Ready to Feel Inspired?
So, let’s be honest here, some days are great – we wake up feeling motivated and ready to take on the world, and come up with ideas and solutions quickly to the problems we face. But even superheroes have bad days!
Maybe you’re feeling lazy today for all the extra hours you’ve been putting in over the last few weeks (aka. This sounds like the start of a recipe for burnout). Or you’re having trouble coming up with that genius creative solution to a problem you need solved. Inspiration just seems beyond your grasp! Well, whatever it is that has you feeling stuck today (or lately), be prepared to feel inspired …
Well I’m here today to tell you that part of the problem has to do with finding that perfect work-life balance. Many entrepreneurs, including myself, just do not give themselves enough attention (physically and mentally). We eat whatever is quickest to make or nearest our fingertips, if we even stop to eat at all. We work until the wee hours of the night even when our brain is giving us warning signs we’ve pushed the limit for the day. This lifestyle is a recipe for burnout and in order for us to do good for the entrepreneurial world, we need to feel good. So, well-being should be a #1 priority!
To be inspired is the ultimate antidote to existential despair. ~ Jason Silva, Author
Ready to create some change?
Truthfully, you must let the inspiration come to you. The more you try to chase it down, the further it’s going to get and the less success you’re going to have catching up to it. To help with creating some change in your life to let creativity and inspiration flow more easily, here is a small list of things you can do to switch things up …
- Find yourself some new surroundings. Changing things up when it comes to physical space has a surprisingly huge impact on the way we think, feel and work.
- Start writing your thoughts and ideas down. Yes, all of them. Whether it be through scribbles, sketches, voice notes, emails or texts to yourself … putting your thoughts and ideas down makes it way easier to go back and find the stroke of genius you were looking for. No idea is ever a bad idea. It just may not be the idea you’re looking for or needing right now.
- Remove yourself from daily distractions. At least 1-2 hours per day (also try for a full day over the weekend) spend some time away from your cell phone, your work email, the internet or absolutely anything else that pulls you away. Let yourself breathe. Clearing the air will help make room for problem solving, creativity and yes, inspiration!
- Never stop reading! Remember when we were younger we could punch out an entire book in just a day or two? Then as we aged, time for reading became less and less. Well, it’s time to bring reading to the forefront again. Nearly every successful entrepreneur reads when they’re not working. No, not some silly 100 book challenge … but books, blogs and articles about their niche (and competitors) to widen their knowledge and discover new technologies, connections, events, etc. However, reading can’t always be business-related. Just sayin’!
- Stop always trying to be a perfectionist and start acting on your ideas. Even if it’s with the thought that going forward with your current idea, project or task is just that, an idea that isn’t totally refined just yet.
- Take time to evaluate and re-evaluate your goals (both business and pleasure) as maybe the reason you’re struggling at the moment is due to a deeper issue.
- Take time to focus on yourself, have quiet time, listen to music and just plain ol’ relax. And no, not just once every few months or so … Every. Single. Day.
Looking for ways to keep that inspiration on its high horse?
Here are a few of my favourite ways to prevent the creative block and stay inspired …
- Reading (blogs, books, online articles – business or pleasure);
- Fresh air (whether it’s exercise or just sitting on the porch with a cup of tea)
- Practicing gratitude and giving back (seeing what you contribute makes a difference);
- Taking in other people’s stories (reading, watching, listening – famous or personal);
- Taking some well-deserved alone time to do the things that make you happy;
- Listening to some great music and letting the emotions of each song speak to you;
- Creating something magical that’s non-work related (for me it’s art n’ crafts); and
- Journaling (whether it’s a brain dump or creating a list of affirmations).
Looking for even more ways to find inspiration?
Here is a link to a favourite list I keep handy of 50 ways to find inspiration when the juices are running low …!
If we look at the world with love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us. ~ Daisaku Ikeda
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