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December 28, 2014

Mission: Inspiration

December 28, 2014

Have you finished setting your 2015 personal goals yet? Me neither! I think that’s what New Year’s Day is reserved for, actually. Why else would we have the entire day off?

This may sound counter-intuitive, but my most important goal is a D.U.M.B. goal. (Dispute the Urge to Measure, Bro!) I’m purposefully not boxing this one in as a S.M.A.R.T. goal so it can stay fun. My goal for 2015 is:

Finding New Inspiration

As human beings that live in the USA (where busy is the new happy), we find our drive through so many different channels: pressure, competition, our emotions. These things will perpetually push us toward our desired destinations, but instead I’m looking to be pulled.. guided towards a new way of thinking.

Here are some of the methods I’m using to find new inspiration in the coming year:

Reading Books (duh) - This one sounds so obvious, but books provide so many different outlets and I often simply read for entertainment. I’m thinking way beyond business books here as I typically find way more inspiration in narratives. An example of a fantastic author that has expanded my thinking is Malcolm Gladwell of the Tipping Point fame. I’m also planning to read Creativity, Inc. this year.

Networking - Finding inspiration through meeting new people. Another obvious one! In the past I’ve mainly scheduled coffees and lunches for business purposes and in response to requests from others. This year, I’m planning to venture outside of my bubble to meet with potential mentors from all walks of life.

A Creative Outlet - For me this is playing music with others. In fact, one of the most inspiring parts of each month is playing at church on a Sunday morning. The epitome of joy for me is leading a huge group of people singing their hearts out. This year I’ll be releasing an album that was written and recorded with 3 friends in a band we’re currently calling Liz Janes.

Yoga - If we’ve talked any time in the last 6 months, odds are that I’ve bragged about my favorite Yoga studio, Santosha. I’m coming clean: before I found this place, I was pretty much done with exercise. I used to be Mr. Gym-Runner-Guy, but LA Fitness pretty much ruined exercise for me. Thanks to a tip from some great friends, I’ve found a new outlet that has truly changed my life. I never feel more mentally and physically rejuvenated than after a Saturday morning practice with Pierre Couvillion.

These methods feel like just the tip of the iceberg. What are some ways you’re seeking to find new inspiration in 2015?

This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox.

Today's prompt: "Set your sights on the next year: what's one step you can take to support a goal you have for 2015? Whether it requires a written plan, a list of supplies or ingredients, or even a flowchart: getting your plan down in words should help spur you into action."

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