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How to use inspiration and commitment to get more done


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Learn to finally finish what you set out to do with these tips

It could be that old fashioned saying, "I’m just not motivated or inspired to continue." After speaking with women over the years about their commitment to their projects and challenges thereof, the response was quite interesting. They all shared similar feedback, which involved motivation and inspiration to stay committed.

I have lost count over the years of how many things I’ve started and didn’t finish, such as a painting, a work assignment or arts and crafts such as creating jewelry. What have you started and didn’t complete? Perhaps it was redecorating your home or creating a brand new invention? We all have been there and the golden question is why? Why did you drop the ball? Why are you not fully committed?

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For years, I’ve always looked to things and people to get that moment of inspiration. It could be a drawing or painting, perhaps a film or a movie. It could honestly be a connection with a group of people that light up my entire weekend. I have also studied the difference between motivation and inspiration. To me, they are one in the same but I don’t believe the dictionary agrees with me on that one!

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I’ve never met anyone on this earth who needed a sip of inspiration every single day besides myself. I look at it as my super power. I need something that moves me to feel like I can conquer the world, something that brightens my face and creates an emotion of being over joyed. When I’m inspired, my energy is so strong that I don’t believe others can be around me. Either it’s quite annoying or they ask, "Does the elevator go to the top floor with her?"

I have to really focus on the outcome of the project in order to stay committed to something. If we are not fully committed to our actions and our experience, we will not receive the outcomes that we desire.

If you decided to redecorate your home and give it a facelift but weren't truly committed, how on earth do you think it will be completed? With this particular scenario, I would focus on how amazing my home would look. My mind would take me on a vision quest of how inviting and warm my home would be to my guests during dinner parties. I would also think about how my decor would make me feel after a long day of work.

Focusing on the outcome has always inspired and motived me to continue pushing forward. I know it can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you’re anything like me and you need that burst of inspiration every day. Trust and believe that the reward is much greater in the end. Just stay on your path and truly be committed.

Be fully committed, not just for the sake of it but for your own happiness.

A few questions to help you recommit to a project or find a new one

  • What are you committed to in your life right now?
  • What inspires you and why?
  • What motivates you and why?
  • Is there a current project that is incomplete in your life currently?
  • What would it take for you to complete it?

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