At the end of every year, I often experience a period of reflection. And when I think back on my life, I am happy to see a few brilliant moments.
- My bicycle trip across the country with my friend Pat to raise money for kids with cancer. (www.fourdiamondsfund.org)
- My extraordinarily mystical trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota where I was honored to sweat with one of the elders involved in the last Native American uprising at Wounded Knee in 1973.
- My 2 years of full-time volunteer environmental work where I introduced hundreds of students to the importance of preserving the natural world around us while influencing policy at the local, county, state and federal level.
- The brief moments I shared with the radiant Maggie Doyne and her ever-inspirational organization, BlinkNow. (www.blinknow.org)
Each of these moments called to my heart. And after each one, I imagined . . . no . . . was inspired to do more.
- Start an annual bike ride with college students to raise money for kids with cancer.
- Become a leading environmentalist that would change the mindset of Americans and our wasteful ways.
- Restore the pride, honor and lives of the Native people who had everything ripped from them by our forefathers.
- Move to Nepal and spend a few years in service to Maggie as she established her organization.
Sadly, I did none of these, and yet I still think about them regularly.
Here’s the VITALLY IMPORTANT thing we NEED to know about inspiration.
Inspiration requires immediate attention.
When that flash of brilliance hits you, don’t think about it. Don’t ponder it. Don’t percolate on it. Don’t strategize about it. Don’t try and develop a plan.
That is not what inspiration calls us to do.
Inspiration calls us to immediate action.
It comes from our intuition. A deep, internal knowing in our soul. It promises a life of excitement, joy, fulfillment and feeling fully alive! But it asks that we take immediate action . . . and to trust.
That is the hardest part. That is what kills countless dreams and possibilities. Our fear and inability to trust and make the leap.
This coming year, when inspiration hits you, no matter how big or small it is, whether it is about your life, your family, your business, a relationship, your community, your future, whatever – take that leap. Just close your eyes and leap.
I promise it will lead to an astonishing life you love . . . and it might just become your legacy!
First you jump off the cliff, then you build your wings on the way down.
– Ray Bradbury
Don’t ever question inspiration. As hard as it may be to believe, it is a message from the Universe guiding you. It is an answer or clue to something you have been pondering or wanting for a while. Sometimes we don’t see how that inspiration fits into our life, but without fail it does. The answer to “how” is only revealed in the future, and without a magic crystal ball, it is TRUST that will lead the way there.