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Recently a man came to see me; he was a very accomplished director at one of the world’s most successful companies. Extremely intelligent, financially set for life – you’d think he could be anything but unhappy. Yet, he remarked, ‘Despite years of therapy, and having tried all the spiritual techniques that science has corroborated, happiness and joy still evade me.’
I noticed his focus on what he had read, the things he could explain, and his tolerance only for things that science could measure. It was obvious to me what his real problem was: Inspiration Deficit Disorder! His heart and soul had almost zero role in directing his life. He lived in a world that looked good on paper, but was about as vital as a piece of paper: flat and cold. His choices were all approved by his mind, but disconnected from the most important source of power available to him: his own spirit. Without this connection, like a plant kept from water and the sun, eventually his life had become stunted and dry.
A lack of inspiration, or Inspiration Deficit Disorder, is one of the most crippling ways to live. When we lack inspiration, we lack a sense of meaning, intuition, and purpose in life. We live from the outside in, and not from the inside out. We live in reaction and not in response.
When I hear someone say they feel ‘stuck,’ ‘drained,’ or even depressed, the first thing I look for is the level of inspiration in their life. Where is it missing, how did it get lost, and for how long? People can go years without inspiration. Usually it’s because life’s demands have triggered our old attitudes and hurts to land us in situations that takes from us more than they give to us. You know what I mean if you have ever said: ‘this doesn’t feel like me,’ or ‘this just doesn’t feel right for me.’
Fortunately inspiration is something we can cultivate. For many, an increase in inspiration can be healing and even life changing. Here are 5 steps to end Inspiration Deficit Disorder and put the spark back in your soul!
1. Look for it. Seek out films, books, people and stories that might inspire you. Next time you choose a movie, for example, choose a story of triumph over adversity, instead of cheap thrills.
You may find other ideas in my upcoming book, Inspiration Deficit Disorder.