Ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and creativity to tackle a problem or issue? Inspiration can come in various forms all bundled up together, from a combination of connections or associations, daydreams, revelations, or just a shot of dopamine that kickstarts your creative problem-solving skills. The good thing is that you can learn how to re-activate these moments through training yourself to be more inspired strategically. The problem with inspiration is the shelf life is relatively short. You can’t store it or retrieve it at any time you want. It’s similar to the muscles energy that you build up during your workout. In this article, I will share tips on how you can activate inspiration on demand.
Permit yourself to be creative
Inspiration and creation are two sides of the same coin, and it’s up to you to decide which comes first.
Some people know they’ll have an idea as soon as they sit down to write, while others have to sit and wait for inspiration to hit.
The story of “how I got started” and “how I keep myself going” seems to be pretty different for a lot of people. Some people are inspired when they wake up; some when they get home from work; some when they sit down and work.
For me, inspiration only happens when I am permitted to be creative. So, whenever I feel uninspired, I permit myself to be creative. This means I let myself be vulnerable. It means I change my mind. It means I forgive myself. It means I let go of my limitations.
Focus on staying in the present moment
When you’re overwhelmed, it’s easy to be stuck in the past or the future. What you need is a bit of inspiration to get you back to the present moment, where everything feels more manageable.
This may seem impossible, but guided meditation can help you do that.
Meditation can anchor you in the present moment by helping you focus your attention on some aspect of the present moment — your breath, a mantra, or an image.
When the mind is in the present, you are doing what needs to be done. You are focused and in control.
The zone is a state of intense focus that can be achieved with mindfulness.
By focusing on staying in the present, you can harness your full potential.
It’s as simple as focusing on what you are doing in each moment.
When you focus on the present moment, you develop a heightened sense of awareness.
When your mind is more present, you can perform at your best.
Your mind will be in the present.
Your mind will be in the moment.
Your mind will be in the moment of what you are doing now.
The secret to inspirational moments is patience
No matter what you do, there are going to be days when you’re just not feeling it. Sometimes you’re simply uninspired, other times you’re tired, discouraged, or stressed, and sometimes you just don’t have the energy to push yourself.
It’s tempting to think you have to work yourself to exhaustion or push yourself too hard to stay motivated. But inspiration doesn’t just happen, and it doesn’t have to. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of patience and persistence.
Take a break. When you start to feel uninspired, take a deep breath and step away from what you’re doing. Getting away from your day-to-day tasks can give you a fresh perspective and help you reconnect with the motivation you felt before you started.
Set a time limit. It’s tempting to keep hammering away at a project until you achieve your goal, but it’s important to have set deadlines. Otherwise, it’s easy to get distracted and keep working late into the night. Set a time limit and stick to it.
Give yourself a break. Self-sabotage happens to the best of us. If you’ve been trying to work on a project and it’s just not working, let it go. Permit yourself to move on to something else.
Inspiration isn’t something you can force. You can’t make it show up, but you can control how you react to it when it does.
Don’t be afraid to do the unexpected
Whenever you do something out of the ordinary, you’ll experience a surge of dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that’s responsible for motivation. As a result, you’ll face less resistance, and both your effort and results will likely improve.
Immersing yourself in unfamiliar contexts is one of the most effective ways to stimulate your creative juices.
Since creativity is unsystematic, unpredictable, and impure, it’s normal to feel unsure and without direction when trying to spark it. But research has found that one of the best ways to generate new, creative ideas is by “playing with ideas.”
According to researchers, creativity happens when you mix unrelated connections to see where they lead. You may think of a tree and a dog, but if you connect them, you may be led to think of a tree trunk, bark, leaves, branches, bark, bark, dig, bark, and bark.
Don’t let your inspirations slip away.
You may be the most creative person in the world, but what do you do when inspiration hits? How do you stay inspired when your mind is flooded with great ideas?
Inspiration is a magical thing. It’s often what gets us out of bed in the morning, and when we get that spark of inspiration, we wonder how we ever went without it.
Inspiration isn’t something you have or don’t have. It’s a feeling.
Perhaps inspiration comes when we feel we’re are falling (falling in love, for example), or perhaps it comes when we feel we’re rising (getting a promotion, for example), or perhaps it comes when we feel we’re moving forward (moving in with our partner, for example).
It may be a combination of both, or it may be that inspiration comes when we have outgrown or outgrown a situation.
Inspiration comes when we experience a sense of freedom and an expanded sense of self.
Inspiration is fleeting, however, and inspiration is a bit like love.
If you give love a long enough chance, it will return.
Go for change – not perfection – identify what you want but don’t get bent out of shape
Inspiration is a funny thing.
Inspiration can strike at any time and usually surprises us. Sometimes it comes in the form of a song, a passage in a book, or a quote. Sometimes it comes in the form of a shiny new idea. Or sometimes, it strikes us out of the blue.
Inspiration is, however, something you can’t force. You can’t simply tell yourself, “I must become more creative,” and expect it to happen. You need to give it the time it needs and pay attention to it when it does come.
Creativity is, after all, fickle. Sometimes, inspiration strikes, and other times, it doesn’t. Sometimes, it’s there, but we can’t feel it.
And that’s OK.
Creativity is personal.
A huge part of creativity is finding inspiration that works for you.
You can’t force inspiration. The creative process is unpredictable. Sometimes ideas come easily, sometimes they don’t. Some moments are “inspiration moments” — you suddenly see a beautiful new possibility and your brain sparks with new ideas. Sometimes, though, you hit a wall and nothing works.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes your brain just needs to recharge. But boredom and inhibition can stifle creativity, so it’s important to know how to reactivate inspiration when you need it.
Create the creative environment you need to spark those ideas and get things moving towards your vision. The best way to inspire yourself is to try new things, experiment, accept progress as a good thing, enjoy it
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