In my business, I often consult on simplifying broad concepts and streamlining practical systems. The goal is usually the same: simplify an idea down to its bare essence and then deliver consistently desired results with efficient precision.
Vast libraries have been written on this subject by smarter people than I, with far greater sophistication and charismatic genius than I could hope to acquire. However, what I believe to be at the core of the so-called "self-help" industry is pure, unencumbered inspiration.
People want to be inspired, plain and simple. We want clarity of vision, and we want ownership of our efforts. Kids want it the same as adults, making us virtually indistinguishable in moments of exhilarating clarity. Most importantly, when we discover that which inspires, we conjure the determination to succeed.
I often spend time focusing clients on what inspires them. Whether artistic, athletic, intellectual, musical, individual or collaborative, each of us has the capacity to realize a unique happiness revealed through the simplicity of what inspires.
We have all experienced this to one extent or another. Think back on a time when you were caught in a moment that filled you with such clarity and focused intention that you could not fail. Those moments are what we live for, and yet most of us neglect to step out of the mundane momentum of habitual inertia.
We stumble from day to day, catching glimpses of others' genius, hoping for our own muse to inspire something greater, something more fulfilling. We don't stop often enough to ask ourselves, "What inspires me?" and time ticks on.
When we stop to approach daily life with focus and intention, the meaningless becomes irrelevant, obsolete and futile. When we seek out that which inspires us, savoring the marrow that feeds our soul, we begin to change the way we live.
When we discard the uninspired superficial for the substantive, food tastes better, conversation seems more meaningful, possessions become less important, and everyday experiences begin to link one moment of revelation to the next. We discover a blissful correlation between stimulation, motivation and gratitude.
Life evolves. And it's infectious.
This is why we seek out charismatic people who inspire us. They exude possibility, determination and the kind of passion that ignites intentional action. We already know these people. They help to make our lives better every day, just doing what they do.
A few who inspire me daily, include Rainy Day Designs' Craig Wheeless and Erin Rigney, Moms for Moms Communities' Janine Cuthbertson, the Hotel Jerome's Tony DiLucia, Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Diana Sirko, True Nature's Branden Cohen, and A New Path's Frankie Grundler and Miriam Meima.
These remarkable individuals and others have helped me to understand why outstanding customer service is the heart of any good business model. They have inspired me to be the best that I can be, both professionally and personally, simply by doing what they do exceptionally well.
Finding inspiration in unlikely places, often when we least expect it, can be revealing. When we start every day with an open mind, a willing heart and the intention to receive the gifts all around us, we set ourselves up for success. When we learn to lead with love and purpose, we discover that the everyday is filled with inspirational people, doing extraordinary things, with intentional resolve.
We can learn to be one of them when we strip the world down to the bare essence of who we want to be, what we want to accomplish and why.
Simplifying starts with shedding that which we have outgrown. This creates the tangible space for us to evolve and grow into the person we seek to become. Take away anything that no longer serves our purpose, add only what inspires.
- "Life. Simplified." appears on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Evan Zislis is founder and principal consultant of www.MyIntentionalSolutions.com, delivering hands-on organizational solutions for households, businesses, nonprofits, students, and life transitions. To suggest column topics, visit the Facebook page "Intentional Solutions." For more information about simplifying your stuff and organizing your life, call 366.2532 or email evan@MyIntentionalSolutions.com.