“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
- To be inspired
These were three of the most frequently searched words/terms in 2014, according to Google. Personally, I am encouraged by this news.
Permit me then, if you will, a somewhat disjointed post; one which makes sense to me though it may not be entirely clear to you.
What else might people be searching for beyond these three foci? Could it be around:
- Forcing breaks or sealing cracks?
- Being a puppet or pulling the strings?
- How to act on one’s dreams?
- Swimming with or against tides?
- Being part of a cure or part of an ongoing disease?
- How to be more open to exploring?
- Could it be worse… or better?
- How to summon strength you already have?
- If I had wings, where could I fly?
- What you want people to know about you
- What lights will guide you home?
- How to be a greater contributor?
Regardless of what you may be searching for — finding it, being it, and appreciating it, comes easier when you are inspired; whether through self-inspiration or by others. Would you agree?
There are countless ways in which to become inspired. You’ve read about them, you’ve practiced them, and you’ve seen others successfully embrace them. If you’re searching for or open to a couple of ideas, here are three on inspiring yourself or others:
- Create space. Be clear about your position on changes you believe you or another individual can take. But don’t force the change. Instead, give time and space to stay the same; to consider choices. Allow awareness and self-determination to make clear that impending change can bring about desired results.
- Consider non-conformity. Falling in step for the sake of business or social conformity makes hypocrites of most. It requires you to replace the real you with a fake you. Expecting that everyone follows rules made and imposed by others is a ploy that creates conformity, establishes control, and drains inspiration. People aren’t made with cookie cutters. You need to be you!
- Tell yourself a different story. The stories we tell ourselves inspire us or bring us to our knees. Invoke your inner story-teller and tell yourself better stories. Tell yourself stories about hope, inspiration, and strength; confidence, competence and compassion. Write and tell a new chapter, a new ending, a new story forward.