Being Inspired At A Conference Is Not Enough

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
(Dr. Seuss)


If you attended the Paleo f(x)™ conference in Austin, Texas last month, you know what I mean by ‘Wow!’

It was a super inspiring three-day event about all things health and wellness. The co-founders, Keith and Michelle Norris, invited more than a hundred world-class speakers from around the globe, all of them focused on one thing: inspiring the attendees to be more after leaving the conference than they were before they got there.

And isn’t that the whole point of attending a conference? It’s about taking in new ideas, experiencing new things, and then using all you’ve received to improve your life in some way. It’s all about turning conference inspirations into actions that change your world for the better. Otherwise, it’s just a great party!

The conference also featured hundreds of vendors with all sorts of foods, devices, technologies, and gadgets focused on health and wellness. In fact, Paleo f(x)™ had so many great vendors this year that the conference was bursting beyond the capacity of the Palmer Events Center. Booths seemed to be set up in every nook and cranny the organizers could find; in fact, our Happy Living booth was in unmarked conference territory that we named “booth 120-and-a-half.”

If you missed out on #PFX17, mark your 2018 calendars for April 27–29 to join us. For those who were there, I know you were inspired by some big ideas: by someone or something, by what someone said or did, by some new gadget or some new way of thinking.

Inspiration is NOT Enough

So now your work begins! Of course, inspiration is real. It’s a feeling that overcomes you in a flash and can stay with you for days, weeks, months or years, depending on how dedicated you are to turn your inspiration into action.

I felt inspired learning about the products and technologies that made my Paleo f(x) 2017 short list (below), and I was most certainly inspired by my conversations with each of the incredible people mentioned.

However, I’m also keenly aware that inspiration is not powerful enough to overcome the forces of gravity that hold our lives in place. The forces that keep us stuck in the status quo. You know these forces: procrastination, self-doubt, cultural expectations, self-expectations, worry, busyness. The list goes on and on. Together, they make up the gravity of our lives…all the things swirling in our heads, telling us why we cannot and will not make positive changes in our lives.

For me, the biggest one is ‘worry.’ Worry is the force that takes over my mind when I’m not paying attention, and it gets me thinking about every little thing that could go wrong rather than staying focused on all of the things that are going right.

The good news is that I know I have enough personal power within me to overcome the forces of gravity holding my life in place, and so do you.

If you’re feeling held in place by gravity, and you want to change your life for the better rather than slipping back into the status quo, try the Transformation Process I use:

#1 – Pay attention to WHAT inspires you. I did that while at the conference and made a list of my top inspirations on the flight home. If you haven’t done that, it’s OK! Find some quiet time, think deeply about your experience at the conference, and write out your list.

#2 – Ask yourself: “WHY is this important to me?” Understanding WHY the things on your list are important starts a process of actively choosing your life by prioritizing what touches your heart. It is how you create a prioritized life, and it also helps you release habits and patterns that don’t serve the life you want to live.

#3 – Think about HOW you will bring change into your life. When I figure out HOW and then begin doing the work, I invoke the Power of the Universe. Tapping into this power allows me to stay on an inspired path, receiving fresh energy, insights, and connections to aid me at every turn. If you’d like more support for implementing change, here are nine rules that can help you turn inspiration into action [1].

Bringing change to life after an inspiring event doesn’t usually happen in a flash. Even now, I am doing the work of asking WHY and HOW. Turning inspiration into action takes time and effort. My ultimate goal is to bring in those few inspirations that will make the biggest, most positive impact on my life.

I’m looking forward to seeing the full impact Paleo f(x) 2017 will have on creating the life of my dreams.

Below is a list of my lightning bolt moments from Paleo f(x) 2017. I’m going to do the work of turning my inspirations into action, and I’ll report back to you in a few months.




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[1] Anna Dooley

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