Picasso quote on inspiration
How to find inspiration

If you are waiting for inspiration, you may be missing out.

So many artists (anybody, really) find excuses to get started on something because they are waiting for inspiration to strike.

Having worked as a creative professional for over 30 years, the one thing I know for sure is that if I had waited for inspiration to get a job going, I would have been fired. Funny how when you know you have to find inspiration, you get good at finding it rather than it finding you.

The best way to find inspiration is to do something.

But how? Here are 5 ways to help you move forward:

  1. First, acknowledge that everyone who sets out to create something will meet resistance along the way. This is normal and must not be used as an excuse to stall. All that is happening here is that there is a little fear of failure building up. When this happens to me I acknowledge it, give myself permission to fail and move forward.
  2. Next, look at what other people are doing that is similar to what you want to do. Google it. YouTube it. Pick up a book and read about it. Get on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or other social media and follow everyone who does what you do to get ideas. Do whatever it takes. Open your mind to what others are doing and allow their creativity to inspire your action.
  3. If that doesn’t work, get out and explore a place that can help you get your creative juices flowing such as a park, garden, museum or musical event. It really doesn’t matter as long as it taps into something within you that gets you excited about moving forward. It also gets your body moving which really helps to set things in motion.
  4. Next, do something creative that is unrelated to your project. If you paint, then play an instrument, do a small craft project, cook a new dish or get in the garden and plant some colorful flowers. Just make something. This creates momentum and frees your mind to move forward on your primary project.
  5. And my last tidbit is to set a schedule and go step by step. Write down what you want to do and put it on a calendar or make a list. By breaking down your project into bite size pieces and spreading it across a few days, it makes it feel more manageable. This way you won’t feel so overwhelmed and it will give you a sense of control.

 

Now, since there are so many ways to find inspiration I thought I’d throw in a bonus tip. But this isn’t a trivial tip. It is THE tip for creating anything in your life.

What IS this magical tip?

It is physically impossible to simultaneously feel negative or lost about something while you intentionally focus on things you are grateful for. So if all else fails, take a little time to appreciate all the great things in your life and harness the creative power of gratitude.

Can’t think of ONE thing to be grateful for? No worries. I’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 101 things to be grateful for.

Now get going!

Whatever your project, know that inspiration is readily accessible to you at any time.

The next time you find that inspiration isn’t striking you, then go out there and get it!

What’s your secret?

There are many ways to find inspiration. Leave a comment and help others by sharing your secrets for getting inspired.