So, I just did the dishes, completed an on-line survey for a furniture store, browsed FaceBook … came back and looked at my blank screen again …
Most weeks I can’t wait to sit down and write, I have something waiting to get out. What do we do in those times when we want to get inspired and nothing’s happening?
What are the elements that go in to inspiration and why is it relevant to our lives?
At least 99% of you reading this have plenty to do and no shortage of things waiting for your attention. When you ask most people how it has been going you will hear “busy” as part of their answer.
Culturally it has become our normal to be busy and there is a subtle expectation of “brownie points” for being busy.
Busy usually equals reactive!
We don’t need inspiration for busy.
It is in those times when we can remove distraction and allow ourselves time to dream, think, read, write, walk, etc. that fresh ideas flow more easily. There is an interesting fact that many problems are solved and many great ideas and solutions come when we are on the edge of sleep or relaxed doing something else.
Most of the work we need to do does not require inspiration but some of the absolute best work we will ever do is born out of inspiration.
So, how do we put ourselves in to a place where inspiration can happen?
There are some standard things that we know encourage inspiration:
- Natural beauty
- Great music
Being intentional about allowing for and encouraging times of inspiration is critical.
This might look like a journal or notes in your phone. Before heading in to a strategic thinking time, assign a specific topic to it. When we do this well ahead of time the creative juices start flowing before we even get to that time.
Look back in your calendar to see when a good time might be, a time least likely to be required for something else.
Either remove distractions or remove yourself from your distractions.Transition your mind to a more creative space using music, art, etc. Grab a drink that tells your brain it’s a more relaxed time. (Sometimes a creative, ‘mindless’ activity like shaping play dough can trigger ideas.)
What areas in your life or work do you want inspiration on?
I love this Steve Jobs quote -
What if you embraced your Strategy times with this attitude?
Until next week,
Marilyn Orr, MA, CEC, PCC is an Executive and Leadership Coach with Capacity Building Coaching, holding her Professional Certified Coach designation with the International Coach Federation.
Marilyn provides professional coaching for executive and business leaders, mentor coaching for coaches, and leadership development support in the form of coaching skills training and soft-skills development.
Marilyn is author of everyday resiliency workbook “How Absorbent Are Your Shocks?”, available on Amazon. Subscribe to “Marilyn’s Musings” twice monthly blogposts for more leadership and professional development content.