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February 22, 2019, 9:00 AM

What do you do with inspiration?

I imagine that throughout your life you've had times of inspiration. Maybe you were really inspired to get in shape. You might have been inspired to really get your finances in order. You had some goals and you were really excited about how your life was going to change. Maybe you were inspired to change careers. You really felt a calling to go in a different direction and you were so excited. I know that I've experienced moments of inspiration in my life. What we do with these moments of inspiration is what really matters. You might think of a time of inspiration that really had you fired up, but one month later you were doing the same old thing. Why is this? More importantly, how can we keep the moment of inspiration from dying on the vine? 

I'm going to give some simple advice that has really helped me. 

1. Write it down and review it. 

A fleeting moment of inspiration will remain fleeting if you don't write it down and review it. For example, I have gone to conferences where I've gotten a nugget of inspiration. When I've written it down, highlighted it, and then went home and reviewed it many times I moved forward with this nugget of inspiration. My brain is an eight lane interstate with all kinds of things going through it every day, and I need a reminder. Just having an inspirational thought won't do it. I need something concrete to go back and review and think about again. 

2. Include others in your inspiration

If you really want your inspiration to become reality you must bring others into it. Solomon shares a great nugget of wisdom in this area in Ecclesiastes chapter four. 

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

If you want to make a real, inspired change in your life you need others to help you. You need other people to help you ask you the tough questions about how you are doing. You need other people to pick you up when you're down and give you a swift kick in the behind when you're being lazy. We just need others. We are not strong enough on our own. 

3. You've got to take some action quickly

For me I know that if I procrastinate I don't really procrastinate...I cancel. If I don't take action on my inspiration quickly I don't change at all. Notice I said SOME action. If you have been inspired to make big changes in your personal life, your business, your church, or your family big changes don't happen quickly. BUT you've got to take some small action to keep the inspirational fire burning. 

Here's some a book on the subject, start listening to a podcast, start meeting with a friend, start making minor changes that you can do yourself without any help. A small action is a step in the right direction. 

I'm no leadership guru. I have not written books or spoke on large conferences. But these are simple things that have helped me move forward with inspirational moments. I could write a lot longer blog today on ways that I've failed to move forward with inspiration. Believe me I've got a PHD in failed inspirational moments. But through the years I've learned a few simple things that have helped me take real steps to real change. I hope this encourages you today. 

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