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Inspiration is an Action

Most people feel that inspiration is an idea or a feeling. I believe that inspiration is an action. Those of us inclined to an entrepreneurial lifestyle have experienced flashes of inspiration to motivate us. Most people think their inspiration is a dream. The truly brave bring their dreams to life.

Inspired people create change. Because inspiration is the spark of motivation. It’s the breath of the muses awakening your dreams. It’s also the engine that drives you to achieve your goals.

–Source

My first creative endeavors were when I was quite young. The painting projects that I did for school, for friends even for the Polish Veterans of World War II. I worked with acrylics, oils, sea shells, and even scenery. At one time I thought set design was in my future. The designs I did for Hawaiian Night, HMS Pinafore, You’re a Good man Charlie Brown, Camelot, Arms, and the Man, and The Night Thoreau spent in jail were some I remember. I made my art gallery, Designer Tastes look like a Greek Island Village. Now all the homes I have transformed for myself, and others have led me to my current work in flooring design amongst others. My philosophy: Never Give up and if you can imagine it you can do it!

In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration may sometimes be overlooked because of its elusive nature. Its history of being treated as supernatural or divine hasn’t helped the situation. But as recent research shows, inspiration can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes. Psychologists Todd M. Thrash and Andrew J. Elliot have noted these core aspects of inspiration: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation. https://hbr.org/2011/11/why-inspiration-matters

My “stories “I told myself.

I am going to open a framing business (1980’s)- I did!

Why not make a business to evaluate music? We did the late 80’s!

Let’s move to the village in Greece! We did!

Let’s think of what we miss: an American Bakery, let’s open one! I did the 1990’s

I am going to have an art gallery, I did.

I am going to write a book; I am working on number 3

Other leadership traits that inspire Novogratz: “individuals who see a problem and focus on solving it, not yielding to facile excuses and roadblocks” and people “who constantly renew, retaining a childlike curiosity that enables them to seek knowledge and understanding, who commit to something bigger than themselves.” https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20130725-the-power-of-inspiration

My first creative endeavors were when I was quite young. The painting projects that I did for school, for friends even for the Polish Veterans of World War II. I worked with acrylics, oils, sea shells, and even scenery. At one time I thought set design was in my future.

Hawaiian Night, HMS Pinafore, You’re a Good man Charlie Brown, Camelot, Arms, and the man, and The night Thoreau spent in Jail. I made my art gallery, Designer Tastes look like a Greek Island Village. Now all the homes I have transformed for myself, and others have led me to my current work in flooring design amongst others. My philosophy: Never Give up and if you can imagine it you can do it~

Understand that you can be an inspiration to others, no matter what you feel you have or have not achieved. Even if you feel that you have not yet reached the endpoint, and even if you feel like you have reached a low point, you have the ability to inspire. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/giving-back_b_3298691

Inspiration is everywhere: just need to invite it into your life! Here are 49 ways!

#1. Do work that pushes you to your edges.

#2. Waste zero time on the past.

#‎3. Focus on being masterful at one thing versus mediocre at many things.

#4. Spend more time around art.

#5. Read biographies of lives greatly lived.

#6. 20X your goals, plans, and dreams.

#7. Associate with game-changers, visionaries, and titans.

#8. Celebrate how far you’ve come versus the distance still to go.

#9. Cause a little trouble by disrupting the status quo.

#10. Accept the project you fear the most.

#11. Leave an inspirational quote on a stranger’s windshield.

#12. Stop watching the news.

#13. Think a decade ahead rather than a day in advance.

#14. Start a movement.

#15. Wow a customer.

#16. Install a new habit.

#17. Remember that the mother of genius is simplicity.

#18. Know that the thing that is easiest to do is rarely the thing that is best to do.

#19. Speak less and listen better.

#20. Do a dream collage with images of your ideal moments.

#21. Record your ideal day in your journal.

#22. Forgive someone.

#23. Thank someone.

#24. Don’t confuse money with meaning nor income with impact.

#25. Spend the first 20 minutes of your day in exercise (it seriously optimizes brain and personal performance).

#26. Do your “Nightly 3”, writing 3 good things that happened to you during the day that’s ending.

#27. Speak your truth even when your voice shakes.

#28. Join Traffic University and leverage time commuting to learn and grow via audio programs.

#29. Visit a new city.

#30. Discover a new restaurant.

#31. Get good at being alone (you’re the only person you’ll be with your entire life so why not become comfortable in your own skin).

#32. See your work as your craft.

#33. Watch the movie “Searching for Sugar Man”.

#34. Do meetings standing up so they end quicker.

#35. Stop using the words “can’t”, “impossible” and “hate”.

#36. Practice harder (mastery isn’t a natural gift, it’s a daily devotion).

#37. Write handwritten thank you notes.

#38. Publish a book.

#39. Thank a mentor.

#40. Call your parents.

#41. Get out of the office and go invest in your personal development.

#42. Stop complaining.

#43. Use social media to uplift, encourage, teach and share.

#44. Less TV. More reading.

#45. Join a mastermind group.

#46. Spend the first 90 minutes of the next 90 days focused on your single largest opportunity.

#47. Remember that for every one masterpiece, Picasso painted 1000 paintings.

#48. Don’t listen to naysayers.

#49. Live like you mean it.

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Cynthia Kosciuczyk, MBA
Cynthia Kosciuczyk, MBAhttp://www.designertastes.com/
I took the less-traveled roads which led to many careers. Each of these contributed to my unique mix of expertise: science research, teaching, food, art, and textiles. Owning and operating my own businesses (a bakery, a gallery, and a consulting business) thrust me into the driver seat of learning many diverse roles from customer service to public relations and resulted in my unique management style. Participating in the creation of startups, working in design, and my own businesses and technology endeavors. My quest for knowledge and seeking out the best has turned me into a networking enthusiast. A lifelong passion for textiles and Persian rugs taught me an array of professional skills such as research, writing, and community events. Networking resulted in a multitude of business opportunities. My experiences include Management, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Design, Descriptive Writing, Business Strategy, Color, and Textiles. Every facet of my work and life comes together like pieces of a puzzle. I strive to be a phenomenal networker and problem solver who continues to learn and grow.

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