Inspiration ChecklistJun 06, 2021
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda
Find Inspiration in Nature
- Go for a walk in nature, practice mindfulness, and lose track of time for a while.
- Meditate or practice yoga in a nearby park.
- Watch children playing at the park then make a point to carry their spirit with you throughout the day.
- Watch your cat or dog in nature and try to emulate playfulness.
- Take a camera outside and photograph everything that looks beautiful to you.
- Practice deep breathing while listening to nature sounds.
- Draw or paint a scene outside your window.
- Watch Planet Earth DVDs to experience beauty of the oceans, forests, jungles, Great Plains, and caves.
- Get lost in nature photos online.
- Spend some time contemplating nature-based art.
Find Inspiration on the Web
- Watch a TED video to learn about inspiring ideas.
- Search for tweets with the hashtag #inspiration using the Twitter search functionality.
- Post an inspiring video, like Validation or The Tutu Project. Then be an active part of the conversation in the comments.
- Read blogs written by people who have overcome adversity.
- Join a forum of people who can relate to your challenges.
- Browse through inspirational quotes on Tiny Buddha.
- Share yourself vulnerably and authentically in a blog post—give inspiration to receive it.
- Learn about ways to change the world through social media.
- Watch 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes.
- Search Facebook for new inspirational pages to follow.
Find Inspiration in Possibilities
- Try something you’ve always assumed you can’t do but secretly wanted to try.
- Teach someone to do something and tap into your potential as a leader.
- Immerse yourself in learning something new and allow yourself to forget about the limitations of time.
- Write a bucket list of all the things you’d like to do in your lifetime.
- Create a vision board with pictures of all of those things.
- Brainstorm for ideas for a new project.
- Think about the challenges you face and identify possibly solutions.
- Submit your resume for a dream job instead of assuming you can’t get it.
- Attend a conference or retreat to connect with like-minded people. (The Wisdom 2.0 Conference recently inspired me!)
- Read 50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities and pick one to try today.
Find Inspiration in People
- Ask someone you love what they consider to be the most important thing they’ve ever learned.
- Ask everyone you see today what they’re grateful for.
- Ask someone to tell you about the thing they love the most in life, and watch how they light up sharing their passion.
- Ask your parents to tell you what you were like as a child, and remember what mattered to you then.
- Notice what matters to someone and focus solely on how they experience it.
- Join an organization of people making a positive difference in the world.
- Read an autobiography by someone who has marched to the beat of their own drummer.
- Listen to music that moves you and think about what the songwriter felt when s/he wrote it.
- Make a list of all the ways your friends and family members are your heroes. Odds are, there’s a lot of inspiration around you already.
- Spend time with children and see the world through their eyes.
Find Inspiration in Yourself
- Disconnect for a while and write in a journal.
- Make today the day you embrace a new healthy habit that can change your life for the better.
- Give yourself a pressure-free day with nothing to do accept the things you enjoy.
- Try something new and revel in the sensation of stretching beyond your comfort zone.
- Express yourself creatively in a way you never have before, by sculpting, for example, and see what comes in your mind and heart.
- Enjoy something you created in the past—a blog post, a video, a drawing, or a project.
- Sing in the shower. Put your heart into and release your feelings through music.
- Recognize in yourself the strengths you see in other people.
- Make a conscious decision to let go of something that doesn’t serve you.
- Reflect on everything you’ve learned and accomplished and how you’ve made a positive difference in the world.
What inspired you today?
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Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story.