It takes discipline and practice to create a mindset where inspiration thrives. Most of us have been hardwired for struggle. Life can be discouraging at times and we allow ourselves to get depleted by these bad mental states. We need good habits and routines that keep us on track. Here are five strategies to create an inspired life.
Create a daily ritual. It seems quirky, but without my daily ritual I just react all day long and do whatever comes up. I’m like a flag in the wind. I’m never as effective as I want to be and nothing seems very meaningful. Find that sacred space and time to unwrap the day gently. It sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Replenish with silence. Let silence marinate into your bones and soften your orientation to life. A calm mind connects to your body and feeds your soul. Silence will rebalance your energy and is absolutely essential for inspired living. Frantic inside equals frantic outside, which leads to burnout.
Radical self-acceptance. We need to radically accept ourselves. We’re all flawed human beings. Trying to please everyone or get them to like you is just exhausting. Don’t take things personally. It’s not about you. We are all in charge of our own happiness.
Embrace change. Develop a healthy attitude toward change. Change is constantly flowing into your life and moving things around. Change is necessary especially when things aren’t working. Even minor shifts can be life altering over time. As the serenity prayer goes, accept what you cannot change, have courage to change what you can and wisdom to know the difference.
Count your blessings. Flood your mind with warm, delicious thoughts. Use gratitude as your guiding principle. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted. Recognize they are all gifts and should be treated that way. Keep a gratitude journal. When you feel good you attract more blessings into your life.
By adopting these simple strategies you will create more joy in your life. Celebrate. Don’t wait until the end of your life wishing you had of let yourself be happier. You deserve better. Surround yourself with people who like themselves and spread good energy and become that person yourself. Begin living an inspired, brilliant, creative, stirred and enthused life.
This article first appeared in the April issue of Hometown News