INSPIRATION: Part II – How 2B Inspired…

Being inspired is an essential part of everything from problem solving to innovative design. But ideas can be hard to come by. Let’s review more thoughts on cultivating and incorporating inspiration into your life.

How To Be Inspired!

It’s a funny word, because we talk about inspiration happening. That it somehow appears as quickly and as dramatically as a lightening bolt. That inspiration is revealed when the clouds roll away and there right in front of us almost miraculously appears the idea or solution. But here’s the real truth. Inspiration is a process. Yes, like most protocols, inspiration is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Now, if the thought of classifying something as remarkable as inspiration dulls your enthusiasm, consider this – processes work because they focus on effectiveness. Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something. If it’s a process, this means you don’t have to wait for inspiration to strike. You can create environments to cultivate inspiration. The key then, is to learn how to create an inspired state when we need to.

Getting There

Inspiration comes in many forms and is as unique as we are individuals. For me it’s nature. I’m inspired by the power of nature: watching a storm blow in over the lake; the quiet of a winter snowfall; the sound of water. For others, it might be creative–something you do like writing or making music or something you experience like nature or sports. Or, is it seeing new places, disappearing into a book or movie? Think about what inspires you. What it involves are your senses. A feeling; a trigger set off by sight or sound. This makes sense because we are sensual human beings. When one is inspired, time seems to disappear. The senses are amplified. Inspiration is the roundhouse of what you know mixed with new information and experiences you receive. And there are things you can do to increase the likelihood of inspiration.

6 Tips for Finding Inspiration


1. Preparing the mind for an inspiration.

This involves being positive and celebrating small accomplishments. Why? This sets off a productive and creative cycle.

2. Awareness.

Be attuned to the world around you. This is an outward look; not centered on yourself. (Hello collaboration.)

3. Make a Move.

Cognitive behavioural therapy shows that our behavior affects how we think and feel. When we do different things, we feel different feelings. So get out of your office chair, go for a walk, or just sit outside, to both clear your mind and gather new sensory stimulation.

4. Live in a prolific mindset.

You may be an expert in your field but this doesn’t mean you’ve learned all you can learn. Be open-minded and develop an inspiration routine. Find what makes you inspired and dedicate a few hours a week to perspective-expanding activities: reading articles, attending events, travel, whatever works for you.

5. Network.

Spending time with new people, in new situations, puts you in touch with new ideas and insights. Diversity rules here too.

6. Take Action.

You may have dozens of ideas pop into you head all-day long — even when you’re sleeping. Action leads to reality. Once you begin to feel slightly inspired, start to do something with it. Do anything. You need to use it to get more.

Inspiration is within your capability.

Please don’t put pressure on yourself to be inspired at a moment’s notice. Inspiration is really a process, something that needs to be eased into. It involves relaxing the brain, removing pressures and allowing experiences to be. So take a breath, consider what you feel, see, smell and hear and see what happens. Inspiration is yours to have and use.