Moody Musings: Got Inspiration?
March 13, 2017
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As college students, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where we can’t find inspiration. We can become stuck in a place that leaves us feeling idle, affecting our entire agenda. We need inspiration to step out of comfort zones, to try something we’ve always considered, or to really start and create something we’ve always been passionate about.
In my Ethics, Leadership and Service course with Dr. Paul Lewis, we’re reading “Leading with The Heart” by Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K constantly mentions how important it is for leaders to allow themselves to be inspired by their teammates, team members or anybody that they find themselves interacting and communicating with.
Inspiration doesn’t always have to come from the top or where it’s most expected. In fact, I find myself being inspired during the most random times and in the most unexpected places. Plus, you can inspire yourself. You just have to be open to it.
- Inspiration is in all of us
One thing I am constantly emphasizing is how detrimental comparing yourself to other people can be to your growth, but there is a way to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of others that will be beneficial to ourselves. We can use what our neighbors, classmates and friends are doing to inspire us to do better.
This isn’t easy, especially if they’re somewhere we would like to be, but if we learn to do it, we’ll pick up the habit and may never find ourselves with a lack of inspiration.
It could be the women’s basketball team winning a huge game, a close friend beating a sickness or a circumstance that’s been holding them back, a classmate starting the organization they’ve been talking about for months, or simply just someone finally having a better day.
I find beauty in these things, big or small, because if someone else can accomplish, excel and reach a milestone of their own, I am just as capable of doing the same.
- You did it before
You passed the prerequisite you needed to get to the class you’re in now. You finished sophomore year before you were able to step into your junior year. You made it to see the end of the tunnel after a long and stressful week.
Give yourself some credit for what you’ve already done. Don’t backtrack and dwell on the past, but instead, use it as inspiration to let you know that there is something that you conquered before. This can allow us to point out what our strengths are and to use our past to our advantage.
This can also remind us of our why. If we remember the reason we pushed through our long days and challenges before, it can provide us with that fulfillment we need to do it again and again. We must always steer away from being afraid, because we may never get the big prize we’ve set for ourselves.
According to the blog, “ Inspiration is the driving force that can lead you to take a chance and do something great.”
- Look around you
Listen to a song that makes you think, sparks emotions or reminds you of something positive that has happened in your life. Read something inspirational, whether it be quotes or a book. Take a walk and pay attention to all of the amazing things around you.
Don’t wait for inspiration to come to you; sometimes it’s waiting for you to find it and use it to your advantage.