I have asked this question before through Facebook and seem to get the same answers from a high number of people. They say that their children inspire them. A friend of mine posed the same question to her friends and received a slightly different set of comments but it brought me back to the answer I received on mine.
I think it’s fantastic that your children inspire you. Our children keep us young at heart and motivated to stay good people, amongst other things. But it is important to think about what else inspires you. What happens when your children are grown and have lives of their own? You will need to be sure that you have many sources of inspiration to keep you going. You should be sure that you are close to the top of that list.
When you draw from several sources, your options are wide open. After giving it thought I came up with my own short list. It is incomplete at the moment because I know I need to give it further thought.
I am inspired by challenges in my life that force me to look inside for strength. I seem to thrive on the personal challenges that I take on, the challenges where I force myself to step outside the box and say, “I’m not really sure that I can do this,” then I do it. I’ve learned to stop looking for outside motivation as often, I turn within. I find ways to pull my own energy into higher thought and search my spirituality for inspiration and encouragement. When I need it externally, I read different authors such as, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Don Miguel Ruiz, Anthony, etc. I talk with my family, they know me well enough to give me strength in just the right areas when I need it. I am inspired by dreams of my future, friends, reminding myself of what I’m grateful for, other people’s accomplishments, music, love, hope and happiness.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have more than one source of inspiration and to know what know what they are. It will help you get out of situations when you find you’re having a bad day. Make your list, include as much as possible. You can write it or create a collage. Keep your list with you. Draw from it on your down days or when you need a pick-me up. Reading or looking at it will trigger happier thoughts to help you move forward.
If you can create your own inspiration, you have truly won. Be sure to find ways to be your own hero and inspiration. There is nothing truly like it.
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