You and I, we both have different times when we’re in the zone and feeling inspired.
I’m in the zone right after I wake up and have had some freshly-squeezed juice.
But what do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? It’s easy to want to force it just so you can show your mind that you’re the one in control.
From my personal experience I’ve discovered that taking the form of water and going with the flow is where the least resistance is found.
Learning how to get inspired is almost an art in and of itself, at least it has been for me.
It’s about getting to know yourself and how your body, mind and soul work.
The best way to overcome feeling uninspired is to not write or produce anything at all, because it’ll usually not be anywhere near as good as it could be.
My personal strategy is to be proactive and take advantage of those times when I feel incredibly inspired, which usually means in the mornings.
I can easily write two or three posts each morning, but I like to keep it simple and write just one post daily. Sometimes I send these posts to other blogs and sometimes I save them as drafts on my blog for an inspiration recession.
5 Effective Tips on How to Get Inspired
Let’s be honest. There will come a time where you have to write something when you can’t seem to produce anything. In these instances, something special is required.
What personally gets me inspired and in the flow are the following five things:
1. Exercise. After some rigorous exercise my mind is always clear and calm. I’m feeling relaxed and after a shower all is well. I’ve noticed that my ideas seem to flow a lot better after exercise. I am almost able to recreate the amount of clarity I have in the morning. What kind of exercise am I talking about? Mainly something that gets your heart pumping, such as running, swimming or martial arts, but it can also be something like yoga, tai chi or anything along those lines. It all depends on who you are and how you’re wired.
2. Meditate. Meditation always works in getting me into the flow. I begin by focusing on my breath for 5-10 minutes. After that I start observing what it is that is blocking my inspiration from flowing freely. I usually find some fear that is causing the problem. I then observe the fear. I get curious and see where it takes me. When you allow the fear to be there, it usually fades away. At this point I go back into breathing until I feel clear, centered and calm. This helps lift my mood and bring back clarity.
3. EFT. I like to use Emotional Freedom Techniques in conjunction with meditation, because it enhances the effect it has. You can also use EFT alone and focus on the feeling of not feeling inspired and not being able to do what you want to do. As you keep working on the issue, you will notice other thoughts pop up. These may be fears, concerns, worries or anxieties. Work on them until you feel like you’re done.
4. Inspiration. The best source for inspiration is inspiration. Mindblowingly simple, isn’t it? What or who inspires you the most? Check out inspirational speeches, listen to inspirational music, watch an inspirational movie or do whatever uplifts you and gets you in the right mood.
5. Massage. Getting a light massage always makes me feel good, but if I go for an intense, full-body massage I come out too relaxed and want to take a nap, so there are lines you cannot cross if you want to be able to stay awake.
Most of my friends and family would probably say I’m impatient. Most of the time I benefit from it because I can channel my impatience into taking action, but where it hurts me is when I feel uninspired but want to force myself to produce something.
If you aren’t feeling inspired, the best thing you can do is take a step back and go do something else. Try the four tips above and I’ll guarantee that you’ll see a difference in how you feel.