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What is Inspired Action? Plus, How to Use it to Reach Your Goals 

Inspired Action to Reach Your Goals

We all have dreams and goals in life — they can be nearly anything. Some basic dreams or goals may include starting a business, changing the world, or retiring comfortably.

Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, we don’t always take the action on a daily basis to make our dreams a reality. {Uh, guilty. Raising my hand over here. But, working on changing that.}

Despite our best intentions, it often feels as thought achieving our goals is impossible. Keep reading to learn how to change this start today.

Why don’t we take action on a daily basis to reach our goals?

There are a plethora of reasons why this might happen. One common barrier I hear is that inspiration is lacking. As an Entrepreneur, this is the most common excuse I have used over the years. It has left me contemplating: If I are not inspired, how I we take action? 

This article will help you to understand inspired action and how to use to reach your goals. It’s time to harness the power of inspired action. 

What is Inspired Action?

  • Have you ever had a sudden idea or thought pop into your head out of nowhere? 
  • Has then been a time where you could sense you needed to do something, often out of the ordinary, without explanation?
  • What about a deep sensing or knowing that something needs to happen, best described as a gut reaction?
  • Have you sensed your intuition pushing you to do something?

These are all examples of inspired action. 

Feeling a sudden drive to make a move, that is inspired action. It can also be described as inspired effort which involves taking steps to get you closer to your dreams and goals.

Here’s the thing: If you receive inspired action, you need to take action! You can’t receive inspired action and then not act on it​​​​​​​.

You might also be wondering, how do you create inspired action when you are not feeling inspired? If that is the case, keep scrolling to find your answer. 

Now, when you receive inspired action, this doesn’t mean you have to drop everything the moment. But, you want to make sure that you have a way to act on that inspiration in the near future. ​​​​​​​Put a pin in that thought, we will get back to that in a little bit.

Why Inspired Action is Important and What Are the Benefits?​​​​​​​

Inspired action is the key to lasting success. It’s what differentiates the people who achieve their goals from those who don’t.

When you are in a mental state in which you are connected to your goals — that’s inspired action. And, it helps to propel you forward toward your end game. In other words, inspired actions gives you a sense of excitement and urgency.

You aren’t bogged down by doubts or fears. You are focused and driven. You have a deep sense of knowing what you want is possible. Because of this, you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve them.

The Benefit is Making Progress on Your Goals. 

When working toward goals, a common problem is not knowing the next step. Perhaps you know the initial steps to take, but are really sure what the middle of the project will look like to get to your goal. 

In the case of inspired action, you don’t let not knowing the next step hinder your progress. This is because you know that continuing to take action will create inspired action and the next step will be revealed to you.

If you still struggle to uncover the next step, it will be helpful to get clear. In other words, you will want to take some time to clear your mind. This may involve getting out into nature. Or, taking a break to meditate or sit in silence.

When you set an intention before engaging in these activities, you let the Universe know you’re seeking answers. Whether or not you receive inspired action while engaging in these activites is yet to be seen. But, if you set your intention and release the expectation of getting an answer, you may find answers coming your way.

Keep reading to learn how to take inspired action today. 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

Steve Jobs

How do you create inspired action when you are not feeling inspired?​​​​​​​

1. Take time for yourself.

This may seem counterproductive, but it’s actually essential. Don’t let the urban legend of too much to do, not enough time stand in your way.

As you take time for yourself, you might consider meditating or sitting ins silence. Focus on your breath. Imagine every muscle in your body relaxing. If a thought comes into your mind, watch it float past you without engaging with it.

Once you’ve calmed your mind and cleared your head, you can begin to think about the actions that you want to take.

A couple of thoughts you may explore during this time out:

  • What are you truly passionate about?
  • Ask the Universe to provide the answers to the questions you seek. Or, to reveal the next step of the process for you.

2. Get clear about your goals.

As humans, we have the tendency to want to do all this things. When we have a million different ideas flying around in our minds, we have a hard time focusing on the things that matter the most.

In order to find inspired action, you need to make sure that your goals are clear. What do you want to achieve? What are your priorities?

Once you have a good understanding of your goals, you can start to think about the steps you need to take to achieve them. If any ideas come to mind that do not help you get closer to what you are trying to achieve, it is time to write those ideas down to reference at a later time. 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

I used to struggle with keeping my thoughts in order — if it didn’t get written down, it would get forgotten. At the same time, I did not have an efficient system in place to write those things down to ensure I’d take action on them in the future.

Reading between the lines: I had a shit ton of notebooks, post-its, and scrap pieces of paper all over the place with thoughts, ideas, and notes on them. Not efficient.

