Inspire Your Soul to Act
Fiscal Fizzle recently wrote about how to write a great financial mission statement. He stated that the goal of a financial mission statement is to inspire your soul to act.
That phrase really caught my attention, because without inspired action we have nothing but good intentions. Getting started on (and completing) the actions necessary is often a struggle. But when you’re inspired things flow a lot easier. You’re eager to do them.
Have you thought about the kinds of things that inspire your soul to act? Regardless of your current financial situation (in debt, working on getting an emergency fund going, etc) you have to know the purpose behind what you’re doing.
It can’t just be an abstract purpose either — those are good theory, but not so easy to grab hold of in daily life.
For example, we all know we should eat breakfast every morning, but many people don’t. It’s not until you have a reason that really resonates with you that you’ll make the time to do so each day.
Generally, people are inspired by three types of situations:
- Realizing you can’t stand the alternative (for example, dying if you don’t change your diet, becoming homeless if you don’t stick to your job, getting fed up with the current situation)
- A positive life-changing event (having a baby, getting married, wanting to move out on your own)
- Internal thoughts and feelings (a longing or a dream)
What kinds of things inspire you? How do you stay inspired when the going gets tough?