The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration“.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. A creative photo can inspire. A song can inspire. …inspirational quotes can inspire (I know, shut the front door!). What inspires doesn’t matter. What matters is what you do with it. Actions matter.
Since this is a running blog I’ll mention a couple of quotes that I’ve come across recently that have really inspired me in my life and in running. The first was from another runner’s blog that I stumbled across a while ago.
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
As this runner/blogger explains it you shouldn’t just run a race to finish it (unless, of course, this is your first race and finishing it truly is your goal). It’s the idea that you should push yourself to your limits. Maybe you find yourself half way through a half marathon on track for a 3 minute PR and it’s comfortable. You could push harder and completely blow up losing your PR…or you could end up with a 4 minute PR. It’s more rewarding to take a risk than to sit back and settle for mediocrity. Mediocrity is relative.
You may scoff at the sources of the next set of inspirational quotes because they are from a song. I don’t care.
“Whatever dreams we are reaching to claim; decides the path we are taking”
The idea here is very simple of course. You live your life pursuing the dreams you care about. I think a lot of people fail here. People have dreams but take no actions to achieve those dreams. If you want to qualify for Boston then you had better get out there and train for it! Nothing worth having comes without effort.
“Gone forever; we are done with world views, mechanical
None shall ever; be a slave to thoughts inside their heads”
These quotes, from the same song, say to me “stop thinking and acting how society says you are supposed to act.” As runners we’ve all faced people scoffing at our dedication to our sport. They laugh and consider us insane when we go to sleep at 9 PM on a Friday night. Or when we have not a single drop of alcohol at a party because we are planning a 20 miler the next morning. To me this quote also says to stop giving in to the thoughts that make you think you can’t achieve your dreams. Those thoughts, the discouraging ones, don’t really come from inside. They come from the outside world telling us we won’t succeed. The world is wrong.