Inspire Yourself

You are the embodiment of the information you choose to accept and act upon. To change your circumstances you need to change your thinking and subsequent actions.

– Aldin Sinclair

You can’t be serious.

I realize how incredibly trite and even more incredibly bias the title sounds seeing as this site is completely based around inspiring yourself and others, but I’m not writing about this topic to promote IEvo.

I know sometimes it seems a little unreal to think that someone writing inspirational material often needs inspiration themselves– especially since everything you read that they’ve written is itself motivational material.  It seems like these people have endless fountains of positive energy that they simply spill out at their earliest convenience for your consumption.  That’s how I always felt about it, anyway.

The reality is very different though.  Now having an outlet of my own for inspirational material that I write, I realize that everyone needs to be inspired some times.

Seems to be rather generic advice, though.

Yeah, it does.  When I say inspire yourself, I’m not just talking about general inspirational type material like ‘You can do it!’ or whatever.  I mean looking for advice specific to whatever is bringing you down or giving you a hard time.

This is something I’ve done naturally for many years and I can tell you that it works.  You, being the lucky person that you are, have access to the most vast, information rich resource on planet Earth, and you have it in the comfort of your own home.  This is probably the only time you’ve ever heard this, but the internet can solve your problems.  Anything you can think of is on the internet because others have been through whatever you’re dealing with right now.  Whether it’s manipulative people, money problems, relationship woes or even how to tie a tie.  It’s on the internet, and there is helpful advice from lots of people experienced in exactly what you’re dealing with.

So what I mean when I say ‘inspire yourself’ is that when you find yourself really upset because a friend died recently, take the time to look up how to deal with grief.  I imagine you’d be surprised by what you find.  There is quite often very useful, very practical advice that you can use.

How do you distinguish good advice from bad advice?

Two ways, and the first is practice.  You’re often able to tell right off the bat whether or not something is good advice or bad advice by how it’s written.  Does it have a lot of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes?  Is it well thought out or clearly something pumped out in ten minutes?  Signs like these can often tell you whether or not your source is reliable or if they’re simply trying to get hits to their website.  As I’m sure you know, there are a lot of people out there who have an internet connection and there’s no filter on what someone can post to their own website.

The second way is much simpler.  Follow your gut.  Your gut knows what it’s talking about, as it’s had experience telling you whether something is right or wrong for the entirety of your life.  If you read some advice that just doesn’t sit well with you, don’t follow it.  Conversely, you’ll probably find that when you read good advice that it feels like you’ve just discovered a rare gem.  I’m explaining it to you, but trust me, you’ll know the difference.

There is one thing to be cautious about.  Sometimes you’ll feel like rejecting the advice you read because it’s so radically different from what you’re doing that to make the change would require a lot of effort and work– it would mean, well… change!  Change is often pretty frightening and no one really likes it very much unless they’ve conditioned themselves to liking it.  You’ll know the difference when you feel it.  Deep down you know when you’re rejecting an idea because it’s too different and when you’re rejecting an idea because it’s a crap idea.

Finally, if you don’t know the difference, or feel like you don’t know the difference, you can always simply try it and see what happens.  Unless the advice your reading is potentially dangerous either physically or mentally, it’s usually worth a shot.  Just type in whatever it is you’re looking for on Google (ie. ‘Dealing with grief’) and press enter.  Results ahoy.

Try it.  Sometimes just reading the right advice can turn your whole week around.  Plus really, what have you got to lose?  A bad mood?  A crappy situation?  That’s what I thought.

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