Do you remember going to see blockbuster action movies when you were a kid? For my brothers and I, something would happen to us after leaving the theater, and it would change the rest of our day.

As soon as we returned home from the theater, we were off to live out the stories and characters we saw in the film. Sometimes, this could consume an entire afternoon, and half the time would be spent arguing over who got to be the “hero.”

Before we saw the action movie, we had no vision, or inclination, to spend an afternoon living out a storyline. After we saw it, we were inspired to take the story and characters beyond what we saw in the movie. This is the power of inspiration: to create a full commitment to living out a story.

Inspiration is When You’re Driven by an Idea or Story

We’ve all experienced inspiration at some point, and it does feel as if life has been breathed into us, because we are suddenly enlivened to do something we weren’t willing to do just moments before. We should covet inspiration. We should lust for the immediate “breath of life” that it gives us.

For too many of us, we can’t remember the last time we were inspired. The end result of life without inspiration is that is becomes dull and boring, and it doesn’t require much skill to live. Everything becomes routine, and we begin to check out—spending most of our time in mind-numbing activities like watching television. We lack inspiration.

To be inspired is to have an idea, or truth, so breathed into you that it becomes woven into the fiber of being just as smoke absorbs itself into your clothes. You now become animated by something higher than your usual thoughts, and the idea saturates and taints all that you do and say. You are now an incarnation of something greater. Your life is now idea-driven.

This is the way to live, if you truly want to enjoy the human experience. Sure, parachuting, rock climbing, or cliff diving are all thrilling, but they’re also short-lived. Nothing will satisfy the human heart like devotion to an idea or truth. Nothing will bring such incessant pleasure than to abandon oneself to living out a personal story.

My Own Story of Inspiration

CJ Cards 600x600 InspiredFor me, my story is one of struggle, redemption, self-sacrifice, and heroism. I begin with the distinction that there is good and evil in the world, and these are manifested through people. I see humanity in need of help in order to steer it towards goodness and justice, but there are enemies in the way.

There are opponents who work to enslave people with greed, ignorance, lust, anger, and indifference. It is against them that I fight as a warrior. There are enemies in the mind as well—shackles of sadness, pain, fear, doubt, and insecurity. Through the sharp swords of my mouth and pen I will hack away at these mind chains until people are set free to become everything they can be.

I am agent of change—a gladiator of goodness that calls upon the heavens daily to muster my strength to fight another day. This is how I “dress up” my everydays. This is how I view what I do. This is the life story I created to inspire me to work for you.

Inspiration Will Bring Life to Your Life

What is your story? What will inspire you to break the routine of your present existence to live a more fulfilling life? What great story—what great idea—will breathe life into your heart and move you to take more action?

Try to find something. Maybe it’s your children you live for. Then try to create a grander vision of your role in their lives and commit yourself to learning and applying everything you can to fulfill it.

Maybe it’s a business, band, or book that you want to create. Maybe it’s a group of people you want to reach. Whatever it is, inspiration is what brings life to your life. It’s what animates you to perform at your maximum level. It’s the only thing that truly brings satisfaction to what you do and who you are.

Your life isn’t disposable. You are not without value or purpose, but nobody can bring meaning to your life like you can. What’s your story?


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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    4 replies to "How to Find the Inspiration to End Your Dark Season"

    • Fit4ever76

      I am running into one major problem . I cant seem to find my calling or the best career path for me. I have tried many different things but a year or two down the road I hate it. I ahve always had a interest in helping others but not sure how to become financially successful doing so. I have read books and countless hours in thought but still very unsure of what it is. Tired of quitting things so Im really scared to get into another line of work cause of the fear of finding out later I hate it. I have found a life coach and we are attacking this as well but only had one visit so far. Any suggestions or books ,Im completey open. Thanks !

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      A “calling” was once described as the most important thing you can do with your gifts, talents, and abilities in which you are the most difficult to replace. A waiter is replaceable, but a father is not.

      Sometimes, your calling is something that won’t earn you money at the beginning, so you have to use your “day job” to underwrite your ability to do your calling.

      You can’t change your calling, but you can change your job. A job is determined by pay—a calling is not.

      Your best bet for finding a solution is to work with your coach on it. If the coach knows what he or she is doing, they can provide you with valid options.

    • Andreas

      My calling was heard my man (Defender Manowar by the way:) I am going to be strong, somebody who will achieve, who will inspire strength to the hearts of people through lifes struggles and the passion of my heart (Self Defence, The Military, Strategy, Fitness,Economics, Every Recourse and Principle ) I will use all those to achieve my goals.
      CJ Just like you said, think long term because that’s the fastest way, goodnight man Tommorow is just a few hours to come , gotta get going:) . Lot’s of love to you Metal Motivator, wish you the best!

    • Thanks for writing, Andreas. I’m sure you’ll do great.

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