In the “Flow of Life”, inspiration is the first logical and fundamental step. Without the right inspiration in place, it is certainly impossible to push and achieve extraordinary. Missing inspiration renders next 7 steps of “Flow of Life” fruitless or in a state where excessive effort is made with bare minimum outcome. Inspiration may be overlooked for a short period of time but for a consistent, long-term outcome, inspiration is the first and foremost fundamental requirement. (May even be the first and the only one!)
Inspiration does not change usually throughout life where as motivation keeps changing from situation to situation!
It opens the natural question that how do I find my inspiration?
We wish we would have an easy answer to the question! Below is a step by step approach that we tried! Successfully!
Let’s go to the question!
How do I find my inspiration?
Inspiration, as universal as the word is, it carries a very unique meaning and substance to each individual. Each individual will probably have to use very unique methods to find out corresponding inspiration blanketed within the general ideas like nature, art, history, amusement, charity, fame, peace, goals, family, people, health, universe, career, motive, science etc.!
We suggest following very basic steps as a course of action and refinement to find one’s inspiration.
- Allocate some time to yourself (With your life partner if you are in a relation, no exception even if your inspiration is different). 2-3 hours twice a week up-to 4 weeks or up-to the time you have not narrowed down your inspiration. The key here is to find inspiration, not to set goals. To find the power that will drive you relentlessly towards your goals. Let’s say 4, 3 hour sessions. It is 12 hours. The place has to be quite, have all your gadgets, tools, your life history with you. Don’t take your kids and pets with you. Keep your cell phone off. Must have a notebook and a pencil. Don’t make it fancy with colors, markers, boards, paste-it etc.! Keep it simple. Please don’t take loose papers! You will lose them. Take a proper notebook. Do not be under influence of any kind. Preferably do it in morning hours.
- Condition your mind. First, empty it completely. Close your eyes and feel the vibes flowing out of your body and mind! Do not hold any thought, any and at all in your mind. Make them flow outward. Exhale slowly at a constant pace. Inhale quickly. Use a well-balanced posture. Dissect your thoughts! Thoroughly! Important is that when you start visualizing your inspiration, you have to keep your mind empty so that absolutely new, fresh and powerful thoughts can replace the old ones. Clear the mind and increase the retaining power for your new thoughts! Let your thoughts flow outward for 30-60 minutes! Don’t be in a hurry to jump to any conclusion or to the next step. We are not here to rush up anything! We are here to discover our inspiration! Something once found, will never change in life! What do you repeatedly see with your closed eyes?
- Once your mind is feeling very fresh and old thoughts are out, ask these questions to self.
Question 1: What will I do if I have enough money and time?
Part 1: Do not be shy of words when responding to this question. Elaborate. Rather than writing that I will tour the world, write I will take a first class flight to the most beautiful city in the world. I will spend 30 days visiting all the landmarks and famous spots of my favorite city. I will note down all the details I love. I will click a lot of pictures and make a lot of videos. I will enjoy a wonderful hike in the day and a great red wine in the company of the man/woman I love most in the evening. I will surely collect some souvenirs and send some old fashioned post-cards too! You get the idea! Right?
Part 2: Now narrow it down! What is your most loving part in your detailed response to your question? Is it first class flight? Is it the most beautiful city or only a particular landmark? Is the noting down details most important to you? Is taking pictures or video the top preference? Love souvenirs? Is red wine is your first love? Is it the hiking that is very exciting for you? Is the company of the man/woman you love most the actual trigger here? What is it that really will keep you astonished out of all this? Find out.
Part3: OK. So as an example, let’s say it is the most beautiful city that astonishes you all the time. Now ask to self; why is it like this? Find out why other parts don’t make you as excited as the city itself. What is that in the city that attracts you most? Is it the architecture of the city? Do you have an ancestor line there? Is it the natural attraction? Is it the hiking? Do you feel at peace when you visit there? Is it something else? Ask all these questions and more. We are years away from actually reaching our inspiration at this point. We have just started scratching the surface yet. Although the journey to find our inspiration is totally exponential! We will come closer to our inspiration way faster as we keep working on it. You will be amazed to find at the end that the reason you loved to visit the city most, actually may not have to do anything with the city at all. The reason that will bring you one step closer to your inspiration has actually nothing to do with the city itself but it is beneath those thought layers that you never spent time to look for and tear apart before!
