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The Beginning of Inspiration Deficit Disorder: Stop It Before It Starts

The Beginning of Inspiration Deficit Disorder: Stop It Before It Starts

By Jonathan H. Ellerby, Ph.D.

  Inspiration is the feeling of meaningful vitality, engagement, connection and hope. It comes from many places, but it is always felt within. When I use the term inspiration “deficit” I am referring to the feeling that inspiration is lost or lacking in one or more areas of a person’s life.
When we have an inspiration deficit, it typically starts out small and easy to ignore – the feeling that “something is missing,” or “I don’t feel like myself,” or “this job/relationship really isn’t me.”

The Beginning of Inspiration Deficit Disorder: Stop It Before It Starts

By Jonathan H. Ellerby, Ph.D.
Sep 1 2010 Inspiration is the feeling of meaningful vitality, engagement, connection and hope. It comes from many places, but it is always felt within. When I use the term inspiration “deficit” I am referring to the feeling that inspiration is lost or lacking in one or more areas of a person’s life. When we have an inspiration deficit, it typically starts out small and easy to ignore – the feeling that “something is missing,” or “I don’t feel like myself,” or “this job/relationship really isn’t me.” The trouble with an inspiration deficit is that if left unattended it can snowball into much larger problems such as bad habits, addictions, emotional outbursts, depression, violence, insomnia and struggles with relationships and food.

The good news is that because inspiration is an inside job you can stop it before it progresses just by looking after yourself and doing more of what you love.

Consider making a list of all the things you used to love to do, but haven’t had the time or energy for lately. These activities could be anything from knitting to basketball, writing, yoga, church, walking, running, gardening, golf, volunteering, or just taking the time to read. Once you have your list, go to your calendar and make a commitment to spend (at least) one hour each week for the next 4 weeks doing one or more of these activities. As you nurture and restore yourself you’ll be surprised to see how it impacts your attitude and sense of hope for something new.

What ways do you find inspiration?

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