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Trying to do your best is not easy. No way.
Sometimes coming up with a good idea is a bit like pushing a giant rock uphill.
He. Fair. Habit. Move.
If we are real, creation can sometimes be downright painful.
But nothing numbs the pain of doing your best as a little inspiration.
Ahh, sweet motivational nectar, let me sip you!
I think the world is addicted to inspiration. Look on Instagram. Watch on YouTube.
Most of the material on these platforms is palliative in nature. It does us good in what we do. Even if we don’t do much.
It feels good to be motivated – even if you do nothing or act on that feeling.
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(Before I say anything about MY Instagram account – YES, I’m posting motivational quotes. I’m not saying that this type of content is inherently bad. When used as a tool to get the job done by small bursts, inspiration can be an extremely powerful resource. I just think that we often confuse the tool with work.)
Perhaps the best thing about inspiration is the deep sense of focus and clarity you feel when you externalize your reasons for doing something and attribute your work to a source other than your own mind.
That’s when you find yourself saying things like, “I watched this video on YouTube and it really inspired me …”.
Or, if you’re having trouble getting the job done, you might say …
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just don’t feel inspired today.”
These two statements give the impression that inspiration is something outside of you … something that invades you, unexpectedly, somehow taking possession of you and putting you into practice.
What’s worse – because you feel like inspiration is “happening”, you sit there and wait.
Then you go even further: you depend on it to do anything.
Maybe you caught yourself saying, “Yeah, I could start this idea I thought about … but I’m just not that inspired right now.”
And surprise, surprise: nothing is ever done.
Because inspiration is fleeting. It’s a fleeting feeling, not a permanent state.
(Zig Ziglar once said that motivation is like swimming – useful, but necessary daily. Ha!)
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Here’s the rub…
You can’t wait for inspiration. If you do, it will not come. If so, it will be a welcome surprise. But it won’t help you.
I mean, let’s think about it logically for a second: what’s the value of only doing your best work when you “want” it?
It’s like saying, “I only want to go to the gym when I feel good.”
Of course, you want to go to the gym when you feel good. You feel good, so anything you think seems like a good idea !!
But what about the days when you don’t feel well? On days when you don’t feel inspired or motivated? What happens then?
Undoubtedly, the days of exhaustion, self-doubt and creative collapse will prevail over the days when you feel like a modern Michelangelo.
Should you just retreat to your quiet corner until a photo of a lion on Instagram prompts you to change and kindles a fire in you?
You cannot let your feelings dictate your behavior. The feelings are variable. They come and go.
Guess what: your work counts only on days when you do NOT want to do it. It only counts when you prefer to do something other.
The call to your profession is NON NEGOTIABLE.
When asked how many “representatives” he had done in a certain exercise, Muhammad Ali said, “I don’t know. I don’t start counting until it starts to burn. “
It is not inspiration. It’s grain. It is a struggle and an emergency.
The cold reality is that sometimes it is a real struggle to get your best job in the world.
This is why so many of us admire great creators, artists and thinkers, but so few of us ever will.
If you wait to be inspired to do your best, you wait a long time.
Most likely forever.
Inspiration does not come for you. But you can search for it.
The solution: Start work now.
Do it on sunny days and rainy days. Stop giving yourself a “pass” to leave your gifts on the table, unopened. Stop giving yourself the excuse of not creating.
The irony is that when you go through an uncomfortable stage (as all students on the path to mastery must do), you will find that the struggle actually leads to more inspiration – despite the fact that it there weren’t any at the start.
It’s a feedback system.
You don’t get inspired, so do a great job.
You do a great job, then get inspired.
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