We all have that feeling in the pit of our stomach that screams when we need to hear it. Sometimes it’s a motivator, while other times it can be screaming warning flags. No matter what may dwell in your gut, there is a fire that simmers in your soul. Often, it propels us to discover new terrain within our conscience selves. It may feel like being in a campsite, with everything around you being calm, and then when you rise for the next day, you are exploring mountains and valleys only to be amazed at the wonder and beauty. You may also stumble upon disturbing sites. No matter what you encounter, you have a fire inside you. That fire can smolder, it can burn and it can send out extensive heat, or it can cool down with ashes and coals. The fire within us can clean out the negative energy that surrounds us and prepare a new portal for rebirth. I used the campfire imagery because when we camp, most of us need a fire to cook with or for warmth. Our lives have the same principles.
Whenever we are assigned a new task, there can be a slew of emotions that rise depending on the task itself. If it’s a new and foreign concept to us, we tend to have some anxiety and trepidation, but we forge ahead and complete that task. I’ve had various projects assigned to me over the years and sometimes I would hit my internal panic button wondering how in the world I was going to pull off what needed to be done. Then I would take a deep breath and calm myself down to where I could think. Panic attacks and anxiety are not fun. One of the factors that those who deal with anxiety is to not allow the anxiety to control what we do or how we react. I’ve always been a laid back individual but when I get stressed, the anxiety level shoots up and I tend to freeze. It takes me a minute to regroup, focus, and then execute a plan of action. Fortunately, I’ve learned to not allow the panic attacks to control me but it took a lot of time, talking to my doctor and learning to ask a lot of questions and not assume I knew what someone wanted.
This brings up a good point. How can you make that fire inside you positively come to light? There are a few things you can do to maximize your project or ability. The first is to LISTEN. I can’t stress this enough. When we listen to our gut and instincts, we are following an invisible map. If you are an avid talker like I tend to be, listening can be a skill that is challenging but it’s a necessary tool to push yourself further. It can be very difficult to do this when you surround yourself with unnecessary noise. Find a way to tune out the distractions and listen not only to yourself, but to those who have experience in the areas where you are sharpening your skills and resources.
Trust your gut. Your gut is a fantastic guide. It can clue you in when other people may be trying to coerce you into something you don’t feel comfortable with. Our gut can be a strong voice of reason when we need it to be. There have been many instances where I needed guidance before moving forward with something. Gathering information and obtaining knowledge helps your gut along the way. It’s hard to describe your gut reactions but you know what feels right to you. If you are getting the slightest tug that something may be off listen to it. Believe it or not, your gut is part of your fire.
Feel through the information. Some of you may say how in the world can you do this? Feeling through information is like sorting out the facts. What resources are you going to need to meet your goal? What have you tried and not tried in the past that may be a good starting point to start your new project or skill? What do you know about what you need to put together? Do you have the tools readily available to meet your objective or will you need to acquire other resources to achieve what you need? Do you have that fire in your gut or that passion that you need to do the assignment well? Is this a stepping stone to where you want to go? These are the kinds of questions that you need to formulate. Some folks have the gift of jumping in there and excelling at anything they do. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. It takes me practice and perseverance but I don’t allow myself to quit. I’m not going to go home and wallow in self pity because I didn’t get done what I wanted. I have a fire inside that has to keep learning. If I stop doing that, I don’t think I can continue to grow and learn. I won’t be able to keep expanding my horizons and viewpoints.
Let go of bad energy. If you don’t learn anything else about moving forward, learn this lesson. Bad energy or negative energy clouds our judgment, intuition, and creativity. It’s like rain that does its best to quench the excellence that you have residing in your soul. The more you hang onto that energy. The more difficult it will be to see past it.
Be deliberate about who you let into your life. If the people you surround yourself with are creative and have endless energy, that will ignite the fires that are inside you. Some of the best influences I’ve had have been those who propel themselves forward continuously and don’t do a lot of talking. They produce and produce well. It’s easy to engage in conversation. Be sure those around you are giving you good content in those conversations. You don’t have to be a snob to everyone. But you do have to be aware of the fact that those who are constantly in a negative frame of mind will rub off on you even when you don’t think this will happen.
Connect with others. You have to be open to people you may not like. There may be skills that a person has that you can learn from. You don’t have to be bosom buds. But use your powers of observation to help you along your journey. One of my favorite things to do is watch Youtube. Why? Because there are a lot of influencers who have some wonderful hacking tips for keeping a positive frame of thinking. We all struggle at times. There is no shame in admitting that we need help keeping those fires going when it feels that we are losing the flames inside of us. What is important is that we recognize our strengths and weaknesses and build from there.
No matter what you may try to achieve, I hope that you never lose that passion and flames that ignite you. Let the motivation not only help you along the way, but to inspire others so that they know they are not alone on their journey. If we all find ways to shine, imagine how bright the world could be with flames of hope emanating from all of us. Keep pushing forward and let the flames inside you burn bright.