How to Inspire Yourself


Here are four words to never say: “I am feeling uninspired.” Though they sound innocuous, like something you could just sigh and move on from, they are toxic words. Why? The words “I’m feeling uninspired” are noxious dead-end words because they steal your power from you, and they allow you to lie to yourself. Superficial inspiration comes from outside of yourself, but long-term, life-changing inspiration comes from you. Inspiration is not passive activity. Staying inspired is, in fact, the greatest work of your life.

You Are In Control of Your Inspiration

You are in control of your level of inspiration. It’s up to you to identify what inspires you, and to fan the flames of that inspiration. It is your responsibility to go beyond boredom, monotony, and routines. Nobody can do that for you. There are people in the world who have everything — all of the external stimulation available. They have money, fast cars, fancy clothes, mansions, high-profile careers…and they’re so empty inside that they feel compelled to shoot heroin. How could that be? External stimulation has its limits. Without generating inspiration within yourself, you can feel a buzz or a high but you can never feel fulfilled or purposeful.

Reconnect to Your Purpose

When you feel uninspired, it is time to work. The work consists of taking part in and serving a cause greater than yourself. In the material world, there is always more to want. But in the spiritual world, there is always more to give. Point blank: Feeling uninspired means that you’ve disconnected from your purpose in life. The only way to recognize those sparks of external inspiration is to force yourself to look for them. How open are your eyes (and other senses) to the magic and potential of the world around you?

Exercise: Inspire yourself by learning something new — even a single sentence. Look at the people, places, and events of your day through the lens of what you learned. What did you see? Record your answer in MyMLC.

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