Too often you feel like you must do something or you should do something. That’s why you don’t do anything at all. If you want to get more done and achieve the results you desire in your life and work, take inspired action not required action.
Raise Your Energy with Passion
When you feel like you have to do something because an outside force compels you to do so, you are less likely to take action. You feel obligated to complete the activity but you don’t feel passionate about it. For example, if a doctor tells you to exercise or a boss tells you to complete a project, you know in our mind that doing so will benefit you. That doesn’t necessarily make you want to do exercise or do your work.
If, on the other hand, you love bike riding and decide to take up an exercise routine that involves cycling, you probably will follow through—whether a doctor tells you to do so or not. If you decide to take on a new work project because it is something you feel passionate about—something you really want to do for personal reasons, you likely will start and finish it quickly and easily. And you will do so without anyone pushing or prodding you to do so.
Find Passion and Meaning
You will always take on an activity with more energy and desire when you feel passionate about it. Lacking passion, you can find some degree of personal meaning in the task, which can lead to passion. How do you do that with everything you do—required or chosen? Look for some sense of benefit to others in whatever you do.
If your boss gives you a job, no matter how menial, find a way to make it meaningful. Maybe you are flipping burgers, but if you see this as a service to others it becomes a meaning-full job. If you must write a report that seems boring, ask yourself who will benefit from that report. The report provides a service to those people, and that fills the task of writing the report with meaning.
If you must exercise for your health (not because you want to do so), you are being of service to yourself and to your family. If you must drive children to activities or elderly parents to appointments, you are being of service to them. If you must clean the house, cook, do laundry—any small or large task or activity—someone benefits from what you do.
When what you do is in service to others, your actions become meaning-full rather than empty activities.
Creating Inspired Activities
Focus on service and meaning, and your passion for what you do grows. You also will increase the energy and commitment you feel for your activities, and you will get more done. You’ll achieve more results—and feel inspired while you achieve them.
If you need help finding courage, I’d be happy to discuss how High Performance Coaching might help you fulfill your potential and live your life with more meaning and inspiration. To set up a 1-hour FREE High Performance Coaching session, click here. Then download the free session application, and submit it. I’ll contact you to schedule your session time.