Do you wonder why sometimes things seem to line up perfectly and other days it feels like you’re banging your head against a wall? There’s a “massive action” school of thought that encourages you to keep banging until that wall falls down. However, what if there was a way to know where a door of opportunity would open? Wouldn’ t that be a heck of a lot less pain and stress and much more effective and efficient? In this article, we’ll explore the strategy of “inspired action” and a simple way to put it to use right away.
First, let’s look at the “massive action” strategy to see its strengths and weaknesses. According to this approach, you just keep “pounding the pavement” until you find the right opportunity. Life is just a “numbers game” and your job is to stick with it and be persistent. If you keep knocking on every door you can, you’ll eventually get one to open.
Now, the message of persistence encouraged by this strategy is definitely a plus. No matter what you want to be, do, or have in life, you’ve got to stick with it and persevere. That’s an important message. Too often people give up before they have a chance to succeed.
However, the idea that you have to take “massive action” can be a real trap and a poor way to enjoy your life. It can lead you to keep banging on doors that won’t open because they just aren’t the right ones. That idea can lead you to overwork and be constantly stressed and exhausted.
The key characteristic of massive action is that “You are trying to make things happen.”
However, if massive action is your mantra, how do you know when enough is enough? Is there a limit to massive? Hopefully, that limit doesn’t come in the form of a heart-attack, stroke, or being tired and frustrated beyond belief.
While the effort put forth in massive action, and the persistence, may be admirable, there’s another way that gives you even better results with much greater precision. By using this strategy you’ll realize that you don’t have to “work like a dog” and it’s “not all up to you.” You begin to recognize that Life is in your corner, providing what you need, when you need it.
So, let’s talk about what “inspired action” means. Inspired action is about paying attention to internal and external cues to discover the best course of action. In other words, you notice inner prompts such as interesting thoughts, feelings, and sensations, as well as environmental elements that stand out to you, as indicators pointing toward right action.
Right action can be defined as what is aligned with the flow of how things are and with what is best for all. The inspired action approach says that there is a “right action” that will move things along most successfully and efficiently. The feeling of inspired action is generally ease, excitement, and synergy. Everything seems to fit together naturally and flow in the best possible way.
When you are inspired with right action you feel energized rather than depleted. It may feel almost magical as the right door opens and people respond as you hoped they would. Resources seem to fall in your lap as that right opportunity presents itself to you.
Instead of knocking on every door on the street, inspired action first takes time to discern the best door to knock on. You pay more attention to meaningful cues about what might work and what doesn’t. You allow Life to inform you, rather than trying to make Life conform to your preconceived ideas and plans.
So, the first move of inspired action is to get an initial prompt about what right action might be. As you follow this initial prompt and continue to pay attention to inner and outer cues, you refine this initial prompt with finer and finer detail. You go from a good general direction to precise insight.
To get a good initial prompt and to notice how you might need to adjust that as you go along requires mindfulness—you need to relax, quiet your mind, and pay close attention. You focus on what you want to achieve and expect that Life will show you the best way to get there. In other words, you seek to calm your emotions, focus underneath your mental chatter, and sense a deeper inspiration that is connected to what is really happening in “the whole of Life.” A great way to get to that place is to meditate.
In meditation, you guide your attention toward one thing, such as your breath or some inner focal point, and let go of everything else. As you do this, your brain waves come into calm coherence, your heart shifts into an easy rhythm, and your body relaxes. From that quiet relaxed state you are better able to see, feel, and discern what you want, what information is available inside and around you, and what steps to take to get where you want to go. In the clarity provided by meditation, you make keener observations and are receptive to information that you might otherwise miss.
Here’s a simple way to begin to access that sort of guidance. You can even try this right now:
Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and take several, slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. . .
Once your body is relaxed and your mind is quiet and alert, bring an issue into your awareness, focus into the area of your heart, and ask your heart a question. For example, “What is most important to do right now?” Be patient and keep the question open without rushing to have a quick answer. You may notice a word or phrase, an image, or a subtle nudge to action.
This might sound a little “woo-woo” at first—until you get the hang of it. A great time to do this is at the end of meditation practice, once you’ve gotten really centered and deeply relaxed. Ask your heart any question that’s on your mind. You might be surprised at what you find.
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Copyright 2010 Kevin Schoeninger
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