You know the feeling, that feeling of, I need to get my shit together. Or I need to do this positive thing; I need to make this change in my life. I know what I have to do now; I’m ready for greatness. It’s the feeling you take away from that great quote, or that awesome poem or movie, or song or talk with your friend. It doesn’t matter where it came from, that moment right there is the kind we read about, the moment of inspiration. You were just inspired and maybe even motivated to do something. If it’s making a change, or starting something new, you’re about to do something and it is probably a good thing. But that feeling can be fleeting…
I don’t think this feeling can be underrated. Sitting here at 4:58 am writing this I feel so inspired. I just watched a video on the Internet and it shook me to my core. Here is Neil deGrasse Tyson blowing minds as usual.
And to anyone who notices yes it is from front-page reddit.
This is the kind of video that makes you want to just get up and do something. To go out and achieve something. And when that feeling comes from somebody close to you? Boy it is even better! Because it is personal, and that person is going to watch you, and they will see you develop and do or not do what they hoped you would. And that kind of role model who is really there, you can feel in your mind every time you make a decision. Role models and inspirational materials should never be underrated. This is the kind of stuff that fuels people to greatness. It isn’t just lonely geniuses that solve the world’s problems and push humanity forward. It’s the collaborations of inspired and motivated individuals that move us toward greatness.
Don’t be afraid to find mentors, or people to look up to. Don’t be afraid to search for inspirational things. It doesn’t matter what kind. If it inspires you, if it motivates you to better yourself, then it is okay to view. In fact I would say view it more! A good friend of mine gained the motivation to study and learn both Korean and Japanese because of a singer/actor she adores, yet never met. I have another friend who has developed a marvelous artistic talent, just like his grandfather, who was always there to guide him.
One of my passions is time management. I remember that Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography inspired me to manage my time better. I need to reread that book because I’ve been slipping.
Never ever undervalue what inspires or motivates you. Just get more of it.