When was the last time you felt inspired? Was it from seeing someone achieve something remarkable, looking at a beautiful landscape or hearing a particular piece of music that resonated with you?

Inspiration can strike us in all kinds of ways and can often leave a lasting mark. Sometimes, a moment of inspiration can drive us to make changes in our lives, to take up a new pursuit that brings us joy or to improve our lives in some other tangible way.

Inspiration can be a powerful motivator, but have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what inspiration is and why we feel it?

But what does being inspired actually mean

According to the Collins dictionary, inspiration is, “a feeling of enthusiasm you get from someone or something, which gives you new and creative ideas.”

We all recognise the feeling of inspiration, it’s a certain type of excitement which can lead to a determination to make a change. It can be highly motivational to see someone achieve things in their life that we would like to achieve in our own.

So how can we harness the power of inspiration to motivate change, especially with our health and wellbeing?


Harness the the power of inspiration

One way is to spend time around people we admire.

If you’re currently trying to improve your health and fitness, spending time with people who are on the same journey will inspire you. When we see others succeed, we begin to believe that it’s possible for us to succeed too, and belief is one of the most important aspects of change.

As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” 

If you don’t really believe that you can lose weight or get fitter and stronger, you will never be able to do it. Belief must come first, and seeing others achieve their goals helps to confirm the belief that it’s possible. 

If you don’t know anybody in your circle of friends who is setting out to achieve the same things as you, it’s worth trying to meet like-minded people through clubs and organisations.  Or you could try reading about people who’s achievements you admire. Read biographies and autobiographies, read magazine articles, or watch online videos – anything to find the inspiration you’re looking for.

Inspiration doesn’t always have to be about life-changing events either. Sometimes looking for the big moments of inspiration can blind us to the smaller pleasures. Sure, you may feel inspired by an Olympic athlete or a Nobel prize winner, but there is joy and satisfaction to be had from making your garden look beautiful, learning to cook a delicious meal or enjoying a long walk in a forest. Observe yourself closely and notice the things that give you that ‘tingle’ of inspiration. Look around for these moments and allow yourself to follow your heart when you notice them.

When you feel that sensation, you know, you’ve found what you’re looking for. Remember, that feeling is there for a reason. You could think of it as a message or a permission slip telling you to go for it. Whenever you feel inspired, ask yourself what you are going to do about it. Listen to the message your body is giving you and be courageous enough to follow that path.

Inspiration comes from observation. Be on the lookout for it. Keep a sense of curiosity about other people’s lives. Ask questions, you may discover something inspirational about someone you already know.

If you are wondering how to put your are found inspiration to the test and also want to instil a sense of purpose in people take a look at my blog here…


When inspired act!

And when you feel inspired, act! Inspiration also means ‘inhaling or breathing in’ and once we act on our inspiration, we literally breathe life into our feeling of motivation and make things happen. That feeling of motivation won’t last forever, so if you feel inspired to improve your health, sign up to a fitness class, research local sports organisations, find out how you can improve your diet by working with a health coach or researching healthy recipes online.

And once you act, you may find that you inspire others.

If you feel like your friends or family eat unhealthy food or have other unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol, decide to lead by example. Don’t preach, just quietly do your own thing and when those around you see the results, they’ll be inspired to follow suit. 

When we follow our inspiration, we lead the way for others to follow too. We create a ripple effect that spreads out among those around us, inspiring them to believe in the ability we all have, to make choices every day that will change our lives for the better.

That’s Bye for now! Stay safe and be the very best you can be.

Sue 😊


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