“Inspiration tends to evaporate, leaving no trace of future conduct, unless it is translated into action.” – William James
I’ll most likely come back to this theme again and again.
We all have moments of inspiration. Times when we see a path forward that inspires us to be at our best. If we do not act on them they are nothing more than passing dreams.
Yes, as coach I am well trained with little tricks and tools to help clients make the translation, but at the end of the day, no one can make your dreams reality except you.
I believe there are 3 steps we can all take to keep our actions informed by our inspiration, even when the energy of excitement wears off.
- Write it down. Its easy to forget or let the thoughts of inspiration shift over time. If we get it down on paper we can turn back to it when we forget. Going back to it is also a great way to weed out the real inspiration from the foolish ideas we all occasionally have. When we write something down we are also taking it from our minds and creating a representation of it in the physical world, a starting place to plan and implement our dream.
- Talk it through with people who will support you and hold you accountable. When we keep our plans to ourself, we have no one but ourselves to rely on. Bringing others into to our lives and our plans helps in many ways. We have someone we can can discuss it with. On our own it can be difficult to weed out the good ideas from the bad. We may be easily distracted and need others to hold us accountable to our commitments. When we trust others to guide us, support us, and hold us accountable we find unexpected help from all sorts of places. Expand your circle of support and your world will grow.
- Take action every day, even if it is only 10 or 15 minutes. Even planning is an action, up to a point. When you feel the gift of inspiration, if you feel a responsibility to follow through, you need to commit to some level of daily action. Write, plan, and discus, then take clear and focused action, daily, until you accomplish your goal.
Learn more about turning your thoughts and inspiration into the actions you have to take to live a life you dream about.