Part 4: Whatever you find, write it in ONE WORD only. For example: History
Question 2: What will keep me going to learn all about the “history” of the city and visit there even if I have no money and no time?
This is a real tricky question! What is one thing you will keep doing to visit the city for its history even if you have no money and no time at all? Will you still be very passionate about the history of the city? Will you keep saving whatever you have to get there?
If your answer is yes to the above question(s); congratulations! You are leaps and bounds closer to discovering your inspiration! We can move to the next question!
If your answer is no to the above question(s); congratulations! You have completed an important process cycle but it needs more refining to be closer to your inspiration discovery! In this case you will need to repeat from part-1 to part-4 and then again question 2 depending upon where you are! The process has to be repeated until the answer to question# 2 is a yes.
Now let’s say that the answer is a yes. Move on to the next question.
Question 3: What in the history of this city is of utmost importance to me? First, I am eager to save all I can and then ready to spend that all to visit and know the history of this city. What compels me?
This question will help you to find your irresistible drive that wants you to visit the city and know history of the city. You really have to dig deeper to find out the right answer to this question. Is it connected to a war, peace, natural disaster, a life change event, ancestral, city design, and natural beauty and so on? What about the history of this city makes you happy and contented? What future do you predict about yourself after knowing more about the history of this city?
Write the answer in1 to 3 lines.
Let’s say you figure out that; you have an ancestral house which is in highly loved, natural and safe neighborhood and you ideally will like your kids to grow up in the house. This house is also of historical importance as it is referred in the “X” level of global document(s). (For example; constitution, history lesson in text book, state library, etc.). This makes it very special and you will feel very proud if you can acquire and preserve the house for your future.
You are indeed coming closer to your inspiration!
Question 4: Will you be in a state of distress if you are not able to acquire the house within your planned time-line?
Do not answer this question on a general idea of positive thinking (for example; I will keep trying even after my planned time-line ends). This has nothing to do with positive thinking but to know the real you.
If your answer is a ‘yes, I will be in a state of distress’ great; you have come quite closer to your inspiration. If your answer is a ‘no, I will not be affected by it’ then you are coming closer to your inspiration but need to dig more, restarting from the part of this exercise where your answer is no.
Now let’s say that the answer is a yes. Move on to the next question.
Question 5: Why will I be in a state of distress if I don’t acquire my ancestral house?
This question may seem to have a few possibilities. You might be concerned about your children’s safety. The natural location itself might be a trigger for you. You might feel that you are losing last connection/memory of your ancestors and you will rather like to preserve and pass it on to your future generations. You may simply want to associate your name with it. In a harder scenario it might have been snatched from your family and you want to bring back your family pride and make a difference in your family tree for the generations to come.
Let us now analyze the possible ‘inspiration’ in each of the above sentences of the answer to the question # 5.
- ‘You might be concerned about your children’s safety.’ Your kid’s safety: KIDS
- ‘The natural location itself might be a trigger for you.’ Natural Sceneries: NATURE
- ‘You might feel that you are losing last connection/memory of your ancestors and you will rather like to preserve and pass it on to your future generations.’ Family History: CONNECTION
- ‘You may simply want to associate your name with it.’ Being famous: FAME
- ‘In a harder scenario it might have been snatched from your family and you want to bring back your family pride and make a difference in your family tree for the generations to come.’ Family History: PRIDE
Let’s have another careful look. All these five ‘BOLD’, ‘UPPERCASE’ and ‘UNDERLINED’ words above after the sentences are suggesting the group that your inspiration lies in! Interestingly it also gives you other important parts of your life to focus on!
Now determine what applies most in your case out of the above 5. Remember that in case you don’t achieve it, it will put you in a state of distress. So to find out which one most applies to you, determine which one will put you in a strongest state of distress.
Congratulations! The one that, if not achieved, will put you in a maximum state of distress is your inspiration!
Others are your prime focus areas and will support your inspiration throughout your life! Organize your life around these guidelines coming straight from the questions.
Enjoy your life!