11/29/2010 05:15 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Inspiration Is for Amateurs

"The things you want are always possible; it is just that the way to get them is not always apparent. The only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life is you, and that can be a considerable obstacle because you carry the baggage of insecurities and past experience." -- Les Brown

Last night, while surfing the television channels, I came across an episode of "Charlie Rose." Charlie was interviewing Chuck Close, an American painter and photographer who is known as a photorealist. Though he is severely paralyzed due to a spinal artery collapse that occurred in 1988, he continues to paint and produce highly sought-after, incredible works of art.

During his conversation with Charlie Rose, Chuck Close said, "Inspiration is for amateurs." Only an amateur sits around waiting for inspiration to hit. There's no waiting. You make art. The inspiration is in the process; the energy and motivation is in the doing.

At the same time, an e-mail from a Tushkateer (a member of the Kick in the Tush Club) popped up in my inbox. N.D. wrote, "I'm not having a good week. Somewhere in my head I think I'm waiting for the 'magic' moment, when I am suddenly wisked into healthy behavior."

As Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker, says, "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily."

Inspiration, Motivation and Magic Moments

Do you see where I'm going? Are you picking up what I'm putting down?

While it's true that a moment of inspiration or motivation may inspire you -- in the moment -- to move forward, moments of inspiration and motivation tend to wax and wane. When those "high" moments begin to dissipate, you have to dig deep and keep going anyway! You can't sit back and say, "Well, I'll just wait for another moment of inspiration or motivation to hit."

Whatever it is that you are reaching for, whatever it is that you are "trying" to do, to accomplish in this lifetime, when you take action, your action will inspire you to spiral upward.

Paradoxically motivated?

I do hope that knowing that inspiration (and motivation) is for amateurs, that knowing you need to motivate yourself daily and that "magic moments" are just that -- moments -- motivates you to take one step and then another toward your goals, toward your dreams!

Spread the word ... not the icing!

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