Inspiration is the source of our greatest work. We rely on it every day to write, paint, design, plan and compose, yet many people often find that it’s hard to come by. Here are some of my favourite ways to find inspiration when I want it.
Ask a Big Question
One of the best ways I know to find my inspiration is to reconnect with my purpose. Ask yourself why you do what you do. If you’re only doing what you’re doing for the money, it will always be hard to be inspired. Ask yourself the big question: why do you do what you do? Do you want to be the best? Do you want your work or your art to be the very best it can be? I can tell you that when you ask yourself these big questions you’ll find that you never lack inspiration.
Take a Break
If you’ve been working on something for a while and seem to have hit a creative barrier, the best thing could be to stop for a while. Yes, even if you have a deadline looming. If the creative juices aren’t flowing, it can be more efficient to stop, take a break, catch your breath with a cup of coffee and go back refreshed than it would be to push on regardless.
Have a Conversation
Stop, talk it over with a friend or colleague. it’s a great way to get a fresh perspective. They may not give you the answer, but a good chat can often open doors to possible solutions for you. I use this method frequently and it’s surprising how effective it can be.
Watch a Film
This is one of my favourite techniques. As a creative, my job is to be inspired every day and one of the most enjoyable ways I do it is by having a supply of films handy. I make a point of watching at least one a day. Why does this work? I don’t know. What I do know is that it keeps the creative part of my mind active and engaged, especially when I have to get through the more mundane bits of my job. Give it a go, not everyone likes it but I love it.
Read a Book
For a quick injection of creative inspiration, try this. Pick up a book and spend 15 minutes sampling another person’s perspective, ideas and vision. When you read (and this is true of both fiction and non-fiction) you enter another world, one that has been entirely constructed for you. That can be extremely nourishing for your inspiration.
The Next Step
What is your favourite way to find inspiration? Do you have a trick for encouraging your creative side? Please share it with us all below.