Why Do We Lose Our Spark?
by Joel Garfinkle
The word "inspiration" has been defined as an infusion of light or spirit that provides a solution for a challenge or problem.
Of course, you cannot have light without a spark. It is truly the spark of inspiration inside of you that must be ignited to create the motivational path necessary to properly align your deepest interests and passions with a career or lifestyle that truly embodies who you are.
Therefore, we must protect the spark of inspiration from the many dark shadows of negativity. However, it is equally important that in your eagerness to preserve the spark of inspiration that you dont smother this passionate flame so deep inside that you never allow yourself the freedom to let it shine brightly ever again.
Some of the most common reasons for losing that spark of inspiration are:
Failing to look for things that interest us or not fully exploring a particular interest until all the life-transforming possibilities fully materialize.
Working all the time and becoming too exhausted to dream about our exciting future. For example, our current job takes way too much effort and tires us in such a way that we have no energy to pursue anything else.
Doing the routine, day by day and week by week, rather than living as if we only had one year left to live.
Becoming complacent or getting stuck with where our life is today, refusing to make any changes or doing anything that takes effort. As one of my clients described: I am not going to find what I like so why should I go for it?
Surrounding ourself with those who want to extinguish our spark by putting down any inspired ideas, exciting dreams, or new directions we wish to follow. In other words, they want to keep us down because they dont possess the personal motivation necessary to change or succeed.
Not having the necessary courage to run with the ideas we gain from our spark of inspiration.
Doing what we're supposed to do, instead of what we might be drawn to do or be most excited about doing. Remember, supposed to is what our family, peers, or society encourage us to do, while doing what we want to do will help us remain focused on what we desire for the rest of our life.
It seems for every million reasons why our individual sparks go out, there is only one pebble of sand that represents the real reason why this spark needs to stay alive. Yes, we all have fears that want to protect us and keep us safe. But by refusing to leave our comfort zones, the spark of inspiration will remain unlit.
In order to reach the promised land of an authentic and real way of life, you must consistently and uncompromisingly leave the shores of complacency and venture into new and uncharted territory where you will either land on your feet or learn how to fly.