Inspiration. It can come from anywhere. Inspiration to learn something new. Inspiration to pursue a new and exciting goal. Inspiration to accomplish something big. Less than a week ago, I was in Atlanta attending the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, lovingly called FNCE®, the official national conference for registered dietitians. One reason I love going to FNCE is because it brings the best of the best together. The best presenters, the best trends, the best dietitians in the profession all together in one place so we can grow exponentially together.
And another big reason I love it? Inspiration.
No matter what career path we are in, we need inspiration now and again. Here are five ways I was inspired by things that happened at FNCE this year. I hope you pursue some of these same ideas to inspire you as well!
1. Go to a conference!
Want to get out of a rut? Explore going to a conference where you can learn new trends, new ideas, new research and be inspired! And meeting new people is often the very best part. And this may be the only way you may meet them!
Here are a few conferences on my list:
2. Watch a powerful video.
This video captured the audience’s attention and emotions during the opening session. Not going to lie, tears were shed and it made me so proud to be a part of this profession. (Click on the link on top of the video since playback on other sites has been disabled).
3. Talk with people that have done what you want to accomplish. Thinking about an idea? Talk about it! During a networking event, one of the dietitians at my table shared this little tidbit that was pretty powerful. The more you talk about an idea, the more you can visualize it. And the more you visualize it, the more it is likely to really happen.
4. Pursue a TED talk. TED stands for Technology Education and Design with the tagline of “ideas worth spreading”. And by pursue I mean watch some, think about what you would say if you made one. I had the opportunity to do just that this past year: How Moms Can Change the World. It was a life-changing experience.
Check out this TED talk from our opening presenter at FNCE, Peter Diamandis – on the power of abundance and optimism.
5. Insert fun.
I made some new goals (pretty exciting ones), met some pretty amazing people, and shared meals and laughs with dietitian friends. I even was able to see a few Walking Dead zombies (husband was jealous 🙂 And I left inspired and rejuvenated with some pretty fun memories – even making an impromptu video with Best Food Facts!
Of course there are other ways you can be inspired in your career too, share them below in the comments!