I have had a dry spell lately when it comes to inspiration. It happens to all of us. We are human and life circumstances can sometimes take up so much of one’s energy to where we have none left. For us creative entrepreneurs, this can be challenging. We don’t have regular jobs we have to be at, and no one is telling us what to do. So what should we do?
With my current state of mind, I decided to take a break from feeling “stuck”, and just do something else, like write this blog post and share this with you, because if you’re struggling the way I am right now, maybe this inspires you too.
Here are a few things I’ve tried to get my creative juices flowing, and although they don’t always work, often they are magic. Obviously other people have their own methods of inspiring themselves, and I would love to hear if you have others to add to the list! 🙂
1. Force yourself to work.
Sometimes you just have to sit in front of the computer, paper or canvas, or whatever your work medium is, and get to work! I know it might feel like a waste of time to some people, but that’s the advice I’ve heard from some of the most successful people, including Pablo Picasso. Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” You could potentially spend days and weeks creating, and nothing comes of it, but sometimes you find GOLD.
2. Take a break and free your mind.
If you have tried making yourself work for inspiration and nothing is coming your way for a long period of time, maybe it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and free your mind. By freeing your mind, I mean to remove yourself and do either nothing, or something completely unrelated. It can be for just a few hours or even a few days, or weeks! Sometimes just a simple walk outside to get fresh air does it. I used to stress out when I wasn’t working and needed breaks, and I still do, but I know that breaks are absolutely necessary.
3. Watch, listen to or read stories, blogs, and books that make you feel good, whether they are related or not to what you’re working on.
4. Make a list of your successes, even if they are small, because sometimes your own thoughts of not being good enough, or not accomplishing enough, get in the way of inspiration. You can easily get caught up in the past, on mistakes, on failures and fears, and one of the best ways to snap out of the funk is to remind yourself of how great you are and what you HAVE accomplished already. Don’t let the old ruin your Now. Be GRATEFUL for what you’ve done already and for what you have.
5. Dream and fantasize about your goals and what you want your life to be like. Lift yourself up by making your imagination limitless. It could be fun! And try doing it without then suddenly thinking about how will you accomplish these goals. This part often ruins the “dream” aspect and takes you into “work mode.” We are allowed to just dream once in a while.
6. Finish something else you might have started before.
Sometimes deep down you know there is some unfinished business you need to resolve and until you do, it will keep gnawing at you. Finish it, get it done, then maybe you can move forward.
7. Go through the people in your life and make sure they are inspiring and motivating.
If you don’t feel better after you’ve talked to or spent time with them, maybe you need a break, especially when you’re trying to be creative! Not that every encounter should be happy and jolly, but if more often than not you find yourself smaller after being around certain people, limit the time you have with them. Time is extremely valuable and you shouldn’t waste it negatively and on the wrong people. Say NO to energy vampires.
8. Forget about the outcome or what others might think or say about you.
This is a difficult one for many of us. Of course you always want all of your work to be great, but in reality, it doesn’t always work out that way. If you try your best at creating what you believe is what you were put on this planet to do, then you are also allowed to make mistakes and fail. It’s the only way to learn, to move upward and onward. It is healthy to ask yourself questions about the quality of your work, but stressing about what others think of you or your work is an inspiration killer. Try working and enjoying the process without focusing on the outcome, at least once in a while.
9. If nothing is working, and the inspiration doesn’t come, then your job is to Rediscover the reason why you started doing what you do in the first place. What is it that you love about your work? Do you still love it? Search for that which you felt in the beginning of it all and try recovering it somehow. What makes you happy?
I hope this helps you get through these times of re-inspiration. Lately I’ve been forcing myself to work, and freeing my mind with little breaks here and there. I took one of my breaks, and ended up drawing my first troll just for fun, and I got excited again for a few days. That’s just one example of how these things can turn out.
I wish you luck in finding YOUR inspiration and have a great weekend!