I’m certainly among them, except I consider myself to be more visually INSPIRED.
If you’re motivated to cast a vision, strategically plan and execute certain things, your environment is critical.
My approach to visual inspiration takes on several aspects:
- Depending on what’s going on any given day, I dress a particular way. It’s semi-stereotypical, but it works for me.
- Everything you see on the walls in my house is locally produced art created by some fine artists. Each piece speaks to me in a certain voice.
- My home office is even more specific. The four-walled room is painted in three distinct colors and I have a collection of framed art from the most significant sports events during my lifetime. There’s Mohammed Ali standing over Sonny Liston after a knockout in the first minute of the first round in their 1965 classic bout. Ali seems to be saying “just try getting up. Liston.” There’s the 1984 Miracle on Ice when the Americans beat the Russian Hockey team in perhaps the greatest sports moment of all time. I have photos of Jack Nicklaus, Larry Bird, Andre Agassi and others. Outside of sports I have huge inspirational posters of Nelson Mandela, the movie Gladiator and Braveheart. On my desk is a small globe helping me remember that it’s a small world where I can have a huge impact. And directly in front of my chair is my continually updated list of 7 focused priorities. I need to see them daily to avoid my tendency for distractions.
- In my back yard there are a few pieces of small farm memorabilia to honor my dad and help me remember my roots.
If you’re in a sterile environment – GET OUT. We all learn and get inspiration in different ways. I suggest taking time to reflect on what inspires you to be at your very best and get busy gettin’ busy.