Don’t Sacrifice Inspiration

I have learned several things over the past month in my new role as Interim Director of Communications here at Park Community Church. Many of which I will be sharing with you here. So the following is one of those many things I have been learning.

Don’t Sacrifice Inspiration for Work

What do I mean by this?

I have realized early on in my role here at Park, that it could be very easy to work hard, get things done, and make sure the ship stays afloat, while forgetting about the things that brought me here, and what is going to continue to help me excel.

Writing

One of those things that brought me here was the act of taking time out of my day to sit and write. I don’t just mean writing for my blog, although that is very important, and is a great way to help others, but also just writing for myself. Journaling the thoughts that I have throughout the day. Taking time at the beginning or end of the day to just write.

This not only helps me think about the ideas that I have, but it also clears my mind so that new ideas can enter. Weeks will go by where I have several ideas, I quickly write down the initial idea, but sometimes it is weeks or months before I go back and actually cultivate that idea. I need to be more intentional about taking time to write.

Reading

Another thing that has inspired me, and brought me here has been reading. There was a time from April to September when I read about 6 books, which is actually amazing for a person like me who in the past has loathed reading. Then in November my workload started to increase, I got more busy, and in terms of books I have read a total of 1 chapter over the past 3 months.

Reading is one of those things that actually gives me great ideas, and then inspires me to write about them. Then through writing, and thinking, I am inspired to Make those Ideas Happen (another book on my reading list).

My exhortation to you

Don’t get so caught up in the day-to-day, that you forget to be inspired. It is easy to get into a routine, and then stop creating new ideas.

Think about what inspires you. Now go do whatever that is. I know you may be tired, you say you “don’t have time”, but you will become a cog in a machine if you don’t continued to be inspired (thank you Seth Godin). ┬áThen you will be more easily replaceable in your position because you are just doing practices and routines that can be taught to anyone. Inspiration can’t be taught. And that is what separates you from the rest of the lightbulbs in the box.

What inspires you?

Are you taking time to be inspired?

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