“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.”
—Madeline L’Engle, American 20th Century Author
Consider these three definitions of the word “inspiration”:
- Divine Intervention
- An instance of breathing in
- That which brings about creativity or perseverance
I suggest we blend the three together. My reasons will be more readily apparent through the following example:
Imagine you wake up one morning and you are not particularly inspired to go to your health club and work out. The exercise gods simply haven’t infused you with enough energy to leap out of bed and into your sneakers.
In spite of not “feeling it,” you garner the discipline to just do it, and minutes later you are on a bike, a treadmill, or an elliptical machine. You notice your breath growing faster and more pronounced, which increases your mental and physical state, and gives you the energy and momentum you need to gain all the good that comes from rigorous exercise.
How can you simply begin a project, motivated or not, and let the effort and engagement of the first few steps energize you so that you keep it up and finish more inspired than you ever imagined?