Motivational speakers talk a lot about action, taking massive action, action, action, action… This implies that you must take action non-stop. Just DO something towards your goal.

The empowered person knows that it is inspired action that counts.


Because inspired action works with the most powerful partner – the Universe – in perfect synchronicity.

Why is inspired action so important?

As humans we tend to think in linear terms but in the Universe everything is interconnected.

Each of us is here for a specific purpose and we are working in collaboration with other people, whether we are conscious of it or not. Everyone we encounter and everything we experience is significant and part of the Divine Plan.

Visualize a complex project plan with tasks, resource allocations and interdependencies. If something happens out of sequence, it affects the whole plan by altering or delaying the outcome. The synchronicity is disrupted.

By living our purpose we are playing our part in the delivery of the Divine Plan and by following Universal Laws we stay in alignment with the plan.

When you take inspired action you are working in harmony with the Universe and allowing everything to unfold in perfect timing to deliver the desired outcome.

When we focus on taking action for the sake of action we disrupt the sequence and jeopardize the outcome by forcing things to happen within our time frame, unaware of the BIG picture.

Our purpose is not just about DOING, it is also about BEING and so the Universe takes us on the ‘scenic route’ to deliver perfect situations to facilitate our spiritual growth as well as giving us the knowledge and experience we need to achieve our outcomes.

You know, if we went everywhere on the freeway to get to our destination as quickly as possible we’d miss the delightful little towns along the way, we’d miss the chance conversations with lovely people and miss the joy of the journey in every present moment. Life is about enjoying the journey, not just getting from cradle to grave as quickly as possible!

The route we take might seem illogical to us and sometimes our experiences seem to be taking us away from our goals rather than towards them, but in hindsight they turn out to have been essential steps that have delivered incredible benefits.

What is inspired action?

The difference between inspired action and conventional action is that inspired action is based on intuition and conventional action is based on logic.

When you take inspired action it may seem illogical at the time but you are working in synchronicity with the Divine Plan, where things don’t work in our human linear view of cause and effect.

The dictionary definition of synchronicity is

the coincidental occurrence of events that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung

If you’d like to learn more about synchronicity, Carl Jung and the connection to Einstein’s theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, look up Synchronicity on Wikipedia at

connect to the quantum fieldSpeaking of Einstein, he was a firm believer in the power of intuition, inspiration and imagination.

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

We tend to think of scientific breakthroughs as being based wholly on logic, but those Eureka moments come from ‘Divine Inspiration’, otherwise known as universal intelligence or the quantum field.

I used to rely exclusively on logic and didn’t consider my intuition to have any bearing on what I should do. I’m not sure I was even aware of my intuition most of the time. I was trained as an analyst and logic ruled!

Then my life changed dramatically after a series of personal crises that had made my life unbearable. This was the Universe’s way of showing me I was taking the wrong direction and needed to align with my purpose, although I didn’t know it at the time. I had a choice to make to either continue down the path of so-called ‘security and responsibility’ and stay miserable, or take a leap of faith and go in a completely different direction – into the unknown.

Logic said be sensible, stick with the safe choice but I just KNEW I had to go with the flow and follow the new path that was being laid out before me. I followed my intuition and here I am today with Bill, being true to my purpose, enjoying a journey filled with incredible adventures and building our vision of aSmilingWorld.

Speaking of vision, inspired action is dependent on having a clear intention or outcome in mind and is an essential element in manifesting that outcome. A vague wish will not have sufficient focus and energy to connect with the universal intelligence that is the source of our inspiration. The outcome doesn’t have to be a BIG VISION; the process works on every level, big and small as long as you have clarity and focus.

So, how does this work in practice?

How to take inspired action

The first step is to tune into your intuition.

We all have intuition but some people are more naturally attuned to it than others. For many years I ignored my intuition and didn’t even acknowledge its existence. Since I consciously started to tune into my intuition after the experience I’ve just described, I learnt to pay close attention to it because it was when I ignored intuition and talked myself into a logical approach that things went wrong.

tap into your intuitionHere’s the thing, we all experience intuition in different ways. You may hear voices, you may have visualizations, ideas might just pop into your head, and then there’s just the feeling that something is right or wrong.

You can develop your intuition by consciously focusing on opening yourself up to receive those Divine messages. I tend to focus on the area of the crown chakra at the top of the head and the third eye, in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. Imagine you are opening a door to the Universe and allowing space for messages and ideas to enter your consciousness.

Taking inspired action means acting on the right ideas that are aligned with your vision and purpose. So the next step is to test these ideas out to determine whether they feel right or not.

At this point, don’t be surprised if your logic kicks in and your brain comes up with every reason why this idea won’t work, is ridiculous, impossible etc etc.

Put those thoughts out of your mind immediately.

Tune back in to your feelings and energy, and you’ll start to recognize what feels right – essentially you follow your heart.

Intuition depends on developing a high level of awareness – a consciousness – of the thoughts in your head, of the significance of the people you meet, of experiences you have, of messages that present themselves in an email, on a billboard. As I said earlier, everything is significant and the Universe uses many different messengers to communicate with you.

If you’re stuck, ask the Universe questions. Then wait for the answer and be on the lookout for messages from the most unlikely places. If you don’t yet know the answer, do nothing. The Universe will deliver it at the perfect time for you to take the required action.

When you tune into your intuition and take inspired action, your life becomes a fun and exciting treasure hunt, following the next clue then the next and enjoying magical experiences along the way. Miracles do happen but you have to look out for them – many go unnoticed because people just don’t believe in them.

Believing is seeing – not the other way around!


Taking inspired action ensures you are working in alignment with the Divine Plan and following the path that will fulfill both your life purpose and your soul purpose. The Universe is supporting you every step of the way.

Logic has a place too, but it should be the backup to your intuition, not the leader of your choices. Recognize your inspired ideas and Divine inspiration to determine WHAT action to take and then use your logic to determine HOW to carry it out.

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Jan Shaw – The Success Alchemist, is a Spiritual Empowerment and Intuitive Success Coach, Success Strategist, Mindset & Manifestation Mentor. She delivers intuitive guidance, spiritual and metaphysical teaching, plus practical life and business success strategies, to support you in fulfilling your Soul Mission and Life Purpose and achieving your highest potential.

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