Recently someone asked, what motivates you? And our answer (Ron's and mine) is nothing. We are more likely to wait for inspiration to strike us. We referred to that as "inspired action."
We also call it "muse mail!" Why, because inspiration comes from our very soul. It is a high and a manifestation of our soul's intent., When we are inspired we are at peace with our lives.
We definte motivation as ego driven (the desire to compete, work hard, succeed and be better than______(fill in the blank). And when many achieve their goal, we have seen them ask themselves, "Is that all there is?" And then, they get back to motivating themselves to that next level. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, it works for many!
We are in the process of writing a book that we would like to see published in 2020. However, we are relying solely on inspiration to write, not on motivation which would mean a deadline, writing a 1000 words a day or any other concept that many find helpful in writing.
Thus far we have written four chapters in less than a week. The words came rushing like a river into our fingers tapping away on the keyboard.
We both love that feeling, it is heady and satisfying...When writing blog posts, I will wait for that inspired thought to guide me as I have this morning in writing this post. At these times, there is nothing else on my mind, no thoughts, no worries, just being in the moment enjoying the flow of words through my fingertips.
What helps inspiration flow? Mindfulness, being in the moment, the here and the now. I often think of Thich Nhat Hanh's example of drinking a cup of tea which he explained in an interview with Oprah:
"Suppose you are drinking a cup of tea. When you hold your cup, you may like to breathe in, to bring your mind back to your body, and you become fully present. And when you are truly there, something else is also there—life, represented by the cup of tea. In that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real.
You are not lost in the past, in the future, in your projects, in your worries. You are free from all of these afflictions. And in that state of being free, you enjoy your tea. That is the moment of happiness, and of peace. "
"With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more."
Take a moment to be inspired. Inspired action leads to great results--not just great, but outstanding. It is a moment of creation with no holds barred, and we can assure you, it feels great!