Fine-tuning Inspiration

In case you didn’t notice, last May, I just stopped.

Fine-tuningI needed to reboot and regroup – and the first step was to begin fine-tuning my inspiration. To do this, I had to stop.

I stopped…

…writing blog posts that felt like pulling teeth

…forcing myself to have something to say

…expecting myself to write anything, at all (I can hear the social media experts GASPING all the way over here!)

…and found the silence within to rekindle my inspiration

At the about the same time, I started…

…focusing on what felt better

…reaching out locally and connecting with more people

…participating in more interesting conversations

…a success team, focusing on helping each other

…reconnected to some new sources of inspiration

…allowing myself to take as long as I needed to be inspired

…participating in daily appreciation sharing

In other words: I stopped doing anything that dragged me down and started only taking action where inspiration guided me. Little by little, I began to see what really inspires me. It did me a world of good and helped me heal from the inside out. How you fine-tune your inspiration may look a little different even if the effect is the same.

Is there something you need to stop doing to get back in touch with your inspiration?

How about something you’ve been meaning to start?

As time went on, I just noticed that I wasn’t inspired to write blog posts, but I was making a lot of new networking connections, talking to a lot more people face-to-face, and finding many new ways to feel inspired.

After replying to another person’s post, I was asked to write the guest post about my experience as a mother teaching my then-teenage son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, to use affirmations to improve his relationship with Math. I was so busy networking and getting word out about my illustrations/web design business, though, that I never got around to writing it. Molly Player, bless her heart, proactively took my blog comment and stretched into the post on her LOA Stories blog. Still, I was inspired to share what Mollie had posted.

Meanwhile, nothing more was inspired for this blog.

However, when Jeannette Maw, The Good Vibe Coach and founder of Good Vibe University, asked me to write a blog post based on a conversation we had last week, I took advantage of the quiet holiday week to get it done. Not only did I write the post based on a discussion we had during one of last week’s Good Vibe University LOA calls, I also recorded myself reading the post for those who do better listening than reading. Go read and/or listen to the blog post Invite Your Problems to Stay and leave a comment!

What all of this has shown me is that inspiration is not only an individual experience, it cannot be mandated. It happens when it happens. Forcing it doesn’t encourage inspiration, it suppresses it.

I also realized that I really enjoy interacting with people. There hadn’t been enough interaction here on the blog to make it fun or to inspire me. I love to discuss ideas with savvy Deliberate Creators who understand the world is a mirror and appreciate the reminders that it is always an ‘inside job’.

Taking the time to fine-tune my inspiration has helped me focus my energy in the best way possible.

This blog was built for interaction…as I continue to fine-tune my inspiration, I will continue to post only when I feel inspired. However, you can help inspire me with your questions and discussions. If you want to hear more from me, here is how you can help: Let me know what questions you have or what subjects you’d like me to address!

Let me know your questions in the comments section below, or ‘Like’ the AffirmingSpirit Facebook page message your question to me.

Your turn: What do you do to fine-tune your inspiration?

Law of Attraction in Social Media

I’ve been on LinkedIn since 2003, got a Facebook account a short while later, and fell in love with Twitter in late 2008. I’ve been in social media a while.

Through engaging many wonderful people on Twitter, I found myself finally actually using my dormant Facebook account. Suddenly, Twitter had provided me an incredibly upbeat, positive and kind network of people to connect and share videos and information on Facebook. I have met and connected with amazing people through social media and find it a fantastic way to engage colleagues and clients!

Yet, rarely a week goes by without someone saying something like:

“I can’t stand social media. The people on Twitter are just (ugh)  and the creeps on Facebook freak me out…”

“I’ve heard really bad things about social media…you better be safe!”

“Why would anyone want to be on Twitter?!? Facebook is bad enough!”

How can my experience of social media be so wonderful, while others only see sociopaths and weirdos?!?

The difference in perceptions is created by the Law of Attraction, which is always at work, even if we are not aware of it. Social media, like everything else, is subject to the influences of the law of attraction. In social media, who you are as a networker attracts more people like you:

  • People who like to find fault and complain find each other.
  • People who like to appreciate and find reasons to be happy find each other.

I’m in the latter group.

Yes, occasionally a person I find inappropriate will try to connect with me on Twitter or Facebook, but both platforms have ways to block those people. In most cases, they are gone the first time they are offensive, and I never see them again. I don’t dwell on the ones I don’t want to connect with…just the nice folks I enjoy connecting with!

Once I posted on Facebook how I have the best FB friends and Twitter followers, and that social media is what you make it. Not surprisingly, many of the really nice people I am connected with came forward to second my comment. They, too, have enjoyed their connections in social media. It’s not a coincidence!

My social media experience reflects how I have chosen to experience social media. If you are not happy with your experience in social media, take a look at your own expectations and attitudes. It’s never too late to make some shifts and experience something better!

How have you chosen to experience social media? Share with us below in the comments…

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