When was the last time you felt inspired? The last time you were truly moved to do something? Perhaps it was during a conversation with a friend or colleague. Or maybe it was while reading a quote while scrolling down your Facebook feed. Whether or not you actually took action is another matter, but often that moment of inspiration can be a driving point for creativity. Action might be the tough part, but without the catalyst, the idea doesn’t even exist.
In today’s world, we’re constantly inundated by thoughts, ideas and information. It can be overwhelming, to say the least. And where are we supposed to draw inspiration from all of those messages? If you’re struggling, try one of these ideas – or a few – and see where they take you. You may be surprised by what ends up inspiring you, and might even have some unique experiences along the way.
1) Go for a walk – and look around. Leave your earbuds behind and start moving, wherever you are. Take in the sights and sounds, whether it’s in your own neighborhood or somewhere new and unfamiliar. (Do listen to your gut, though, in places you’ve never been!)
2) Try something new. Cook a new dish, play a new sport, whatever – get out of your comfort zone! What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll either realize you never want to do that again, or perhaps you’ll find something you love doing.
3) Volunteer. For an evening, a week or even a long-term commitment, helping others is a great way to learn more about ourselves – and see the world through an entirely new perspective. Check out what opportunities are available in your community.
4) Give yourself a day off, pressure-free: no obligations, no to-do lists. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of productivity that we’re encouraged to embrace. But everyone needs some time to truly unwind – and it’s in these very moments we often unexpectedly get inspired (or at least feel rejuvenated when we’re back at it the next day).
5) Plan a trip. Travel opens up our worlds – and our minds as well. Plan to visit a new place. It may be a couple hours’ drive or perhaps a long-haul flight, but get outside of what’s familiar to you. You’ll meet new people, see new places and probably get some great new ideas as well.
6) Work out. Exercising isn’t just good for you physically – it also gets your mental juices flowing. Go on a run, shoot some hoops, play a game of tennis: anything that will get you moving and sweaty – and perhaps inspired, too.
7) Read! Find books, articles, blogs and journals that you’re interested in, and get to it. Expose yourself to different ideas and ways of thinking. And never underestimate the power of a library card. You might be surprised at the great wealth of information available – for free – within the walls of your local public library.
There are a million and one ways to find inspiration, and they’re different for everyone. This short list is meant to get you started if you’re feeling stuck – and will hopefully be a jumping off point for you to chase that dream you’re working toward! We’d love to hear about other ideas you’ve got for finding inspiration, so please feel free to share them in the comments below!