Keeping Inspiration Alive After a Retreat

Ever go to a really good, intensive transformational workshop or retreat?

They’re usually out-of-town, full of motivation and connection. We learn, laugh, connect, struggle and grow. A really good one leaves us feeling inspired, motivated, and empowered.  We leave feeling as if we could leap tall buildings in a single bound.

And then it fades.

Away from our everyday routines we soak up inspiration like dry sponges.  We leave feeling as if transforming our lives was no more difficult than making a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.  After a few days or a few weeks, it’s back to business as usual.

Inspiration fades and we forget how fabulous it all was and how fabulous we were.

So how can we stay enlivened after we return home to our jobs, mortgages, and everyday routines?  Here are a few ways that can help you stay inspired:

1.  Return to the workshop often. Assemble your notes, schedules, photos, workshop descriptions and handouts into a scrapbook or journal and look at it often.  Recall the fun you had, the ideas that came to you, and your personal highlights of the event.  Make notes and add them to your notebook.

2.  Keep feeling the energy you left with.  Recall the physical sensations in your body when your inspiration was at its peak and you felt unstoppable. Re-experience those feelings regularly by recalling them and breathing into the memories.

3.  Recall the goals, perceptions, and images that you had during the workshop. Write down the thoughts you had when you realized your new life was attainable.  Visualize it, too.  See your transformation in your mind’s eye, as if it were real right now.  Allow yourself to believe that your inspired new life is not only possible, but easily achievable.

4.  Stay connected to your peeps. Email, social media, and cheap long distance telephone make it easy to keep in touch with like-minded attendees.  Organize a weekly group call.  Don’t allow your conversations to backslide into complaints and lost dreams.  Take turns leading the calls, and make a pact with each other to stay focused on inspired, positive themes.  Cheer each other on.

5.  Stay connected to those who inspired you. Most workshop leaders and speakers offer lots of support and further inspiration on their websites.  Much of it is free.  Visit their websites.  Sign up for their teleclasses and ezines.  Read their books and blogs.  Listen to their podcasts.  Friend them on Facebook, “like” their fan pages, follow them on Twitter, and let them continue to guide you to greater inspiration, knowledge, and skills.

6.  Take a daily risk. Commit to taking one tiny step towards your new goals every single day, even if it scares you.  Especially if it scares you.  You’ll quickly discover that overcoming your fears and limiting beliefs through tiny action steps isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as staying stuck in old patterns is.

7.  Remember, transformation is a process, not a destination. Keep reminding yourself that permanent change comes over time.  Commit to giving yourself the gifts of patience and self-acceptance along the way.

So go ahead, and go for it.  Keep your inspiration alive.  Before long, you’ll be leaping tall buildings with a single bound.


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7 thoughts on “Keeping Inspiration Alive After a Retreat

  1. Mary Ellen

    Terry,

    I love this post! This was one of the things that came up for me before I even left the conference. One of my biggest takeaways was that I can go home and create and hold the space for myself every day to experience the same things I did at the conference. Everything I felt there, peace, love, hope,wordlessness, energy, excitement, connection, rest, joy, happiness…all of it…I can have anywhere if I am consciously creating the space for it to BE!
    Thank you for this list!
    Mary Ellen

  2. Terry Post author

    Thanks for the kind words, Mary Ellen! I’ve spoken to quite a few MB Convention attendees this week who are feeling a post-conference letdown. Your words are so simple and so on target. “Everything I felt there…I can have anywhere if I am consciously creating the space for it to BE.” That’s what our whole message is about, isn’t it? Creating lives of peace, excitement, hope, and happiness wherever we are. Thanks for your confirmation that we can indeed transcend where we are and who we are with, by our conscious creation of joyful lives.

  3. Elise Touchette

    Terry,
    Thanks for this. You are right, the energy is fading. But I noticed that it isn’t fading as fast as it used to after conferences I used to go to for careers I have since left. Hooray!

    I have made some great strides this week, so I will certainly put your tips in place so I can keep moving forward. The feeling I most connected with was how I feel when I learn. I love learning and will look for ways to bring that into my daily practice.

  4. Sarah

    Love this!!! I nosedived (spritually). When I got back to kids, laundry, basically my real life. Then gradually I’ve been going back to core of peace again and again and NOW am feeling good again – like a knowing that it’s all happenning, (NOT jazz hands)- I think that session was for me (:…….it’s a good place to be! Love all of your ideas!!!!

  5. Joy

    Just what I needed to read today! Thanks Terry! Sometime the little day to day stresses grab all my attention and it takes effort to not fall into the old patterns. My intention is to create the new patterns. All it takes is practice, practice, practice.

  6. Florence

    Great post, Terry. I hope you’ll understand that I don’t want to remember EVERY sensation I had, especially Friday afternoon just before the EMT arrived. 🙂

    Knowing that school ended for the kids today (and Tuesday for us) has helped me to hold on to the Keystone mojo as I look forward to a summer of butt-kicking practice building.

  7. Gina

    I’ve actually been harnessing my convention energy to crank on my website development. It’s been eluding me until this week!

    Still a work in progress but it’s come a long way over the past two days.

    I find myself super cranky every time I have to focus on mundane things like the day job.

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