In order to overcome these problems, it became apparent I needed a system to store my thoughts and ideas. And, it needed to be something within arms reach at any point in time.

Enter Notion, the life changing technology that I’m addicted to now. It has totally changed my life. This video about how to use Notion helped me to create a system for my daily to-do AND to track inspired thoughts. This way, I’m able to carefully file those thoughts for future reference without worrying it will get lost or forgotten — unlike those countless notebooks, post-its, and scraps of papers all over the place.

3. Put together a plan of action.

Every decision you make should be based on whether or not it will help you move closer to your vision.

This is where you get specific. What are the steps you need to take to achieve each goal? What are the resources you need? What are the deadlines you need to meet?

If you do not have all the answers right away, that is totally fine. Default back to the first step — take time for yourself — until you receive the answers you seek. 

As you think about your plan of action, don’t let it overwhelm you. Personally, I’ve fallen victim to the daunting feeling of creating a plan of action. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, instead of thinking about what you need to do next or getting all the steps on paper, it might be better to focus on how you can simply steps. Start by breaking each goal down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Once you have a plan in place, you can start working on achieving your goals.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE

Moving past the daunting feeling of an overwhelming action plan and generating inspired action instead.

Let’s pretend I am procrastinating on bookkeeping tasks for my business (uh, not too far outside the realm of possibility because there are more interesting and exciting things I’d like to do with my time).

When I’ve realized a task has been on my to-do list with no action for too long, I’ll often ask myself, “What is the easiest point of entry for this task?

This often means simply opening up a notebook, looking through a file, or organizing documents. Yes, I need to actually take steps to actually reconcile my books. But, if I am out of the habit of looking at my bookkeeping records, just opening up the file and organizing the document is a much easier point of entry. I’m more likely to take action than if I were to think of all the things that need to happen… this only results in feeling overwhelmed with all the things.

This technique works so well for me, I often will pick up a task at the lowest point of entry — such as organizing a file — and get sucked into the project for the next several hours. When I say I get sucked in, it’s a beautiful example of inspired action.

Staying Motivated and Accountable: Even if you feel like you’re terrible at it

I feel like we need to start this off by saying, no one is perfect. And, everyone has days when they don’t feel motivated to do anything.

We might find inspired action to be good in theory, but continuing the momentum can be difficult to sustain. The important thing is to not let those unmotivated days turn into weeks or months. Or, letting a rough patch knock you completely off course. 

To truly harness the power of inspired action, you really have to learn to be disciplined. This doesn’t have to come from a forceful place. Rather, when you hit a roadblock in the process, default to the three ways to create inspired action. The point is to learn to stick with your goals and continue to make progress no matter what happens. 

Bookmark this article to reference when you need some inspired action. Bonus points if you are bookmarking it in Notion!

The middle is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens.

Brené Brown

Inspired Action is Not Forced — It’s About Welcoming and Embracing Flow

Have you ever finished a task then realized how much time had passed and couldn’t believe you worked for that long because it felt like only a few minutes had gone by. When, in reality, you spent HOURS on it. That, my friends, is a state of flow. 

Working in flow is an incredible super power. You become so engrossed in the task, it feels as though nothing else is happening in the world. It’s like you get sucked into your own little time warp. It is the opposite of trying to force something to happen, which can end up feeling like time is dragging on forever.

An example of finding inspired action and working in a state of flow is described in the Personal Note under 3. Put together a plan of action above.

On the other hand, we all know what it feels like to work on something while time feels like it takes forever to pass. My most vivid memory of this is from elementary school when we had “silent reading” time and I didn’t like the book I was reading. Two minutes felt like an hour, it just dragged on and on.

As you learn to apply the steps to create inspired action outlined above, you will learn to capture and harness the state of flow. In other words, inspired action helps you to make progress toward your goals without force.

Take this as a sign to stop forcing things to happen and, instead, learn to welcome and embrace a state of flow with inspired action.

Bringing it to a Close

You should have a better understanding of inspired action, why it’s amazing, and how to incorporate into your life. If you have any other questions about inspired action, drop ‘em below in the comment section. I am happy to answer — perhaps it is important enough to be added to the article! My goal is to make my content as robust as possible, so I’m always looking for ways to improve and help others out more.

Well, that’s all for now.

XOXO Kristi
XOXO Kristi

About Author

Oh, hey there. You’ll probably find me eating a piece of pizza and overthinking life. The good news for you — I’m sharing some deep thoughts about the many life lessons learned over the years. Airing A-L-L the dirty laundry is because we gotta let go of that shit in order to find true happiness. Tell me, are you ready to let go to bring about happy in your life?

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