How To STAY INSPIRED | Competition or inspiration?
How to stay inspired? the answer to this question can be the difference between someone achieving their greatest potential or just remaining average or even below. Dependant on whether or not you can stay charged with the 'force within' aka inspiration, maybe the decider to living a life of your dreams. The truth is, there are many junctions in our life that present us with a choice, choose to adopt a defensive, competitive approach verses choosing to become appreciative and inspired. I've often experienced situations that called on me to choose either one of these approaches.
Whether it was when I teamed up with someone to run a project or when I observed someone performing within a similar position to what I did - At that point, I had a choice to think, feel and act a certain way.
How to stay inspired vs Negatively competitive?
If we're really honest with ourselves, we sometimes have to manage a flow of emotions set off by jealous, envyous, competitive thoughts that question our value. These thoughts may consist of internal questions around compari ourselves with someone else (their looks, abilities, their personality and qualifications etc). Or we can take an entirely different approach, an inspirational path in which we nurture a sincere appreciation for the other person's unique expression.
How to stay inspired
I personally prefer the latter, although let me please state, HEALTHY COMPETITION is far different from the competition we've all grown accustomed to, as long as it is kept in the context of love and oneness, THAT's for another ARTICLE. However, we are pitting normal competitivness and it's sepretist perspective against an inspirational approach, I vote 'inspirational approach', everytime. Inspiration leaves you with nothing but a grateful perspective and a light heart.
This brings me to a matter I eventually want build upon - how to stay inspired when others expect you to adopt a competitive (I'm better than you) stanse.
It's funny, I've been mistaken for a friends postman, another person's builder, a couple of actors, footballers, a Tv chief, Ainsley Harriot (top right, pic) and even Floyd Mayweather(the boxer). However, recently someone asked if I was Rasheed Ogunlaru, (a life coach, speaker, author of Soul Trader - bottom right, pic). In which I replied, no but I have a mutual friend who has wanted myself and Ogunlaru to professionally come together for a couple of years now.
Ogunlaru was born in London in the early 1970s to Nigerian parents. He was educated at Haberdashers Boys School.
I was born around the same time and went to a rival boys school called Gayton high, the same school as the likes of Peter Ackroyd, Biblical scholar, Clive Anderson, Comedy writer, and broadcaster. In fact, Mark Ramprakash MBE, cricketer was my classmate.
Ogunlaru was an entertainer for a while and then helped develop other entertainers to perform better. I was emersed in investment property for many years, first as an ambitious investor and then as a consultant & coach to both investors and entrepreneurs. Although I did do a 3-year stint in the fashion industry as a senior designer for a popular organization at the very start of my career.
How to stay inspired when looking through the list of the other persons achievements
We both have authored books, speak and teach at retreats. Many would suggest that we're now in the same personal development space, making us enemies!, rivals! ...scheming competitors. In short, let me be direct - what rubbish!.(as I smile). I see this as so far removed from the truth.
This is how to stay inspired - simply choosing your perspective
No, instead I see two individuals, that have dared to stand-up, move forward, go beyond their fears, empowering and equiping themselves with liberating knowledge. Two individuals that possess obvious parallels in thinking, beliefs, and aspirations. The world needs explosive power, that is skillfully directed through motive and focused intention, driven by the right inspiration.
How to stay inspired summary
In short, I sincerely admire him, his uniqueness, his genius expression, his determination and resilliance. Great work my beautiful brother Rasheed Ogunlaru!!, keep doing what you're doing and only you in your authenticity can do, you're inspiring. At the same time I speak the exact same words to myself.
Not forgetting a big 'high-five' to everyone out there who is on their own exciting journey of expansion, growth and contribution. You too are individual expressions of source energy, gifting your unique gifts to the world, keep it going!!
Competition simply doesn't exist when you're truly authentic
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