Since I started this series on finding inspiration I’ve written a lot about inspiration: what it is, where to find it, and how to force it have been three of my favorite posts on the subject. But what I haven’t told you yet is why to get inspired. If you’re a writer, an artist, a DIY expert, or even a blogger yourself, this can seem pretty obvious. But what if you’re a financial analyst or a lawyer? Does finding what inspires you still matter? In my opinion, absolutely.
To Enjoy Your Work
No matter what you do for a living, whether it’s drafting reports for someone else to present, or designing an entire house from start to finish, inspiration is so important to you enjoying what you’re doing. At some point along the way, you were inspired to go into a certain field. Something made you want that job, even if it’s not the job you’d always wanted for yourself. And in fact, especially if this isn’t the job you’ve always wanted.
We’re all going to have horrible jobs and terrible bosses at some point. You’re going to wake up some mornings and realize that the last thing you want to do is drag yourself back into the office for another eight hours at a job you may not enjoy. Finding inspiration in your life and in your job can make those eight hours a lot less awful and in fact, more meaningful.
To Push Yourself
Life, and so much about it, is hard. Every step of the way could leave you wondering why even bother, and there are going to be days when you’re not sure you can understand why. So much about life, whether it’s going back to school, crossing that next item off your bucket list, or travelling to a country you’ve always wanted to see, means pushing ourselves to limits we didn’t know we had.
Without inspiration, there’s be no way we’d do half the things we do every day. Even the smallest things, like an interview at a job you want more than anything or first date with someone you’ve liked for a long time, require us to get inspired.
Whether it’s in the office, in the home, or in the mountains a thousand miles from home, inspiration is what keeps us going every day. Inspiration is what drives you to run that 10K, or to host that party you’re terrified won’t go the way you’d planned. We need inspiration in our lives to force us to live, to get out of bed in the mornings and do something worth remembering.
Inspiration, I think, is a key piece of motivation. It’s what encourages us to get motivated in the first place, and the thing that tells us what to get motivated about.
So what about you? What are your reasons for getting inspired?