I’m sure you all have heard the famous saying, “You don’t appreciate something until it’s gone.” Well that something for me was inspiration. Webster defines inspiration as ‘something that gives someone an idea about what to do or create; an influence; the power of moving the intellect or emotions.’ These past few weeks I’ve lacked inspiration in a few areas and I have been working to gain it back. So this week I would like to share a few things I’ve learned so far.
1) Find the type of inspiration(s) that works for you.
There are so many things that influence your creativity and goal setting: art, people, quotes, religion, etc. While some people prefer music, others may prefer a certain television show. Overall, whatever it is that inspires you is a personal decision. Figure out what works best for you collectively.
2) Update your inspiration
As you evolve in life, so may your inspirations. What inspired you in 4th grade may no longer inspire you at this point in your life. Instead of holding on to that inspiration and trying to force it to do a job it can no longer do, look elsewhere.
3) Inspiration can be both positive or negative.
Any and everything can inspire or influence you to create an action. Thus you have to be mindful of what is inspiring you. If you want to be hopeful, but listen to hopeless music constantly, don’t be surprised if you are struggling to hold on to your hope. Try reviewing what inspires you periodically and remove whatever hinders you.
4) Display your Inspiration
It’s important that your inspiration is easily accessible. Whether it’s a particular screen saver on your phone, a poster, family portrait, or statue you should be reminded by whatever it is that keeps you going so that you can keep going. I personally like African American artwork throughout my home because their messages inspire me. A vision board is a great way to display your inspiration. (A vision board is a simple collage of images, pictures, quotes etc.)
5) Inspiration Break
Take a few minutes each day or each week to relax and recharge. Practice Yoga. Watch a movie. Read a book. Listen to music. Do whatever it is that inspires you. Don’t think about the projects, don’t think about the job, or anything else. Give your mind a break to recharge.
“I’m Just Saying..”