An epiphany can come from a lot of places: talking with a new person, experiencing a new place or culture, or reading a book seemingly unrelated to your problem.
If you’re really paying attention, you may realize how slyly and timely inspiration enters our lives, usually just when we need it.
Experiences That Change You
For instance, in 1989 I had an accident while water skiing. I was sucked through a dam on the Illinois River.
When you face your mortality, you change as a person.
This was a wake-up call for me, someone who had never really thought about the fact that all our lives are headed towards a final ending point, something we don’t really think about as young adults and teens. It gave me an urgency to accomplish and experience as much as I could.
You and your business face an expiration date; the plans you have for your business or for your life, start them now!
There really isn’t a moment left to waste.
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Take a look around your office, your home, or where you frequently spend your time.
Ask yourself this:
- What does your office or home look like?
- Does it spark your imagination?
- What’s in it that make you want to achieve something of significance?
For me, books have always been a great resource. Any time I need some serious perspective, I randomly choose a book off my shelf, pick it up, and just read whatever it has to say.
It is astonishing how often I gain pertinent wisdom on the subject of whatever issue I’m dealing with.
Fill your office with artwork, books, music, or other physical objects that you can easily grab in an instance of mental blocks and creative fatigue.
As an entrepreneur or business owner, you must also surround yourself with people who inspire and challenge you. Get out of your office, walk down the hall, and begin a conversation with someone who is working on a different part of the business.
They will have a very different perspective from you and bring up questions you never thought to ask yourself.
Sometimes I even call someone who I admire and respect in either a similar or completely opposite field. Spend time learning from those who have already experienced your mistakes and can help you reflect on your current situation.
If you’re really committed to gaining insight, maybe even try a therapist or a counselor. The answer may be waiting patiently before you screaming out like a maniac to get your attention. But if we aren’t listening, it may be because we are unconsciously resisting the answer to the problem.
A third party who is completely removed from the situation can help you reevaluate the problem, teach you to listen to yourself, and challenge you to make a move.
There are No Coincidences
Don’t take the signs for granted. I don’t really believe in random unrelated events in the universe; to me everything is connected. Whether or not you believe this, you shouldn’t fight taking note of things that happen around you, even if they seem to have no relevance to your life.
There is a lesson to be learned in every experience we have. Find it, and use it.
Relax and Let the Answer Find You
As is the case with most things, when you force something, whether it be a relationship or a business adventure, you may miss out on something else that is going on.
It’s the moments when we relax and take in our surroundings that inspiration will come and the answer will become real.
Stop trying — let it come to you!
Learn to Be Inspired
As your business matures, so should your perspective. Breaking free from what seem to be limitations will be easy if you can:
- Learn from life experiences.
- Seek inspiration from what resources you have.
- Remember that there are no coincidences.
- Relax and be aware of inspiration around you.
In business, we can get so used to our daily routines, the normal people we interact with, and our surroundings that it’s no wonder we can sometimes feel stuck and uninspired.
Learn that inspiration doesn’t always just happen. You need to put yourself in a position to be inspired. Only then will you be prepared to accept life’s unexpected gifts when they come.
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