Thursday, January 9, 2014

18 Questions To Ask Yourself When You Need Some Inspiration

                           photo by Katarina Benzova

1. What would you do if you just learned that you only have 6 months to live? — Time has a way of focusing you on what really matters. Are you wasting your time?

2. Is what you are doing something that you should be doing? — You have to decide what’s right for you.  And deep down you know if you’re on course or just wasting your time.
3. Do you currently have the skills required to fulfill your goals? — There is always something new to learn.  The truth is that you can’t be “clueless” and a champion at the same time.
4. What difference will it make if you are successful? — What would you feel? What would be different in your life? The journey is tough, but it helps to keep you going when you know why it’s worth it.
5. What would you do if you won $1 million today, and had absolutely no limitations on what you could be? — Money changes everything in life. It might be holding you back right now.
6. Do you need any help to achieve your goals? — Be brutally honest with yourself. Can you do this all by yourself? Or do you need the contacts, strategy, or the financial support of others?
7. What are your 5 most important values in life right now? — Beliefs matter in life. They make you powerful. They make decisions easier. If you don’t believe in anything you won’t achieve anything.
8. Do you have enough time to reach your goal? — If you can’t get your plane in the air before the end of your runway, you crash. It doesn’t matter what you were thinking when you’re up in flames.
9. What have you always dreamed about doing, but were afraid to try? — It’s probably something you might call “crazy.”  Maybe it’s time to start working on that. Maybe it’s what you have been missing.
10. Do you want it badly enough, and are you willing to pay the price to get it? — Big dreams take big “guts.” You can’t be amazing and a coward at the same time. You’ve got to “want it” — badly.
11. What impact will it have on your life if you don’t achieve this goal? — Maybe you don’t really care about what you say you care about as much as you say you do. If failure is tolerable, it’s likely.
12. Are you being brutally honest with yourself? — There is no room for lying to yourself. You know what’s true, and even though you don’t need to share that truth with anyone else, you don’t need to put your head in the sand.
13. What do you actually do each day that matters? — Take a look at your calendar. Take a look at your list of tasks to do. What are you doing each day that truly matters?
14. What have you accomplished in the past that you thought was impossible at the time? — If you did the impossible before, you can do it again. If you haven’t, you can start now.
15. What do you really want? — The questions is not “what do you tell everyone else that you want,” but what. do. you. want. That matters. Because if you don’t want it, you’re just going through the motions.
16. What new friends or mentors do you need in your life to get you where you need to be? — You need people in your life to help you get to where you want to be. Are you working on those relationships?
17. What scares you the most? — You know the answer to this. There are circumstances that immediately drive you into panic mode — times when you feel hopeless and helpless. What is that for you?
18. Are you tough enough to keep going? — Sometimes the difference between winning and losing is just you grinding out the details in the middle of the night. If today was the day that you were going to win, would you have shown up?

Post by DAN WALDSCHMIDT/ Edgy Conversations. Copyright 2014.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Elvis Presley Birthday: King Of Rock 'N' Roll Would Be 79 Today

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Had he lived, King of Rock n' Roll would have been 79 today.

The incredible Elvis life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953. 

Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.


In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture. 

He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges, his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.


His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.  

Wish you were still with us.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand

photo by : Katarina Benzova

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda
I have always loved that scene in American Beauty when Ricky Fitts shows his video of a plastic bag blowing in the wind.
He’s the complete opposite of his neighbor Lester Burnham, who seems to have decided long ago to live life in a comatose state of submission, completely disconnected from authentic joy.
Ricky seems inspired by everything that most people simply overlook. He explains of his bag video:
“It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes.
“And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember—and I need to remember. Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”
Though it can look different for all of us, I suspect this is the feeling we wait for in life: a sense that there’s boundless beauty out there, and we have the capacity to feel, channel, explore, and express it.
We all want to feel moved, and then to use that to create love, joy, passion, and purpose.
If you’ve been feeling stuck or uninspired, these ideas may help you find inspiration:
Find Inspiration in Nature
1. Go for a walk in nature, practice mindfulness, and lose track of time for a while.
2. Meditate or practice yoga in a nearby park.
3. Watch children playing at the park then make a point to carry their spirit with you throughout the day.
4. Watch your cat or dog in nature and try to emulate your pet’s mindfulness and playfulness.
5. Take a camera outside and photograph everything that looks beautiful to you.
6. Practice deep breathing while listening to nature sounds.
7. Draw or paint a scene outside your window.
8. Watch Planet Earth DVDs to experience beauty of the oceans, forests, jungles, Great Plains, and caves.
9. Get lost in nature photos online.
10. Spend some time contemplating nature-based art.
               photo by; Katarina Benzova

Find Inspiration on the Web
11. Watch a TED video to learn about inspiring ideas.
12. Search for tweets with the hashtag #inspiration using the Twitter search functionality.
13. Post an inspiring video, like Validation or The Tutu Project. Then be an active part of the conversation in the comments.
14. Read blogs written by people who have overcome adversity.
15. Join a forum of people who can relate to your challenges.
17. Share yourself vulnerably and authentically in a blog post—give inspiration to receive it.
18. Learn about ways to change the world through social media.
20. Search Facebook for new inspirational pages to follow.

Find Inspiration in Possibilities
21. Try something you’ve always assumed you can’t do but secretly wanted to try.
22. Teach someone to do something and tap into your potential as a leader.
23. Immerse yourself in learning something new and allow yourself to forget about the limitations of time.
24. Write a bucket list of all the things you’d like to do in your lifetime.
25. Create a vision board with pictures of all of those things.
26. Brainstorm for ideas for a new project.
27. Think about the challenges you face and identify possibly solutions.
28. Submit your resume for a dream job instead of assuming you can’t get it.
29. Attend a conference or retreat to connect with likeminded people. (The Wisdom 2.0 Conference recently inspired me!)
30. Read 50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities and pick one to try today.
                  photo by: Katarina Benzova

Find Inspiration in People
31. Ask someone you love what they consider to be the most important thing they’ve ever learned.
32. Ask everyone you see today what they’re grateful for.
33. Ask someone to tell you about the thing they love the most in life, and watch how they light up sharing their passion.
34. Ask your parents to tell you what you were like as a child, and remember what mattered to you then.
35. Notice what matters to someone and focus solely on how they experience it.
36. Join an organization of people making a positive difference in the world.
37. Read an autobiography by someone who has marched to the beat of their own drummer.
38. Listen to music that moves you and think about what the songwriter felt when s/he wrote it.
39. Make a list of all the ways your friends and family members are your heroes. Odds are, there’s a lot of inspiration around you already.
40. Spend time with children and see the world through their eyes.

Find Inspiration in Yourself
41. Disconnect for a while and write in a journal.
42. Make today the day you embrace a new healthy habit that can change your life for the better.
43. Give yourself a pressure-free day with nothing to do except the things you enjoy.
44. Try something new and revel in the sensation of stretching beyond your comfort zone.
45. Express yourself creatively in a way you never have before, by sculpting, for example, and see what comes in your mind and heart.
46. Enjoy something you created in the past—a blog post, a video, a drawing, or a project.
47. Sing in the shower. Put your heart into and release your feelings through music.
48. Recognize in yourself the strengths you see in other people.
49. Make a conscious decision to let go of something that doesn’t serve you.
50. Reflect on everything you’ve learned and accomplished and how you’ve made a positive difference in the world.
What inspired you today?

photo by Katarina Benzova

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