The word “inspiration” usually means something that mentally stimulates you.
But “inspiration” also means to breathe in.
The meanings poetically combine when you think of yourself breathing in thoughts, filling your body with ideas.
But don’t forget to breathe out.
Some people watch hundreds of TED talks, looking for inspiration.
Some read speeches of inspiring leaders.
Tech entrepreneurs visit tech websites every few hours, looking for new inspiration.
Musicians, writers, artists, and everyone else, all scouring the world for inspiration.
Breathing in, and in, and in, and in.
Yet most of them are not feeling inspired enough. They are looking for more, thinking something else out there will truly inspire them.
Want to know why?
Because nothing is truly inspiring unless you apply it to your work. (“work” meaning your life’s output, whether creative, business, or personal.)
In other words, your work, itself, is the inspiration. Breath in inspiration, breath out inspired work.
You may hear something or see something that gives you a new idea. But it’s only when you stop and think of your work through this new perspective, that you actually jump up and go turn the idea into reality.
That’s the real inspiration that everyone is looking for!
The inspiration is not the receiving of information. The inspiration is applying what you have received.
People think that if they keep reading articles, browsing books, listening to talks, or meeting people, that they are going to suddenly get inspired. Reading an inspiring blog article without applying the learning is uninspiring.
But constantly seeking inspiration is anti-inspiring.
You have to pause the input, and focus on your output. Hard work is not only attractive, it is inspiring.
For every bit of inspiration, use it and amplify it by applying it to your work.
Then you will finally feel the inspiration you have been looking for.
Inspiration is not about: Breath in. Breath in. Breathe in (seeking inspiration all the time)
Inspiration is about: Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.
No breathing out without first breathing in. No breathing in without first breathing out.