Inspiration VS Excitement
While living in Costa Rica I felt the most inspired and determined to live life to the fullest. I'd run short and slow or long and fast and either way I had a smile! I'd take a day off from running and do HIIT@HOME workout, or I'd do yoga down the road or go for a long walk with the family. Always moving and generating more inspiration from Mother Nature and my connection to myself.
I have admitted to others and I'll admit it to you, I experienced a sadness when I left Costa Rica. I battled many inner negative voices and worried I'd loose the connection to Mother Nature and the connection to myself.
When we were in NY I felt really inspired by the hustle and bustle. Even in the concrete jungles I felt inspired to work late in the hotel work space. I kept the feeling of spiritual connection.. I felt ALIVE there too.
Then we headed to Arizona, and within a couple weeks I was starting to feel a bit depleted in that inspiration department, yet I felt my fitness was turning a new leaf, I was now lifting and I was able to stat taking action on ideas.
That excited me! (which I thought was inspiring me)
And as I've learned, there is a difference between feeling EXCITED VS INSPIRED.
Excitement is the anticipation of the future.
Inspired is stimulating the movement of forward.
I was excited to be in Arizona, I was excited to do the girl events with ivivva and Skate Rising. I was excited to be in North America and launch my clothing line! ->
I wasn't inspired to run outside and I wasn't inspired to write as much. And those 2 things are things that I do for my business and also for my spiritual and physical health. As a health professional I knew how important they both were, thus I did them. I ran on the hamster wheel and I felt amazing each and every time. I wrote, but it was a struggle. There was a clear blockage that I couldn't overcome. It wasn't flowing, it was taking forever to stay on track, it wasn't consistent. I took a step back and gave myself space to see what it was (hint- inspiration)
Last week I got a BIG slap in the face when I received AMAZING NEWS, well, I thought it was at first....
One of my articles was published on a fitness website! I was super excited to receive the email and read "Congratulations you were published" READ HERE
Then I read it.
(insert whomp whomp whomp)
To start it off, the first paragraph has a spelling error (can vs can't - pretty big spelling error.) From then on out, you can read the remainder of the article is uninspired writing- it was FORCED writing.
- I was writing because I was feeling the should be's of business and my own spiritual health.
- I was writing because it was an expectation I put on myself.
Bottom line- I was writing because I was faking. BOOM- There's the truth.
I wasn't inspired.
Did I know I was faking? NO!
Did I mean to be a fake? Gosh NO!
Did I deceive people? NO
The only person I deceived was myself. Purely myself. I wasn't giving myself the space and time to realize what I was doing. I was doing the "should be's" in life and I was caught up in the EXCITEMENT of clothing line and events. It was 90% excitement 10% inspiration.
Excitement is anticipation of the future... Inspiration is the stimulation of moving forward.
Anticipation VS Stimulation
For example - You can anticipate running a marathon or doing other fun things but until you are stimulated by a reward or prize, will you do it?
Again, it wasn't until I was in this situation and with this BIG SLAP in the face right in front of me, I would have never discovered the difference between EXCITEMENT and INSPIRATION.
As with anything in life, fitness and business, I share to inspire (stimulate movement) you!
My desire for you is to find what inspires you and HOLD ON TO IT. Write it down, take a picture of it, wear it, keep it close to you at all times! Have a constant reminder of what is moving you forward will help you live more authentically and more free flowing. Remember resistance happens when we force things in life.