Where do you find true inspiration?
I have found that I have to look no further than my own family and friends.
I know at times I have felt I have had to search the internet, read books, bought CDs. There is a huge market for “motivational” speakers. I would search high and low for that one source of true inspiration that would get my blood pumping and ready to go.
But sometimes true inspiration is right in front of your eyes…and you just have to take a moment to allow yourself to see it!
In my family there are people who have overcome major injuries, who did not allow those injuries to limit them, who rose above to gain entrance into hugely competitive academic programs, or pulled off great marks after having to have missed so much school. There are people who have built very successful businesses, people who are dreaming huge dreams of building something in exotic locations. People who lead seminars on how to buy real estate and empower people. Kids who can dance with a grace, skill and passion well beyond their years. There are black belts in Karate. There are artists. There are pillars in the community. When I look, when I really look…there is true inspiration all around me!!
I spend a tremendous amount of time coaching youth sports. I am surrounded by heroes. They are true inspiration. These kids work so hard, they give everything they have and leave nothing on the court. They overcome obstacles, they persevere, they win, they lose…but they play with character and heart. They transform themselves over the years, it is amazing to see. They are warriors…and yet the nicest and classiest kids on earth. They are true inspiration.
I have parents who enter talent competitions, who set major marks in marriage, who continue to educate themselves, who work out and keep themselves healthy. There are true inspiration for generations to come.
I have a wife who is beautiful and talented, and who makes a difference in people’s lives every single day. She does something that takes a lot of guts, that I am not sure I would have the strength to do…but she does it because people need her, and she is so good at it. She is true inspiration.
I have some audacious health goals I wish to achieve this summer. I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little lazy…needing some inspiration.
I needed to look no further than downstairs where much to my surprise someone very close to me, who has battled back time after time again from seeming setbacks in life with hardly ever a complaint … was doing a grueling workout. I was surprised. I was in awe. It was indeed true inspiration.
I slipped on my own shoes and did my own workout. I am well on my way to accomplishing that audacious goal…because the hardest part of doing it is getting started…and I have started.
Where can you look find true inspiration? Perhaps it is closer than you think.