Success has changed in many ways over the years and it has also remained the same. We’ve always been successful when we cross something off our to-do list, that’s been the case since the beginning of time and people had to be as smart as possible about taking advantage of the daylight they had since working by fire light was not conducive for all the things they needed to do. Not to mention that creating to-do lists doesn’t exactly take a lot of skill or inspiration, you basically just write down everything that needs to be done and get it done.
But while it doesn’t matter how you accomplish some things, often you’ve got a choice about how to accomplish the items on your to-do list. A great example of this are the homes that we all live in. What do you want your home to look like? How tall will it be, what will it have on the inside, what will it look like on the outside, how many windows will you have, what will be done with the exterior spaces that could be gardens or have other uses? Many of those things don’t matter technically if the only goal is to have a secure, covered structure with the necessary rooms (bedrooms, kitchen, bath etc.), but let’s face it, no one really wants to live in a bland box.
Success gets lots of awesome layers to it when we’re inspired while we’re working on our goals. But inspiration isn’t always easy to come by. I’ve certainly heard from a bunch of people who have said that the last year and a half have seriously screwed with their ability to be inspired or for that inspiration to blossom in the ways that it needs to to translate to success. Sometimes we can break through inspiration blocks by doing some of the things on our to-do list that don’t require inspiration like washing dishes or tidying up the yard. Other times we have to be honest and take a break and/or do things that we know have helped our inspiration get flowing in the past like reading, arts and crafts, or outdoor activities.
What I’ve learned is that if your success activities in the past that require inspiration are truly things you’re meant to be doing, they’re part of the gift you bring to the world, that inspiration will flow back eventually. Be patient with yourself, keep dreaming about your goals, be open to new sources of inspiration and take advantage of the times when you’re not inspired to get other things done. What are you inspired to work on right now?