Inspired Action: What It Is and How to Implement It

At some points in your life, you feel touched by the wand of inspiration. At these times, when you take action, what previously seemed so difficult suddenly becomes easier. How can you increase these inspired actions?
Inspired Action: What It Is and How to Implement It
Elena Sanz

Written and verified by the psychologist Elena Sanz.

Last update: 21 December, 2022

You often find yourself having to make important decisions. However, at these points, you frequently find yourself battling between two ideas. One, of believing “what will be will be” and the other of thinking “If I want something, I must make it happen”. Inspired action is a balance between passivity and blind commitment. It means you take action, but you do it in coherence with your desires.

You’ve probably felt, at certain times in your life that you weren’t in the right place. At these moments, a subtle but persistent intuition manifests itself in you. It makes you feel uncomfortable. That’s because it’s trying to show you that a particular job, relationship, or lifestyle isn’t really for you. It’s a small and sudden impulse that simply reminds you that it’s not the way to go.

However, your rational side, the expert in finding difficulties and limitations, soon silences your wise inner voice. “There are hardly any jobs around.” it tells you, or  “Your relationship isn’t that bad “, “You can’t do that “, “You don’t know how to do it “or “Don’t risk it “. Therefore, in the blink of an eye, you find you’ve discarded your inspiration. That’s because you believe that logical and ‘realistic’ reasoning is the only path to success.

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Inspired action

Inspired action is about discovering your true aspirations, and working toward them. It means taking action, knowing that they can be achieved. To do this, you must follow these steps:

Set your goals

In the first place, you must determine what your objectives are. In other words, the areas of your life in which you want to make a change. You should think big and ask big. In fact, imagine yourself in a scenario that’s free of any fear and limitations and ask yourself: if anything  were possible, what would I like to achieve?

In order to connect with what you yearn for, meditation can be really helpful. During this process, you may discover that you want to start a business, adopt healthier habits, learn a new language, or enjoy healthier relationships.

When you’ve established your goals, you need to consolidate your intentions. Fix in your unconscious what you’re going to work for. Writing it down or practicing creative visualization can be useful. Try to think of yourself and see yourself as having already achieved your goal.

Spot the signs

As you focus your mind on accomplishing something, you’ll likely begin to see impulses, opportunities, and signals, born from your intuition. They’ll act as a guide to get you closer to your goal. They can manifest as an idea, a sudden injection of motivation, or an external element.

For instance, perhaps a contact will offer you an opportunity or provide you with information that’ll be of help to you. On the other hand, if you’ve set out to enjoy healthier relationships, you may begin to become more aware of the harmful attitudes of some people around you.

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Take inspired action

At first, it may be difficult for you to take the action that derives from your inspiration. That’s because your fear of change is always present. Nevertheless, if you give it a try, you’ll soon find that inspired action is qualitatively different from desperate action.

The latter takes place when you do something out of obligation or necessity, moved by a lack of something or fear. Acting from this position is hard, boring, frustrating, and painful. You feel that you’re sacrificing yourself for something that you should do, but you don’t want to.

On the contrary, inspired action is simple, fluid, and exciting. It feels like a game, with the advantage that it’s focused on what you want. When you act guided by inspiration, you feel capable, your dream overshadows your fear and there’s no sacrifice, just dedication.

If you have the courage to mentally design the life you want and to stay focused on that image, your attitude itself will be a source of inspiration. Therefore, if you want to reach your goal, take action, both within you and without. Create your opportunity from within.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

  • Bunge, M. (2013). Intuición y razón. Sudamericana.

  • Romo, M. (1997). Psicología de la creatividad. Barcelona: Paidós.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.