by Howard Cohen, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
"Inspiration follows aspiration."
– Rabindranath Tagore
What does that quote mean to you? From my perspective, it means that if you aspire to achieve a goal or accomplish a task, you need to be inspired to do so. So, let’s get inspired.
What truly inspires you? For some, it may include doing favors for others and being helpful to their needs. It’s volunteering for a particular cause by raising money, donating services and giving to those less fortunate than themselves. It can mean that you become altruistic or what dictionary.com says is “unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.” Some have said that being unselfish gets you karma points, too!
Let’s also talk for a moment about how recognizing other people’s talents can also be inspirational. A prolific writer, a genius composer, or a gifted musician can inspire us to want to write our memoirs, attend a concert or sing our favorite song to the world! Inspiration is the mother of invention. Oh, I meant necessity, didn’t I? Oh, well. I like this new quotation better.
How about reading or hearing about how others have overcome adversity in their life? Have you ever been inspired to act because you thought… if they could do it, I can do it! Begin to pay attention to how others deal with their personal challenges and think about how you can apply that to your own journey.
Does Mother Nature’s beauty inspire you? I wonder if you have ever gone for a walk in a park, taken a stroll along the beach or hiked into the mountains and then pondered, “Maybe here I can find a solution to a problem I’m having or find the inner peace to guide me into making a major life decision.” If not, take a moment to look at the majesty of our Earth and allow it to fill your senses and take a deep breath of inspiration!
Sometimes receiving positive feedback about a project that you are working on or kind words from a supportive friend or family member can be exactly what you need to motivate you to taking the next step. Even negative feedback, preferably in the form of constructive criticism, could inspire you to re-think your goals or even tweak your newly envisioned plan for success.
Inspiration can come in many shapes and sizes. It can be a carefully designed exercise program. It can also be found in the undying dedication of a loved one who tells you to never give up and to keep trying.
I hope this article moves you to take action with some aspect of your life. Look for your inspiration. It can be anywhere or everywhere.
“Inspiration is a magical thing, a productivity multiplier, a motivator. But it won’t wait for you. Inspiration is a now thing. If it grabs you, grab it right back and put it to work.” — Jason Fried
Yours in personal change and growth, Howard M. Cohen, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, 2312 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-980-9628, CohenCounseling.com, [email protected] See ad page 21.