our journeys are not the same. So I propose this: When working to improve yourself or change your course, look within yourself instead of outside of yourself.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the latest craze, or whatever is deemed socially popular, or the pre-set list of socially-acceptable life accomplishments, at any given moment in time. How often do they TRULY reflect what you want for yourself though? Fear of criticism or judgement from those around us hold so many people back from their authentic selves.
Take some time and look within yourself. Shut out all of those external forces that might influence your thought processes.
You already know what you want from and for yourself.
Maybe they’re not the same things as are popular. Maybe they are. But you MUST drop the pretense of those outside influences to truly be authentic to yourself. Look deeply. Take the time to figure out your TRUE goals for yourself- inside and out.