Inspiration is like a lightning bolt that can motivate you in times of great need. The thing about inspiration that makes it so magical is also the thing that makes it so frustrating: you never really know when it’s going to strike. It’s not just writers who battle so-called “writer’s block,” either: professionals of all shapes, sizes, and disciplines occasionally hit a creative wall that stunts their forward momentum. And it doesn’t just happen in the artistic or business worlds, it can happen emotionally as well. But there’s good news: it doesn’t have to last forever.
Where Inspiration Comes From
That sudden lightning bolt of inspiration we all strive for? It comes from a discovery of something new, a mental pathway that you haven’t walked before. Inspiration is made up of three qualities: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation, and not only helps you complete a project or create a new work of art, it’s actually good for your well-being too. Inspiration helps us feel connection to the world, and will heighten your empathy and devotion to others.
How To Break the Block
You might not be a writer, but writer’s block, or a noted lack of creativity and inspiration, can strike anyone. However, the solution you’re looking for may end up coming through writing. Just start writing ideas down on a piece of paper, and don’t filter yourself. Yes, there will be some cringe-worthy ideas on that page. But the process of writing will start the creative gears turning in your head.
Another effective technique is to change your surroundings. If you’re always in an office, take a walk outside and think. Walking really does help the brain focus better and come up with more original solutions. Meditation is another excellent strategy to deal with a lack of inspiration: sometimes, inspiration is in our brain but is being drowned out by anxiety, excessive information, or the distractions of the outside world. A few minutes of meditation a day can do wonders for your creativity and health! Speaking of health, are you getting enough sleep, exercise, and healthy food? If not, that could be a big part of the reason why your brain hasn’t come up with that life-changing idea yet. Never forget to take the time to care for yourself!
I’m Jessica Cox, and being born without arms has made me think creative ways to solve life’s various problems. I call this “Thinking Outside the Shoe,” and it’s something I literally and figuratively do every single day. If you’re interested in having me inspire the attendees at your meeting, business convention, or religious gathering, please contact me.