Inspiration is rather like a butterfly, beautiful, fleeing, you have to chase it sometimes. Feeling inspired on demand can feel like a bit of a challenge. The pressure to find inspiration to be creative or get that project finished can go two ways. Either it becomes a massive antidote to inspiration and causes massive anxiety and fear that everything will all fall apart, or it sparks a fire that helps sharpen the mind and create solutions from thin air. If you are in the former camp then how do you get into a place of inspiration so you can take action from that divinely and creatively lead place?
- Change your environment
This is my top tip. I get so much inspiration from beautiful inspired surroundings and high vibration people. Working part-time from my home office is great, but any family mess and toys can be a distraction. It’s healthy for me to get dressed up for ‘work’ and go somewhere else to break the patterns from being at home. I often work in my summerhouse office or at the garden table. Sometimes I work in the private room at my health club, an artisan cafe, or the lobby of an up market hotel. I also have a break and walk outside, I visit art galleries and museums. Being surrounded by nature and beauty really helps me feel inspired and creative. Being surrounded by an inspirational location doesn’t mean you have to become an extrovert either. You do it your way, if you prefer to be introverted then you don’t have to strike up conversations if you really don’t feel like it. But knowing other people are present helps build that feeling of community and belonging.
2. Go within to find the answers
Find quiet time during your day to practice meditation. Have a journal next to you and if you have an idea whilst meditating, jot it down, then continue in your practice. Having a notepad in the bathroom also helps because my best ideas come when I have my morning shower! Speaking to your coach will also help. They are trained to listen actively and reflect back what they hear. This helps you understand what you are actually thinking versus what you are saying. Clarity is inspiration! Record your sessions so you can review and gain even further insights.
3. Be inspired by people who have what desire and use jealously as the litmus test for what you want for your life.
Jealous has been given some bad wraps over the years. Jealousy can be a very negative emotion if you let it eat you up. But if you feel envy about someone else then that means you want that for yourself. Model what that person has done, why not even ask them. Then you can learn the secret to their success and decide if what they have is really for you. I also find that reading books and watch films about people who have overcome adversity and been successful can be so inspirational. This can help you feel uplifted, inspired and give new perspective. Think of Eddie the Eagle – he was ridiculed but he never let that stand in his way. Find a mentor or study people who have what you want. Why reinvent the wheel? Just go to the source and ask. The answers you get may surprise and inspire you to think differently. What lessons can you draw from the book, film or person. How can you apply this to your project, business or life?
4. Let your body take over to quiet your mind and let it reset
Exercise helps the body release stress and tension – two massive antidotes to creativity and inspiration! Here’s the trick to feeling inspired: either do something you wouldn’t normally do, or do your normal workout somewhere different! If you like running, go to Yoga. If you like Yoga, go spinning. The exercise doesn’t matter that much it’s the act of pattern interrupt which challenges the body and the brain to ensure you leave feeling refreshed and feeling inspired again. Go for a run in a different park, or cycle home a different way. A change is as good as a rest as they say!
5. Be spontaneous and creative in something else
We all get stuck in a rut at times. Book a day away somewhere from spasalongym website you’ve never been before. On a whim! Don’t plan it all out too much, just go and have an adventure. Don’t forget that you are creative – we all are. Partake in a creative activity to develop new neural connections. Buy a canvas and paint and just throw it on. Up cycle a piece of furniture. Have a singing lesson. Visit the park and only take photos of trees. Go to the theatre. Cook something you’ve never made before. Camp in the garden with your kids. Watch a film in French.