Everyone hits a wall at some point in their career, don’t they? Is that true for you? If you’ve ever thought “I may never find my inspiration again,” today’s chat recap is for you.
Scott Mautz, CEO of Profound Performance and author of two books, including his newest, Find the Fire, says 70% of us have “lost that lovin’ feeling at work.”
It’s tempting, when you feel uninspired, to blame that lack of inspiration on something external. Here’s the awe-inspiring reframe Scott shared with us today: You own the responsibility for reinspiring yourself at work.
Scott noted that it’s important to differentiate inspiration from motivation. Motivation, it turns out, is the pragmatic consequence of inspiration. Inspiration comes first.
We discussed the three conditions of inspiration: that it is evoked, it comes from within, and we can be compelled to act on it. We had a great discussion of how those three things play out.
As the podcast neared its end, we discussed a critical element of inspiration– what do we do when we need to inspire ourselves? It’s the question we are asking ourselves that is often mistaken, Scott said. We need to ask a different question and explore how we lost our inspiration in the first place.
We also learned the nine inspiration drains. It was a little tough to think about such negatives but the beauty of the discussion is the reminder that for each negative, there is a counterbalancing positive.
Scott reminded us of the three ways to fail: quit, don’t improve, and never try.
After today, one thing I am positive we won’t fail at is finding inspiration. We now know the way!
Here are a few key points Scott shared:
- 70% of people report having “lost that lovin’ feeling at work”
- You own the responsibility for re-inspiring yourself
- Motivation is the pragmatic consequence of inspiration
- Our fear of failure shuts down the part of our brain most responsible for risk-taking
- Inspiration is the holy grail of enthusiasm
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