Have you ever found yourself wanting to give up on something that you have worked hard for? Maybe you are not yet seeing a harvest from the seeds you have planted. Perhaps you are disappointed after having drained all of your resources to no avail. Putting time, energy or money into your business without knowing what the outcome will be can bring about frustration, but take heart in knowing that you are not alone. I think we have all been there. It is the nature of the beast that small business growth is. The beauty of it is that you can turn everything about your outlook around with just a little bit of positivity.
I seek to uplift myself intentionally every single day. I wake up and look out the window to thank the Lord for the day that He has made by reciting Psalm 118:24. I put the scripture in action by rejoicing as I marvel at the clouds, the sun, the birds and the trees.Nature often inspires me, so I have joined a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to flowers and butterflies just to have those pictures coming across my timeline for a motivational minute whenever I log in. Also, I am inspired by admiring the work of others so visiting museums, arts festivals and craft fairs is a large part of my own encouragement.
My greatest inspiration to date has been the spectacular experience at some of the events held in celebration for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. People of every race gathered to listen to African American Spirituals at the National Cathedral and it was divine. The festival on the National Mall was overflowing with joy from the Drum Circle where I experienced the unique feeling of going back in time. The McIntosh Shouters of Georgia have preserved the teaching of historic Slave Shout Songs, a practice once thought to be extinct, and they gave a soul-stirring performance. They are all blood relatives who have faithfully carried on this tradition for over 300 years. Now, that’s inspirational! There was also storytelling, poetry, some popular music artists, an art mural and, of course, good food. A wonderful social media tent was available where anyone could document their story, go live on Facebook, send free commemorative postcards and have a picture taken. Attending historical events such as this can provide you with long-lasting momentum towards your personal goals.
Check your surroundings.
So, where can you find your get-up-and-go? Positive influences can be found in your daily life and be taken with you anywhere. You can have it pop up in your inbox by subscribing to receive a daily quote or scripture or you may want to participate in a Facebook group that might get you on the road toward your goals. You might find that keeping a pocket Bible to glance at periodically throughout your day is helpful. Hang up a calendar with a relaxing theme like puppies, beaches or customized personal pictures that you love, not just one the free one with the ad for the nail salon. Be intentional and persistent in your quest to be inspired. You will find that you have increased productivity, creativity and greater satisfaction. Now, go get it!!
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About the Author
Michelle Lynn Stephens is an inspirational writer who encourages others to make comebacks out of setbacks and to overcome life’s obstacles through faith and perseverance. She is the author of The Divorcée Chronicles:Diary of a Divorcée Diva and co-author of the Brown Girls Books anthology, Single Mama Dating Drama. Visit her website at www.michellelynnstephens.com .