Why To Get Inspired

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.

why get inspired

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.

To Live

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?

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  • Jessica Marie

    You know, I’ve had this conversation with myself for the past year. My goal is to eventually move out of Pennsylvania and I did try it last year… however, there are things I need to accomplish to work towards that goal – I couldn’t just arrive at it… so I’m looking for a second job here to save. I love working in a library – I love my job now from my coworkers, to the patrons, to the tasks I have to accomplish. I’ve been there for eight years. I loved my other job I had in college as well (2.5 years) from coworkers to writing to training. I would love to have job(s) like those two… getting along with my boss(es), coworkers, the clientele are important to me. I know it probably sounds stupid to people, but getting along with the people I work with are a must. They can be just as inspirational! Eventually, I would love to be a travel writer – both in print and online. I love traveling, exploring cultures, photography. Whenever I watch the Cooking Channel, Create TV, PBS and read blogs, it really has inspired me over the past three years. Even when I take a trip or see a show or do something fun, it’s an inspiration.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      It doesn’t sound stupid at all! One of my favorite things about where I work now is that I have amazing co-workers! Having worked in places where gossip was everyone’s favorite topic and hazing actually took place (in my first restaurant job in college), I know the importance of having friendly co-workers who you want to spend time with! It’s just impossible to be productive for that many hours a day with people you don’t like.

      I hope you’re able to meet those goals eventually! Being a travel writer would be such an amazing experience!

      • Jessica Marie

        I know after things happened last year, co-workers from both jobs were very important to me. They were understanding and very caring. I honestly think if it weren’t for my co-workers, things would have been much worse. The university job ended in December, but I still have my library job and I just love it. I’ve been at the library for 8 years and my coworkers always muse about how they have seen me grow over the years.

        I do little bits on my blog now. Wherever I travel to, I write about it. Even though I didn’t end up moving to Michigan, I’m still going to write about it. :) I am also thinking about when I do finally relocate, I want to write about the experiences to help others in the process. I belong to this one site and people made relocating to be so simple, but for a young person it isn’t (though, I’m sure it’s not easy for an older person either!), especially if they are on a limited income and they don’t have close friends or family in that area. I’m not brave enough to just pick up and move without a plan.

  • http://thelilaclinnet.com Llinos

    My reason is to celebrate being alive, as I came close to leaving this life when cancer came calling. I know I’m lucky to be here.

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      I think that’s such an amazing point, and I’m glad you are still here :)

  • Aly Bubbles

    You are right when you say that everyone, everywhere needs inspiration. People often think that science (what I’m currently studying) is a mainly analytical field, and it is, but they don’t realize that it also involves lots of creativity and inspiration. How do you think scientists come up with cures for diseases? Someone was inspired to test the effect of a certain drug on the disease. If it works, we have a cure! The same goes for physics, engineering, etc.
    Thank you for this series, Kiersten. Inspiration is definitely a relevant topic that everyone can relate to :)


    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      That was exactly my point! We tend to think of inspiration as a creative-career type of thing, as with writing and art. But I believe it applies everywhere and you make such a good example of pointing out vaccinations!