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Inspiration From Within

Bill Nelson

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

What is it that, when you see it or hear it, gets the adrenalin flowing?

What aspect of human endeavour causes you to be motivated?

What aspects of life cause your skin to tingle?

I want you to think about the answers to these questions and think about them carefully. It is important that you know the answers to these and other similar questions.


Because you will need to know the answers so that when the dark days come, you know where to go to get that little ray of sunshine that will get you taking that first step back on the road to positive resolution.

But as we have some time for you to think about the answers to those questions, if I may, let me ask you this:

Do you ever recognise that things that you have done also inspire, motivate and fire up others who witness them?

Chances are that the humility within you will stop you from being honest here; but I really think it is important that you see these aspects of self, that you sometimes look for from others.

As you have gone about doing these wonderful things and achieving these exciting outcomes, chances are you have not really had a reason to recognise the significance of what you have done.

Now this can happen for many reasons:

  1. Time (or lack of it)
  2. Perspective (that's just what I do)
  3. Necessity (why would I look at what I do?)

Now from my perspective, the two main reasons that you do not always recognise the significant achievements in your life are

(1) because they're about you and perhaps you don't see what you do or how you do it as anything special; and

(2) as a first time witness, you don't usually get the exhilaration of seeing the finished product or end result.

Many times the motivation, exhilaration and inspiration that we draw from life comes about simply because we get to see the end result or just the important parts of the achievement. When you just see the day-to-day that goes into the development and attainment of aspects of life, you are, to a certain degree, still inspired - but probably not to the same degree as if you had seen it as a finished result.

Think about it. If you were to see the day-to-day training of an athlete it would, to some degree, be motivational; but when you see them get the gold medal, it is inspirational!

You stand there and watch your new house get built: brick by brick it comes together; it all looks nice as it takes form. There is a level of anticipation as each aspect begins to take shape: high spirits as the first internal wall is boarded, pleasure as the windows are put into position, delight as the lock up stage is reached.

And as exciting as all of this is it isn't the same as if you turn up to see the end result: the finished product in all its glory. There it is, your new house, complete with landscaping, gardens, appliances, colour scheme, decor, and furnishings. When you see these for the first time it is a wonderfully exhilarating experience.

The same situation occurs when you are involved with the day-to-day aspects of your life. Although you probably do get motivated and inspired by both the process and outcome of life achievement, the enthusiasm will not be as great simply because you witness the ‘go forward’ as a piece by piece, day by day occurrence. And even though you realise what you do, that you do it very well and as you do you accomplish wonderful things, at the end of the day you view it as just ‘You’ and you probably don't believe you should be motivated by what you do and how you do it.

Absolutely incorrect thinking on your part.

It is great that you can find aspects of life from which you draw inspiration motivation and purpose. But as you do, never discount the things you do and how you do them. Don't ever miss the opportunity to be true to your standards and self, but at the same time never sell yourself short.

If it is OK for others to draw the inspiration and motivation from you, it is also OK for you to draw inspiration and motivation from the same source.

Now this is not about ego or being full of your own self-importance, or thinking you are better than you are. It is about taking the time and, in the right way, recognising the things that you have done and how well you have done them.

Recognise the things that you have done and done well - the things that have made a difference to your life and no doubt a difference to the lives of those around you. As you do take that step back to recognise all things good that have your footprint on them, and as you do remember. . .

The Journey Continues.

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Bill Nelson is an elite international sporting coach who has turned his knowledge of developing peak team and individual performance into a world-class corporate consultancy, Total Performance Concepts Pty Ltd.

Bill's wisdom on the science of motivation, performance coaching and team building has been utilised by business organisations, defence forces, the real estate and telecommunications industries, educational institutions, local government, numerous businesses and elite sporting programs throughout the world.


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