As a solopreneur and a blogger and a non-completer of crochet projects I talk with individuals involved in at least one of those three paths on a daily basis. In many of my conversations I hear, “If only I could find #inspiration I could blog more, crochet more, pursue my dream of business ownership, etc. etc.”
I learned long ago — once I realized that I did not play well with the wrong others — that if I wanted to own my own business and pursue my dream of being a full time, work from home writer that I couldn’t wait for inspiration to strike. I had to go grab my muse and drag her kicking and screaming to my office, tether her to my shoulder, and perform whether she liked it or not! Inspiration is a beautiful thing if you can find it, if you are waiting for it to strike you could be waiting a long time and opportunities could be passing you by.
What can you do to uncover some much needed inspiration? A word to the wise or the uninitiated, action will spur more inspiration than inaction — so get moving! Here are some tips that work for me:
- Keep a journal. Write in it before you go to bed at night or when you get up in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a Dear Diary entry. It can be a “this is what I am wondering about today…”
- Speaking of “wonder…” be curious. Ask questions. Ponder the what-ifs.
- Be present in the moment. If breast cancer taught me one thing it is to get through whatever is thrown at me minute by minute and to actually live in that minute. Prior to this I would be involved in something that I may have enjoyed, but I’d always be wondering, “what’s next?”
- Take a class. Go to a networking event. Get out of the house!
- Browse the internet for motivational quotes
- “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
- Stop shoulding yourself — “I should be doing XYZ” or “I should be eating XYZ” don’t put limits on where your imagination and inspiration take you. If you decide you don’t want to pursue it, then stop.
- Stop over-thinking and procrastinating. It takes more mental energy and more of a physical toll on you to put off a task you’re not sure of. Make a decision and move on.
- If you’re stuck, work with a coach to help you move forward.
- Learn to say “no.” You don’t have to be Wonder Woman or Superman and say yes to everything or save the world. Pick and choose what makes you happy and pursue those endeavors.
- Choose one healthy habit and do it for 21 days. Whether it’s taking 10,000 steps a day or only having one donut for breakfast instead of two. Make a small change then at the end of 21 days add another habit.
- Read a book. When is the last time you settled in with a good book and let yourself get lost in the story?
- Surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire and encourage you.
- Watch a movie that you love.
- Visit an art gallery.
- Call a friend instead of simply texting. Better yet, invite a friend out for coffee or a lunch date.
What inspires and motivates you? Do you wait for inspiration to strike or do you grab the muse by the wings and keep her on your side?