Get inspired by anyone, even yourself!

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you, says Tony Dorset. Yes, inspiration may come to anyone at any point of time, but you always can create a conducive climate within you, so that you get self-inspired. For self-inspiration, both your heart and mind need to be relaxed, so that you can take the inspiration from within.

But relaxation itself is not enough. It has to be accompanied by mindfulness, attentiveness and action. Thinking is great. But action makes things happen.

Action takes energy, so where does that energy come from? It comes from within. Inspiration is a powerful force, and inspired action is one of the most powerful ways to motivate yourself. Carrots and sticks are usually external forms of motivation. Instead, if you inspire yourself, you light your fire from the inside out.

Here are 5 ways to light the fire and inspire yourself to take action:

1. Be decisive: Decide. Make a decision and ‘go.’ If you waffle back and forth on things, or can’t make up your mind, you spend a lot of energy in analysis paralysis. Instead, decide on something you want, and test it. Take action and test your results.

2. Find some role models: A key ingredient for living an inspired bold life is to find role models that we can emulate and imitate – people who help us find ourselves in the process. In life, we determine our course of action by observing and practicing the behaviour of those who strike a chord with us; people whose stories and examples ignite the fire inside of our bellies.

3. Draw from inspirational words of wisdom: Quotes are your friend. Whenever you need to summon your inner-strength, it helps if you have little one-liner reminders that keep you going.

4. Shift to the future: Dwelling on the past is a quick way to bring yourself down. To lift yourself up, switch on to the future and envision the possibilities.

5. Connect to your values: You can connect everything you do, to your values. This is a powerful way to inspire yourself. For example, if one of your values is, ‘adventure’, so at work, turn every project into an ‘epic adventure’ and make it about the journey. There’s always a big villain or challenge to conquer, and an epic win to shoot for. And plenty of ‘growth’ along the way.

Always remember, every great dream begins with a dreamer. You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

C. JoyBell C. aptly points out: If you can find no one to become your ideal to aspire to, no one to be your ultimate example, your idol, your motivation— don’t fret! You can and you must become your own ultimate aspiration, your own example, your own idol, ideal, motivation! You go and be what you haven’t found yet!