Most of us struggle in the state of lost, depression, unsure, because we are stuck in our own minds and all we need to do is to get moving. Author Jamie Smart would call this “uninspired action.” Uninspired action is doing things that we don’t necessarily feel inspired to do but what happens when we do this is we begin to get out of our own heads. When I was pulling myself out of depression I decided to start writing everyday for hours whether I felt like it or not. I decided to go into work and work as hard as I could all day. What happened when I did this was I got out of my own head. I allowed myself to stop thinking about all the things that were going wrong, all the things I didn’t like about my current life, and it brought me to a level of clarity I didn’t know was possible. Deciding to just get moving with something despite how I felt led me to my flow, my lane. It cleared my mind of all the thoughts I was feeling and lead to a place of knowing what I wanted and feeling inspired to doing it. Most of us are waiting for inspirition of some sort when in reality that so called inspiration isn’t coming unless we get out of our own heads and one way to do that is to take action and do something even when we don’t feel like it.
I didn’t feel like writing everyday. I didn’t feel like going into work and working really hard. Its not what I wanted to do but I figured if I did that maybe it would help me figure out what I really wanted which would lead to the inspired life I was looking for. Maybe it would lead to my purpose. What this is, is deciding to take control of your life instead of letting your thoughts control your life. We all want to find our purpose, find our lane, find inspiration but what we don’t understand is that purpose and inspiration often come when we decide to take control, do something we don’t want to do when we don’t want to do it because that often times can clear our mind so we can find what we really want. As I began to write and go into work and work really hard what happened was I began to get clarity on what I really wanted. I started to understand that I really wanted to be a speaker, author, and coach of some sort. That I wanted to be in the people development business. I was able to see this because I wasn’t stuck in my own head and thinking anymore. I wasn’t stuck in the “resistance” phase anymore, I was taking uninspired action which gave me the ability to clear my mind and reflect on what I really wanted. I couldn’t see clearly when I was resisting action, when I was going to the bar 4-5 times a week. I couldn’t see clearly when I was sitting at work just going through the motions waiting for 5pm and the weekend.
If you feel stuck, unmotivated, uninspired, lost, depressed, or unsure, you feel this way because you are stuck in your own thoughts and thinking and you just need to find clarity. You cannot find clarity when you are sitting around stuck thinking through what, Jamie Smart would call, “contaminated thinking.” What you need is action. Go for a run, go all out at your job, go volunteer somewhere, just get moving and do something. What you will find is that many times this will clear your mind and get you into a state where you can reflect and find what you really want to do. A lot of the time this action you take will lead you to other action that you feel inspired to do. Unfortunately most people never seek truth, they never seek what they really want, they never seek the answers to their questions, instead they wait around for an inspiration bomb. They wait around in their own destructive thinking and never get out of it. And because of that they never create the life they want.
-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter