Managing Inspiration Overload

I love to be inspired. It’s actually something that I seek out. I look for inspiration when reading a book, searching the web or just listening to my coworker’s stories. In most cases, this could be viewed as a good thing; I am always looking to better myself. In some cases though, it can lead to something I call inspiration overload.

However, inspiration overload can be managed with an organized mind. Here are a few ways to get control:

Pick one aspect — With so many programs built to inspire, such as TED talks and courses from lynda.com, it’s easy to get excited by what you learn and even start thinking about accomplishing the same things as the presenters. The fact is, they got to that position over many years, by taking countless steps and building their skills over time. The sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. If you still desire to attain the same skillset or knowledge, choose one aspect of their craft and focus on just that. This won’t overload your mind, and in turn, won’t shatter your dreams if your life gets too busy to learn it all.

Set realistic and attainable goals — Almost everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions, and almost everyone gives up on them. Everything from getting in the best shape of their life, to reading a crazy amount of books, we’ve all been there. The trick is to set goals that are actually attainable, but will help you get to an end result. If you set the right goal, you often achieve your desired result without even knowing it. If you want to be in better shape, set a goal to run a half marathon. If you want to learn more on a subject, set a goal to read a couple books on it by a certain date. Set the goal and a target date and you’ll be on your way.

Realize it’s just not you and be happy with that — You can’t do everything. This is a hard lesson for some to learn, but it’s true, and it’s okay. Some people watch a movie about climbing Everest and think “I wanna do that!” Problem is, they really don’t like camping and get queasy at heights. It’s okay! You can still be inspired, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop your life and learn how to ice climb. Be happy with what you are doing and put all your energy into the here and now.

In the end, you may notice that YOU are actually the one doing the inspiring.

By Modern Postcard

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