The quest for inspiration is something we all experience. Whether it is inspiration to build a wildly successful business or inspiration to simply get off the couch to tidy our home or go for a walk, it is still present. Inspiration is that invisible force that propels us to greatness but is so often elusive to many of us. It exists in the realm of creativity, where ideas are born & dreams take flight.
In our path to finding inspiration, we usually travel on a deep exploration of our inner selves and possibly the world around us. On this path we must consider the things we are passionate about.
Our passion acts as a gateway to our inspiration. When we discover and focus on what sets our hearts on fire, this is the first step towards finding that fountain of motivation and inspiration. To find this, we must reflect on our interests, values, and hopes for the future.
What ignites that flame within us? What makes us feel alive? What actions bring us joy? Which ones do we lose time doing? If we align our actions with our passions, we create a hotbed for inspiration. Often it helps if these are also actions that are new to us and not old and boring.
Sometimes a boring routine can strangle inspiration. To nurture our creative spirits, we must explore things beyond our comfort zones. This is where true growth happens. Sometimes this means traveling to unfamiliar places, immersing ourselves in diverse cultures, or trying new activities that challenge our preconceptions.
By embracing the “new”, we expose ourselves to a broad range of experiences that may awaken our dormant inspiration.
On the other hand, if we are already active individuals and new experiences are extremely common, it may be the opposite that we need to find inspiration. Sometimes our inspiration hides in all the chaos. We keep ourselves so busy with activities that we have trouble focusing to find that inspiration for what must be done. Mindfulness, the art of being fully present in the moment, can allow us to quiet the that chaos and uncover hidden treasures of inspiration. Engage in meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindful walks in nature can help. When we cultivate mindfulness, we give ourselves the opportunity to tune in to the whispers of inspiration in the universe that we may have otherwise not noticed. The meditation section of this app has great options for help with this.
Inspiration thrives in the company of like-to-like human beings. When we surround ourselves with a supportive and like-minded community our creativity is nurtured. Connecting with individuals who share our passions, whether through workshops, online forums, or local meetups, is a great way to find a community where we can thrive. Consciously engage in meaningful conversations, exchanging ideas, and collaborating on projects can inspire us even more. By fostering our creative community, we can take inspiration from the collective brilliance of others.
Often while we are in the midst of our stiving we can sometimes be too close to resolve it clearly. A major part of creation and bettering ourselves that many don’t discuss is failure. The details and proper analysis of these can often be difficult to see. Having trusted mentors and partners is vital to stepping to the next level. When we embrace these failures, it is the first stepping stone towards growth and innovation. Once we get through the initial emotions of a failed first attempt at something, inspiration often emerges from the depths of these setbacks & challenges. When faced with these obstacles, we must summon our resilience, attempt to not take them too personally, and view them as opportunities for learning and self-discovery. By persevering through our adversities, we cultivate a tenacious spirit that will draw inspiration from even the darkest corners of our experiences. Collaboration on solutions for these setbacks can provide us a path to move forward.
Sometimes when the future seems dark, and that small pinprick of light showing our path forward is illuminated, it’s the catalyst we need to tip our mental state from stressed anxiety over to hope and inspiration to move forward.
Our searches for inspiration are deeply personal and transformative journeys. This journey so often requires introspection, an open mind, and our willingness to explore uncharted paths we may not have always thought to go down. By harnessing our power of passion, seeking new experiences, embracing mindfulness in our activities, cultivating a creative community, and embracing failure that are inevitable, we can unlock the door to inspiration.
We should embark on this quest with unwavering determination, allowing inspiration to illuminate our paths and elevate our lives. We often get sucked down into the depths of our daily minutia and it is often difficult to see the joy in the journey.
We hope you find joy in your journey and inspiration in the ups and the downs therein.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Nelson Mandela
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