In the movie About Time, when Tim Lake turns 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Tim can have a “life do-over” whenever he wants. What a concept! And what incredible life lessons I took from this romantic dramady.
I remember seeing About Time at a friend’s house and feeling awestruck. The moment the credits rolled I had an epiphany of inspiration and the 12 minutes it took me to drive home was all I needed for a life-changing program to unfold in my brain. I went straight from my car to my computer and recorded a training based on this concept of “life do-overs.” I titled it “Changing Your Life Through Time Travel.” The reactions from those who did the training matched my awestruck sentiments when the film ended. This is a life changer! I offer the free editable journal here:
Two weeks ago, I watched The Big Chill, for the first time in years, and again, had an epiphany… this one a bit more sobering, but inspiring none the less.
When I saw the movie Crash, one scene in it changed my life and how I live it, forever. I shared about it in a video, hoping to impact others with the small scene that most miss in the flurry of controversial topics the movie addresses.
I share these three examples because movies are and have ALWAYS been the major source of inspiration for me. It’s one of the reasons I left everyone I knew and loved in NY and relocated to CA to work in entertainment. I wanted to give back and inspire others through movies. While that relocation did lead to me writing and acting in movies, it predominantly took me in a very different direction. But because my source of inspiration was a constant (In the past 20 years I’ve averaged between 1-5 movies watched/week,) my creativity and the ability to create art through writing, speaking, social media, and my businesses, have never ceased. Every time I’ve felt stuck or blocked, I’ve gone to a movie theater or put in a DVD. Without fail I’ve always found inspiration.
I meet so many unsatisfied people. When I ask what they are passionate about, either they don’t know, or struggle with what was a passion is now a pressure. I follow up by asking, what inspires them. As you can imagine, they never have an answer. Perhaps they think of one after I’m gone, or a few days later, but for the most part, I’ve deduced that unsatisfied people are lacking inspiration.
If you have an unlimited resource for inspiration, like I do, I’d love for you to share it in the comment section below.
If like most, you don’t, but you’re still reading this because you want to feel inspired, I ask you these questions:
- What inspired you as a child?
- When was the last time you felt inspired and what was the cause?
- What do you accomplish when you feel inspired?
Inspiration is a gift that you deserve to open every single day. If you have that gift, cherish it. If not, do whatever it takes to discover it.
- Make a list of 20 things that inspired you growing up.
- How can you tap into that list now?
Tim discovered that when he was truly inspired, he no longer needed his “life do-overs.” Let inspiration be your power source!