Why is Inspiration so Hard to Find?

Many of us find it hard to find inspiration. We may be looking for inspiration for all sorts of reasons, but we can’t always find it when we want it. Sometimes finding your creative source can seem like a wisp of smoke that you are constantly chasing, but never quite catch.

Why Do We Need Inspiration?

Many people need to be inspired in order to achieve what they want to do in life. If you are a writer then you are constantly seeking your muse so that you can turn your written words into a living, breathing narrative; you may need to write an article for work; you may want to make-over the decoration of your home but don’t know where to start; you may want a dream holiday but don’t know which destination to pick; or you may want to be motivated to lose weight, start exercising, change your job, start your own business or take your existing business to the next level.

Why Does Inspiration Elude Us?

These are some of the many, many reasons why people seek inspiration, but why can’t they find it? This is because daily life gets in the way. Many people feel that they are on a treadmill; going about their daily tasks, worrying about getting things done, pleasing their boss, keeping their home clean and organised, keeping their spouse or children happy, earning enough money to pay the bills.

Where is the room for inspiration in all of this? It’s no wonder that when many people are faced with a task that requires some imagination and a little bit of emotional stimulation, they feel at a loss.

Release Your Inner Genius

In order to find your creative spark you need to take a step back from the daily grind. Take some time out of your day to go for a walk, look at a book or website of inspirational photos, play with your children, sit quietly in a room and let your mind go blank. Go into your garden for five minutes and look up at the sky. Count how many shades of blue there are in the sky, watch the clouds moving across overhead and study their shapes. Pick up a leaf and trace the patterns on it; notice the shape of it and how many different shades of green it contains; observe whether it feels rough or smooth.

Find Your Inner Calm

It’s amazing how effective some quiet time is in calming the mind, and releasing that inner creativity and inspiration that we all possess. We all have it inside us, but we are blocking it by filling up our minds with thousands of random thoughts that are to do with our daily lives. This type of short-term thinking gets things done on a day to day basis, but completely thwarts our capacity to think, to shift out of our mental rut, and to imagine.

We all feel better after a holiday and this is because we remove ourself from our daily routine. Routine kills inspiration.On holiday we physically and mentally go to a different place and this relaxes our mind and enables our thoughts to branch out in new ways. How many of us come back from a holiday or a Christmas break with a new idea, a new perspective, an inner calm or with a decision made to take a new direction in our lives?

Seek and You Shall Find

We can’t go on holiday every time we need inspiration but we can take a day, an hour or even five minutes off and do something different. Something that focuses our mind away from the daily minutiae of our lives. Just five minutes a day of looking at some beautiful scenery, sitting quietly and thinking, or going for a short walk can be an emotional catalyst.

So don’t waste time complaining that you need inspiration and can’t find it. It is all around us and within us. We just need to open our eyes and our minds and tap into it.

Your Inspiration

What do you think stops you from feeling inspired and blocks your creative thought processes? Is it the rat race? Living in the city? The stresses of family life? Or just a feeling of being unfulfilled? Tell us below.

Author: Lynne Mashhadi

Lynne Mashhadi is co-Founder of the Inspiration Zone. She is also a Partner in Design Inspiration and the Founder of Clutter.co.uk. Lynne is an experienced writer and content curator. She is known as The Clutter Expert by many people and as a talented freelance writer by others. She is a businesswoman and mother of 3 children who wouldn't like to be called children any more.

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