What Inspires You?

Woman sitting in chair, reading, and drinking a mocha.

What inspires you to take action? How do you prime the pump to take action rather than simply think about something? Priming the pump is an oldie, but a goodie about getting a start to create flow.

The chatter in your mind can keep you running around in circles. I often find myself thinking the same thing over and over and over again when I am stuck. That leads to inaction because I can’t figure out what the “right” next step should be. Notice the judgment there! What if “right” or “wrong” isn’t even part of the equation? The real question is, what would be an inspired action I could take?

How do you find inspiration? Sometimes I take my laptop to a coffee shop and drink a mocha while I write. I often have words fly off my fingers when I’m around other people. That’s a different experience than when I’m by myself, writing in my office. This might be a Life Energy thing, since I have Aliveness Life Energy.

You might find inspiration when you are doing something creative like playing music, painting, connecting with friends, or taking a walk. I include connecting with friends and taking a walk as part of creativity. Often it’s in those moments that inspiration will pop into your mind.

When you have those whispers of inspiration, do you listen and then act on them? Whispers often come in when you are doing something “mindless” like taking a shower or letting your mind wander. That reminds me of teachers saying, “Get your head out of the clouds!” What if having your head in the clouds is exactly where you find what inspires you?

What kind of action do you take when you hear those whispers? It might be the perfect time to reconnect with the person who popped into your mind. Maybe it’s time to write that proposal about a new way of managing a project. And, actually submit it! The whisper might be a reminder to notice how your Life Purpose aligns with your work, or doesn’t. How have you gotten off track?

Inspiration isn’t logical and it isn’t linear. Often we don’t give credence to something that seems to pop out of nowhere. Follow those ideas and see where they lead you. This week notice where your inspiration comes from. What inspires you to move forward in a way you haven’t thought of before? Where can you take risks, framing them as exploration without the fear of getting it “wrong”? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments below.

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4 Responses to What Inspires You?

  1. Manuel November 10, 2021 at 5:09 pm #

    Lately any inspiration I receive seems to come randomly when doing mundane tasks around the house. I make a regular habit of prayer in the morning and reading of the bible and many times I receive inspiration that way too.

    • Cindy Dove, Life Coach November 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm #

      Isn’t it interesting how doing those mundane tasks can lead to inspiration? I think it’s because our mind chatter quiets down and we are more open to what might arise. It sounds like you have several ways of tapping into receiving inspiration, good for you!

  2. Yvonne Malone November 10, 2021 at 9:29 pm #

    I definitely find inspiration doing something creative – whether that is sketching out a new embroidery or quilt design or actually stitching it. This time of year, taking long walks outside also provides much inspiration – I usually come home with leaves or interestingly shaped twigs that inform a new design. I am learning that not every sketch will become a finished piece – and that is perfectly fine. As you say, just exploring without the fear of getting it “wrong” is what is important.

    • Cindy Dove, Life Coach November 10, 2021 at 9:44 pm #

      I love that you are inspired by interestingly shaped twigs for your quilt and embroidery designs! You are listening to the whispers from nature. It’s wonderful that you take the time to fill yourself up by creating.