Being inspired is one of the most important parts of moving forward in life. Inspiration makes you work harder, helps you get more enjoyment from what you’re doing, and gives you the drive to accomplish your goals.
Unfortunately for us, we’re not given an infinite supply of inspiration, and when you’re running low it can feel like the most frustrating thing in the world.
If you’re looking for inspiration everywhere and just can’t seem to find it, here are five things you can try that can get the inspiration ball rolling and spark some of those ideas you’ve been waiting for.
Get some exercise
To paraphrase Legally Blonde, exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people are more inspired and motivated than unhappy people. It’s that simple.
Choosing to walk to work or your closest public transport instead of jumping straight in your car can be all it takes to stir up the inspiration you need. Even better, put on that active wear you have stored away and go for a run while listening to your favourite playlist. It will help, I promise.
Talk it out
Brainstorming with a complete outsider can do wonders. Whether you’re stuck on a project at work or just feel like the motivation you once had has slowly dwindled, talking about it with a family member or friend will help put things in perspective and spark some great ideas.
A fresh pair of eyes always see things more clearly and, even if they don’t, venting to someone might just give you the headspace you need to figure out your next move.
Take a break from technology
There are only so many times you can scroll through your Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook before your brain is so filled with pointless content that you have no room to think about anything else.
Taking a vacation from your phone and computer will give you the space you need to focus on the task at hand and the time to brainstorm your own ideas without the infinite distractions of social media, your email inbox, and your Netflix account.
Watch a TED talk
Switching on a TED talk instead of the new episode of your favourite show is one of the only ways you can watch TV while still actually achieving something.
There’s a TED talk on every topic, presented by people who have experienced the same mental block you’re going through now, and can offer seasoned advice for finding the inspiration you need at work or at home.
Make a list of your goals
Start with writing down everything you want to achieve today, giving yourself little tasks that are realistic for the time they take to complete. Then make a list for the rest of the week, then the month, then a list of all the things you want to achieve this year.
It’s not necessarily the list that does it (although seeing it written down does help), but the process of having to sit down and seriously think about your long-term goals can stir up the ideas you need to start achieving them.
Maybe you’ve been putting off starting the online course that will help advance your business, or talking to your boss about the promotion that will get you to where you want to be. Whatever it is, writing a list will give you the kick in the pants you need to keep moving forward.
Do you have a go-to trick for sparking inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by Penny Robinson-Brown