Ch01.B01 Inspiration & the art of doing

Ch01.B01 Inspiration & the art of doing

by Erica Chestnut

A friend said to me once (circa 2005) as we were sitting in a dingy café in London – “You can’t just wait for inspiration to hit you. You need to be doing things to let the inspiration come”. And she is so right.

I’ve been inspired by many things over the things that have deeply influenced the course of my life. Dancing, musical theatre, Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet, Ashton’s Family Circus, Cirque Du Soleil and the Meisner technique with The Impulse Company in London to name a few.

Inspired. Obsessed. It’s a fine line. But I wasn’t hit by these things by sitting around wondering when something great would happen – I was going to the theatre, talking to people, going to classes, reading, DOING something – anything to keep my brain and heart active. I don’t think I ever got inspired from sitting on my couch, watching Netflix or trawling social media to find an answer.

I don’t have it all figured out.

Even though I am a trained Life Coach, the irony of being a life coach and frequently feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing is not lost on me!

As a coach, I would always ask my clients to think about the times you had been most inspired. What was happening in your life at that time? What were you saying about yourself and your life? What were you DOING? And importantly – what can you do NOW, TODAY to swiftly move that along? And I strongly suggest you ask yourself the same things.

If you embody those feelings and thoughts again, inspiration, change and moving forward are inevitable.

It’s all in the doing. Think happy thoughts, sure – but BEHAVE happy, “do the things” as a student of mine recently said, and you will fly.

Ch01.B02 Crushing hard

Ch01.B02 Crushing hard

Ch01.P20 TAOS Blog team

Ch01.P20 TAOS Blog team