Come on light my fire! And keep it burning!

How to light the fire inside of you? And how to keep it burning?

I don’t know but recently the fire has awakened inside of me. I started to use my time more effectively for the things that I love doing. So, how can you light your fire inside of you? And how can you keep it burning?

1. Physical activity

Physical training has started not only the transformation of my body but also of my mind. Because you don’t grow only in muscle size but also you change your lifestyle. This lifestyle requires you to change most of the things that you have done before. It means for me to wake up every second day at 7:00 am to work out for 90 minutes before going to work. It means drinking enough water and cooking satisfying meals in the morning and evening e.g. eggs, pancakes, and salads. It teaches you to give essential time for recovery. I give myself 48 hours of recovery before the next strength-building exercise. It teaches you persistence. Moreover, your physical body today is not a reflection of your goals, not your desires but your standards: The identity that you desire for yourself. If you are an athlete, you will do whatever is necessary to maintain your identity. But you don’t have to change your identity, instead, you should try to extend it.

2. Mental State

Once you set the standard for yourself (you don’t have any excuses for your behavior), you can achieve a higher mental state by feeling aligned with the situation that you are in right now. You need to be grateful for every opportunity that you have. You need to feel in general happy noticing your strengths and weaknesses. You can even achieve a positive mental state by using power poses. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues in her famous TED talk that by “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, you can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success.

3. Inspiration and Vision

“If you want a special life, you have to do special things” (Gary Vaynerchuk)

To light your fire, you need to get some sparks. Those inspirational sparks can come from different personalities that you admire. It can be in form of friends, family, or known personalities. By speak, reading, and listening to them, you can seek for inspiration. Once you find your inspiration, you are able to develop your own vision. Don’t chase things that just cover your insecurities but instead try to really change the world for the better. Be bold and creative and always challenge yourself. Envision yourself in 5–10 years and write down your desired outcomes. It is important to write those things down so that you don’t lose track of it. Steve Jobs said in his famous commencement speech how to focus on the important things in life and make important decisions:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important” (Steve Jobs).

4. Consistency

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action” (Tony Robbins).

After you set the vision for yourself, you need to keep track of your progress and set smaller miles stones to keep you motivated. Please always remember where you came from. It helps you to see the changes. But knowing is not enough when you do not take the right actions. Once you set yourself in the right mindset, you can build upon your daily habits and actions. Those actions are compounded. That means that you earn interest and reinvest all your energy again and again. For Albert Einstein defined compound interest as “the eighth wonder of the world” (Albert Einstein). With this ability, you can master many skills. Therefore your time is so valuable for acquiring the desired skills.

5. Time

6. Resilience

So, how can you light your fire inside of you? And how can you keep it burning?

  1. Get into a positive mindset
  2. Seek for inspiration and create your own vision
  3. Act consistently
  4. Use your time wisely
  5. Be resilient

Rather “be ashes than dust”

“I would rather be ashes than dust!

I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.

The function of man is to live, not to exist.

I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.

I shall use my time”

(Jack London).

Fill your heart with joy, fill your lungs with fresh air, awake your taste buds and start moving. No matter where and what time. Focus on your own mission.

Whatever lightens the fire in you, start doing it more.

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well” (Jack London).