Since I have started speaking to audiences and writing material to lift and inspire others, I have noticed a collective reticence to engage in anything vaguely ‘motivational’. People will buy books on growing your business. They will attend marketing courses, sales seminars and leadership training, but many seem to shy away from inspiration for its own sake. Many people claim, “I’ve been to a hundred of those ‘feel-good sessions’ and they all say the same thing.” In fact, I’ve said exactly that, so I know that feeling of “I don’t need that,” until I realized I did.

As a 40-year-old athlete in combative sport, I competed against women half my age. I was old, tired and lacked the advantage of youthful bones and brain. My limbs were getting worn-out and my brain did not respond as quickly as those of my younger competitors. So why did I win? What gave me the edge? There were a number of reasons, but one of them was my willingness to be inspired. I had a young trainer, Brendan, who taught me how to visualize when injury kept me from training. He sent me videos links and music to engage my brain and inspire me to keep going when I was hurt or tired or just bummed out. He was one of the people who inspired me. In fact, he expected me to be inspired. He demanded it – and I was inspired. I was inspired by his instruction, his dedication and his belief in me.

You see, we can set goals and take steps to achieving them. We can learn and grow, in order to climb the ladder to success. Unfortunately, unless you are inspired, the hard work that you need to invest will be just that, hard! Inspiration provides us with passion. It allows us to love the journey. Inspiration leads to passion. Passion leads to enjoyment. Enjoyment leads to effort and with effort come results. This simple formula has been proven to work, again and again.

SO, who needs inspiration? Of course we all do, especially now. We look on the news and see economic challenges, global unrest, political uncertainty. It’s not always easy to feel uplifted and motivated. There are days that I wish I could just crawl back into bed and shut the world off, but I have mentors to inspire me to enjoy the journey. Keep learning and developing your skills, definitely. However, I urge you to take the opportunity to read something inspirational or attend a motivational talk. Find the passion. It’s the easiest part of your journey to amazing results!

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