Finding self discipline and motivation can often be hard to find. This is something that goes for all of us.

I’m naturally and impulsively a quite driven person. I always find enough motivation to get through a day of work. However there are mornings I wake up and it takes a lot of energy to push forward on my agenda and get things done. This happens to all of us, especially when there is something within our daily schedules that takes the wind out of us. Perhaps due to the loss of passion, a frustrating situation, a never-ending load of work, routine, etc. Lots of things can get in the way.

Nonetheless I do find it harder to have self-discipline and find motivation to continuously improve and develop yourself more so than being driven through the course of a day. We all tend to get up and “do what we need to do” for the sake of doing it – ie: the sub-conscious motivation is to pay bills, work towards a holiday, etc. So we get through the day but are not motivated to elevate our day to day to the next level – ie: hone our skills, develop personality, increase our knowledge and so forth. This is because we are content with who we are, which is a good thing however this puts you in a comfort zone.

And…..this is where personal inspiration steps into place, at least for myself. You need to inspire yourself to try new things, experiment, MAKE mistakes and learn. I know it often can be difficult to step out there and expose yourself by taking risks, but if you don’t, you’ll start killing the rest of your day and at some point whither on the inside.

I have been thinking where I derive this inspiration from that keeps my momentum going and gives me the thrust I need on a day to day basis. The answer is very straight forward and might sound stupid to some, but it’s the heart, my passion and my ambition for life. There are days, where especially my corporate environment throws me on the tracks and I find it difficult to “self-generate” this inspiration and I just log along task after task – that’s its own post.

However, thinking about this more in depth you come to realise that inspiration is all around you. It is not limited to anything specific or a certain space. It is everywhere!

Inspiration does need to be found. It is always there. All the time. Not matter how frustrating it may be not to find that specific marketing pitch – its there – something will spark that inspiration.

Here are a few things that inspire me to continue making mistakes, learning and improving on myself:

  • Looking at how my several months old son is developing and how curious he is about the things that I’ve long accepted as a given, inspires me to keep an open mind. Always. Instead of being so darn opinionated, stubborn or set in my ways, he inspires me to want to experiment and try new things (without historical prejudice).
  • My wife who is always looking to learn and develop herself in every area. I’ve seen her literally diving into the deep-end on a lot of topics, from her professional life, to creating a fashion label to becoming a mom, and she’s just taught herself to swim on the way. Just surviving is fantastic, but the fact that she’s looking like a semi-professional swimmer in every area is quite a feat. She is a constant reminder to me that I should never find myself in the kind of comfort zone that becomes a rut.
  • Family, whether it’s my dad that that goes on 50km walks or 1 week bike trips to my mom and in-laws that consistently push themselves for the better. One My brother for literally having a 365 day per year job executing what he loves doing.
  • Friends, work colleagues and mentors who despite not seeing each other often inspire me to push myself in my walk of life through the things they do. That “mental” accountability.
  • Nature…

The point I am making here that that no one should have an excuse for not having the inspiration they need to improve. There is a load of inspiration to be found in all things. With that, surround yourself with inspirational people and inspire others. Be kind, because in the end we all have one life and we might as well live it for the better. The way I’m doing that is by making sure that I’m inspired enough to keep making mistakes, learning from those and using it to exact a better outcome in future.

Be inspired.

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