Inspiration makes Work Fun
When Action comes from inspiration:
- It is something you look forward to
- It is enjoyable
- It flows
- It is action/work that you want to get out of bed for, even if it is early or cold and maybe even if it is a Sunday
- Ideas flow easily
- Challenges are no big deal, you keep going until you figured it out
How do you get to inspired action?
Here are the steps:
- Getting clear on why you want what you want.
- Exploring what limiting beliefs/thoughts are blocking you.
- Finding a new perspective
- Defining a goal
- Breaking it down into a manageable action plan
- Being accountable
Step 1 means asking ‘why‘ again and again until you get to how you would like to feel when you accomplished what you want to do.
A hint here is: it is important that it feels good.
Explore the levels of your ‘why’.
Maybe you can do this by yourself. Writing it down can help. Focus on it for a while, maybe more than once. It may help to talk to someone about this who will give you their undivided attention and possibly ask you some questions to explore your ‘why’ further.
Coaching sessions helped me with that, and I really appreciated having someone (a coach) help me explore by actively listening and also asking me related questions.
Step 2 can be more tricky, since those limiting beliefs sometimes slip past you like a ninja in the night.
Even if you have an idea what your limiting belief (a thought that you keep thinking) may be, but how do you get more clarity?
From personal experience I can say that exploring this in a coaching session can help tremendously and also speed up the process. For me it supported me in exploring what the limiting belief was by:
- Having the space to talk about it
- Being listened to, really listened to
- Feeling heard and understood
- Feeling accepted (no judgement)
- Questions which helped clarify it further and explore it more
One of my experiences in which coaching sessions helped me:
I used to like being anonymous. I wrote a few posts on some blogs which stayed under the radar and I liked it that way.
I was scared to be out there, being seen, being noticed, to stand up and being counted. So I preferred to ‘lye low’. (Spelling mistake intentionally)
For years personal growth and self development had been number one on my list.
Counselling and Rebirthing and working with Positive Attitudes were tools which helped me to clear a lot of issues.
It was sort of like peeling an onion.
Sometimes I felt like I was going in circles.I am glad I that learned that it actually is a spiral.
This spiral is not only going towards the centre (my true inner being) it is also gaining momentum and it is getting easier.
Most people have a ’story’ to tell.
The reason to tell my story is to give an example of exploring where my limiting belief came from.
My father had a kidney removed in the Second World War and since he was afraid for his heath he left Switzerland and went to Germany. This made him a ‘deserter’ so he was ‘illegal’ in Germany and did odd jobs. He met my mother, I was created and then, because of my parents circumstances, was fostered out 4 times between age 0 and 7 (having contact with my parents in those years). When I was seven my well meaning parents finally had a flat and I lived with them. My father was still illegal until I was 10 years old. That was when my parents got married.
Until I talked about ‘lying low’ in the coaching session I had not connected my fear of ‘being seen’ with the situation with my father.
It was similar to the fear I felt every time I heard a certain fire siren, like the ones we used to have in Germany and I would look into the sky looking for the bomber airplanes to come. I couldn’t quite understand that, since I was born a few years after the war, until I learned that I must have taken on my mother’s fear (she had been bombed out in Berlin).
Step 3: Being able to talk about this in a coaching session helped me
- to get this new understanding
- to find a new way of thinking
I realized that these fear which caused me to want to ‘lye low’ was a pretty ‘low lie’ in the life I am living now.
Getting things into perspective puts the power back to where it belongs, into the here and now, within the control of our thoughts we choose from now on.
The steps after that for me where easy since I already had them I just needed to clear the limiting belief I had. Within approx. 3 weeks I got my own domain name and created this website. Sure there is still a lot more I want to do on this website, but now I am like a dog with a bone, grrrrrrrreat.
I also love seeing the positive changes and ‘aha’ moments in people I have coached.
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