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Things I do for Inspiration

Good Morning All,

I don’t have a newsy research paper to share or some crafty idea to write about this morning.  But in an effort to hold true to my own commitment to blog MUCH more than I did last year I’ll write down a few thoughts about how the week is going.

Today is a great day because it’s Friday!  Beyond that, so far the best part of my week has been having the opportunity at work to hear author Simon Sinek (follow him on Twitter @simonsinek come and talk about his philosophies captured in his book “Start With Why!”  Fascinating concepts about how the primitive/older part of our brain is where decisions (gut feelings) are made.  The newer part of our brains, the neocortex, is where we give life to those feelings through the gift of language.  I personally believe that those that are best articulating feeling have some special connection between these two parts of the brain or perhaps it is a muscle that gets stronger with exercise–i.e. my passion for writing.  Anyway, if you haven’t read the book, or have seen it and passed it by–you might want to give it a read.  You’ll learn a lot about yourself that might surprise you.  Here’s a link to the book for sale at Amazon Paperback starts at $8.16, hardcover from $13.98

Anyway, back to my thesis–things I do for inspiration.  Depending upon my perspective and what it is I want or need to do, look at the following

Want/Need: Inspiration Activity

Write/Journal: Read or listen to music
Clean/do laundry: Listen to music or think about some project I want to start
Creative Time w/kids: Read about parenting, watch a short “HowTo” clip on YouTube
Go to Work: Take a shower/review my calendar printed from previous day
Do Admin Project: Sharpen Pencils, Get out stack of blank paper, organize my research data

Anyway, you get the idea.  I try to align my motivational/inspiration activity prior to engaging in the chore with something that is either aligned with my focus/purpose–or, something that completely takes my mind off the task entirely.  If creativity is where my passion lies–I’m one of those strange people who really get inspired/enthused by the smell of freshly sharpened pencils or a bag filled with new office supplies (I know, sounds a little strange).  Seriously you should try just walking through the isles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, Office Depot or Office Max…tell me you don’t get a hankering to sit down and start writing!

As an extrovert, I really prefer group activities and find it more fun to do inspirational rallying with others.  When it comes to writing, I really enjoy getting up before everyone in the house–browsing Twitter, my favorite news sites, or reviewing my blog subscriptions to feel like I’m connecting with all the other bloggers out there who write knowing that there may be one, 50, or none who read my ramblings.

So, in parting, before I motivate myself off of this couch to head into work, let me just share that I am grateful to have been able to wake up and under my own power (mobility) get up out of bed and have the freedom to translate to you through my neocortex, the passion that flows from my limbic (primitive brain) system.

Good day everyone and thanks for reading!  Tell me, how do you inspire or motivate yourself?

Ed (follow me on Twitter @justasked)

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Why New Years Resolutions Rarely Work ~ How to Make Sure Yours Stick

Many people embark upon a new year with great intentions–vowing to themselves to be committed and change their lives.  Many invest in bicycles, running shoes, memberships, new computers, you name it!  The hope is that somehow, the acquisition will guarantee a change of habits, or a new “me!”

Well, if you haven’t yet embarked upon your resolution, there’s hope. You must be realistic and find what fits into how you already do life for the desired changes to become part of your daily life.  These three simple steps will ensure you develop good habits of personal investment:

Take inventory: What is your current schedule, commitments and available time?

Find What Works: Start with 10 minutes of writing/drawing/designing; 20 minutes (with a timer) of cleaning/reorganizing; 20 minutes of exercise (start with walking or something manageable)

Be Consistent: Find a regular (recurring) space in your schedule that you can afford to squeeze in those extra 20 or 30 minutes (you normally are procrastinating or lounging) and mark it as sacred personal investment time.  Using the same time slot every day is important to help you feel a commitment to yourself, and to begin to see progress.

Remember, life is short…you can buy the best diet program, fitness membership, new clothes and technology, but the only way to develop new skills and abilities to become a new you, is to take action.  The more complicated and expensive it is, the less likely it is that by Dec 31, 2011 you’ll still be doing what you set out to do Jan 1, 2011.   Do what you can, where you can.  Grandiose plans and intentions are often neglected and quickly fade away into memory–without the results.

Good luck to you!  Remember, if you need a little encouragement along the way, you can always tweet a shout out to me @justasked

Happy New Year!