Inspire 2016

Take more of yourself than you have…INSPIRE

Inspiration can take many forms. From an act of nature to an act of love, from the lyrics of a song to the voice inside, from something tangible to something ethereal…spiritual…out of this worldly.

Seeking to inspire others, though, is your ego in disguise. You are doing this for someone else…why? The need to feel recognized? The need to feel superior to? The need to feel valued? The need to feel…worthy?

The key in inspiring other people is that you have no intent of inspiring other people.

Inspiring another into action is a neat side-effect of you acting on inspiration. Your inspiration is picked up by another. Look closely at the word, inspire, and you see “in-spirit” and evidence of our divine sameness. What you do means I can. Beliefs shift, fear subsides.

When Roger Bannister ran the first four-minute mile in 1954, his motivation was not to inspire others. In fact, he wondered whether he would be “wasting his efforts” due to the rainy and windy weather conditions in Oxford that day. His coach encouraged him to run despite the poor conditions saying,

If you had this potential chance and you didn’t take it you’d never forgive yourself, maybe for the rest of your life.” ~Frank Stampfl

That’s what inspiration does. It draws out our best and highest. Roger Bannister broke the barrier. He proved it was possible. Stretching preconceived limitations stretches us and the world around us. And, that is the point of our lives — to stretch, bend, and grow in the areas that move our hearts.

The final bit is mental. I am sure of that. The successful runner is the one who can take more out of himself than he has.” ~Roger Bannister

The final bit is always mental — whether or not we are actually running! Inspiration allows us to take more out of ourselves than we appear to have. Spiritual magic. willPower in fairy dust form. Take as needed. As regularly as possible.

Fast-track to INSPIRE
1. Listen and look for messages all around you.
2. Stir up your chakras through dancing or yoga.
3. Meditate, read, create stillness in your body and connect to your breath.
4. Eat your veggies! High-vibration foods create high-vibration thinking, creating positive energy, emotional balance, and better focus.
5. Notice the divine in the sky, the wind, the birds…in the eyes of a child or pet.

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.