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How to Stay Inspired

This photo shows an inspired woman in a business suit flying like a superhero above the city skyline.

Here’s how to get rid of procrastination, apathy and depression, so they never bother you again.

Here’s what the dictionary has to say. Inspired means to affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.

Hmm, divine influence? How does one stay inspired or in the spirit? Here are a few tricks I learned along the way. I hope you can put them to good use.

Everything you do, gets infused by the energy with which you do it. If you feel lousy, or in a bad mood, it’s going to come across in your writing. And it’s the writing which is at the core of any marketing message. Your mood affects its ability to persuade, inform and communicate.

Procrastination, apathy, listlessness, depression… sheesh, writing those words makes me feel like awful. But you know what? There’s an easy way out. Here’s a few simple things you can do, to put a smile on your face, and be happy once again.

If you’re feeling down, the worst thing you can do, is think about how you are feeling. The first thing you have to do is stop thinking about you. The second thing is to get your body in motion. The third thing is to do a selfless act.

How to Stop Thinking About How You Feel

I feel… most depressing thoughts start with “I feel” follow by tired, or lazy, or depressed… snap out of it by doing something. The easiest thing to do, and the easiest way to stop thinking about how you feel, is go for a walk. Doesn’t matter rain or shine, 20 minutes later, you’re going to feel very different.

Same thing if you get to your feet and do 25 jumping jacks. Your heart will be pounding and your breathing will be heavy. You’ll have flushed all sorts of toxins out of your body and released all sorts of good hormones.

Our blood moves around our bodies by a circulatory system. But most of the fluid in our bodies is this yellowish stuff called the endocrine system. It’s in charge of moving around all the hormones that get released into our bodies. Ones that make us feel bad… or great.

Without exercise all that toxic hormone gunk sits in your body. That’s why exercise makes you feel good. You’ll wash away the bad stuff.

You might be grumbling and cursing me for the first 10 minutes, but after walking for 15 you’ll feel pretty good. Once you hit the 20 minute mark, you’ll feel like walking for hours.

See, you’re feeling better already. The first step to beating procrastination or depression, is to get into motion. You’ll find that your emotion, will always follow in step with your motion. Simply get into action, even if it’s just bouncing a ball for 10 minutes, and you’ll suddenly “I feel…” a whole lot better.

(And at the risk of sounding like your mom, you’re sitting in front of the computer for hours. Not eating right either. You’re not getting enough fresh, unprocessed foods. You could be low on something like vitamin B5, zinc, potassium or iron. These can make a big difference in your mood.)

How Visualization Defeats Procrastination

With procrastination it’s a very simple visual technique. Image how much bigger the problem will be tomorrow. For example…

If you have a pile of dishes sitting in your sink and you don’t do them today, the pile will only get bigger the next day… and the next.

The trick to beating procrastination, is to not even let it get a foothold. Do what needs to get done immediately. That includes the dishes. If you clean as you go, you’ll have a lot less dishes after the meal. And if you do the dishes immediately after eating, there will never be a pile in the first place.

At the risk of sounding like mom again, this not only applies to dishes, but everything in life. It could be the monthly accounting for your business. Deal with it a little at a time, instead of putting everything in a shoebox and having a disaster once a year. It could be paying the bills or taxes. It could be cutting the grass, or shopping for a present.

Whatever it is, do what needs to get done first. Then, and only then, will you have the freedom and peace of mind, to do what you want. Which includes inspired writing, or creating content for new web pages.

How to Approach Life From a Positive Perspective

Speaking of writing, the next time you’re going to make a batch of web pages, don’t think of it like work. If you wake up in the morning and think, I have to make pages to make a living, that’s a very weak beam to send into the universe.

Instead, think of it as helping people. Even if it’s a simple task like making an affiliate revenue site about camping stoves. If you approach it from the angle of service, instead of sales, your attitude will be different. Your writing will be different.

If you put your mind to it, you’ll be helping people decide which camping stove is right for them. What are the differences between white gas, propane and butane? What’s better, one or two burners? What accessories are available? Which performs better at high altitude? What’s better for hiking? Which is the safest around kids?

As you can see, if you set out to help people, it’s easy to get inspired and it doesn’t seem like work at all. Oh yea, see, we almost forgot. We get a commission in exchange for helping them decide which stove is right for them. It doesn’t matter which stove they choose. Every link leaving your site generates affiliate revenue.

If you find yourself forcing the writing, as opposed to the story writing itself, it’s time to stop for the day. But once you are in the zone and writing, don’t stop. Keep going until you find yourself stuck.

Tap into that sweet momentum and let it take you for a ride. Hours may pass before you even notice. And that my friend is true inspiration.

So stop thinking about how you feel. Get up right now and go outside for a walk. Get the dishes done, clean the office, or whatever else that needs to get done. Ok?

Then come back home, sit down in front of your computer and start making writing. Content that helps somebody else make a decision. Not only will you be more healthy and energetic, you’ll feel happy inside. That’s how you stay inspired.

Let’s get to work,

Michael Warren Campbell

P. S.

Change your perspective with this motivation hack. Instead of thinking, “I have to do this” try saying to yourself with enthusiasm, “I Get To Do This”. It’s a simple trick, with Jedi mind bending powers.