HOW TO GET INSPIRED AND STAY IN THE FLOW

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Motivational slumps can hit anyone, at any time. It’s frustrating at best, and can cause some pretty significant delays in productivity and problem-solving. Here are few tips on how to get inspired:-

1. Acknowledge that motivation has rhythms just like your body, like the day, like the seasons, like the years… You can’t always feel energized and ready to take on the world with brilliant ideas and massive action. Sometimes you need to pull back, rest, recharge your batteries and then get back to it. Tell yourself it’s okay to not be inspired all the time. Go for a walk. Most of all, relax! Don’t stress about it or you’ll block creativity.

2. Use other goals or projects to inspire creativity (past projects work excellently for this, too). Play some mind games with yourself; see if you can make any connections between seemingly unrelated activities. Are there approaches that work for both? Can the way you tackle one task be applied to a completely different task? What did you do to overcome obstacles in past projects?

3. Narrow your focus. Lack of inspiration can result from overwhelm. It’s difficult to clear your mind and open up to inspiration when your mind is busy ticking off items on your to-do list, thinking ahead to the next thing, etc. Prioritize what you have to do, choose the most important AND urgent items and put your energies there. The urgent-but-unimportant and important-but-not urgent things can wait; don’t even bother with the unimportant and not urgent stuff.

4. Quiet your mind. Meditation relaxes you, relieves stress, and helps clear the mental cobwebs, especially when you’re super busy and overwhelmed. Learn how using the Silva Method; and take this time to open your mind to the marvelous ideas and inspirations that are waiting for you! Most of your inspiration is within you and it’s simply blocked by having too busy of a mind. Imagine a pool of water. If there’s a lot of turbulence on the surface, you can’t see the goldfish below the surface. The surface has to be calm in order to get a good look at the goldfish!

5. Get inspired by others who have achieved something you think is cool. Whether or not that person has achieved anything even remotely similar to what you’re doing, you may find just the technique, mindset, ideas or information that you need at that moment.

6. Get excited about what you’re trying to accomplish. Hmmm…. how to get excited about something that you’re not excited about (hence the motivational slump?). Make a list of the ways your goal will enrich your life. Then make a list of how that goal will enrich other people’s lives. Then start talking about your goal, and its many benefits. Talk to lots of people. Speak with enthusiasm and watch them get fired up about it. Let their enthusiasm fuel your fire even more.

7. Set a deadline. Surprisingly, having a deadline looming over your head inspires you like few things can. Whether it’s a real deadline or completely arbitrary, set one and stick to it. Many a brilliant achievement sat idle until the night before…

8. Chunk it. Any goal, no matter what it is, can be overwhelming (have you ever opened the garage door with the intention of cleaning it out… and then quickly shut it after a brief look at the chaos?). If you break it down, or chunk it, into very small manageable steps, you’ll be more motivated to actually get up and do something. Part of this is remembering the 80/20 rule, which states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions. Identify those, and do them first thing before you do anything else. That builds momentum, and momentum builds inspiration.

9. Get help. Talking things out, asking for ideas, brainstorming and working on something together all help stimulate creativity, motivation and even inspiration. This also helps you from being too overwhelmed with the big picture since you don’t have to “do it all.”

10. Get to work! Get your creative juices flowing, no matter how stuck you feel. Whatever your project is, get working on it. Artists, designers, architects, writers and musicians (and all other creative types) know that you could be in the worst sort of inspirational slump, slogging along completely not enjoying what you’re doing and then suddenly, “it” hits you…

11. Stick with it! Putting a project aside for a short time to recharge your batteries is one thing… dropping the project altogether is something else. When you go to recharge, give yourself no more than a day, if that (if you are able). Do not give up. Even if your inspiration doesn’t hit today, or tomorrow, or the next week, you’re not going to achieve anything by waiting. Don’t allow frustration to overwhelm you. Sometimes, the process is slow. Let it be slow. Enjoy the journey.

12. Focus on the little things. Looking at the big picture can bring inspiration, but don’t forget the little things. See the details. See the small delights. Allow the tiniest of successes motivate you!

13. Shift your perspective. Imagine you are enormous, far, far larger than your project or problem. Use the Silva visualization exercises to imagine yourself physically, mentally and spiritually larger than this thing. What can you see from “up there”? And then, imagine you’re tiny, so tiny that you can see the tiniest details as though they were life-sized. Have fun with this. There’s no room for being serious when you’re blowing yourself up huge or shrinking yourself tiny. It’s all about seeing what you are looking at, from a different point of view.

14. Monitor your self-talk. Watch how you talk to yourself! If your self-talk is negative and self-defeating, you shut the door on inspiration.

15. Relax. Let inspiration come… while you are busy doing something else. Inspiration is about allowing, not forcing. That doesn’t mean “do nothing and wait for inspiration to drop out of the sky.” Step back from the thing you’re stuck on, go do something else and let inspiration come.

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