With the New Year upon us, many people are searching for resolutions for a positive start to 2016. I prefer to set inspirations, and here are my top 10 ways to be inspired. “Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring”.
1. Travel at least once a year to somewhere that you have never been. Travel changes your perspective and is the best way to learn from the University of Life. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
2. Become an Artist. Start a new project such as writing, drawing, dancing or painting. You don’t have to become the next Hemingway or Picasso. You just need to do something that inspires you and is beneficial for the soul. When you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance. I hope you dance so much.
3. Try something new! Start a course that you are passionate about. Go scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef. Have an adventure such as climbing Mt Warning. These activities will promote a sense of well-being and motivate you to be the best that you can be.
4. Educate yourself and never stop learning. This may be as simple as attending a professional development workshop or webinar. You might enrol in that University course that you always wanted to achieve. You can re-invent yourself as often as you like. “It is never too late to be what you might of been” – George Elliot.
5. Have a career that you are passionate about. Start a small business and hold onto your dreams. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly” – Langston Hughes. Why work for someone else, when you have the ability to work for yourself. If your career doesn’t inspire you, then you need to make a change for your own health and well-being. “If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs” – Tony Gaskins.
6. Spend quality time with those family and friends who light up when you talk about your goals and aspirations for the future. Eliminate toxic people who put you and your ideas down. “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet” – Mahatma Gandhi.
7. Be around children, whether yours or someone elses. I spend time with my Nephews and Niece and learn about gratitude when I’m around them. Children can remind you that it’s important to spend time playing, and not take life so seriously. Embrace the butterfly moments.
8. Donate or volunteer for a charity. Helping others is the best reward, and ensures your happiness and that of others. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” – Mother Teresa.
9. Find time for yourself and choose happiness and peace over stress. Practice meditation or yoga. Go for a swim and put your feet in the sand. Nothing soothes the soul like a walk on the beach.
10. Enjoy your life. Find your calling, meaning, mission, purpose or vision for living. The purpose of life is to have a purpose. Find at least one thing that you are grateful for each day, and this will support your journey. Why not start a gratitude group, affirmation Facebook page with your friends, or ask your family what they are grateful for during dinner. “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain.