Each of us finds inspiration in our own way. Some find it pouring over the pages of a glossy food magazine; some find it walking along the beach; others find their inspiration among friends. However you find inspiration, it’s oh-so-important to keep that spark of inspiration bright when striving for your Best Day Ever.
For me, I find inspiration in family, craft projects (especially with toddlers), baking, friends, hiking, and reading. I read 55 books a year, plus am always perusing Next Issue (the “Netflix for magazines”). I read a lot and draw equal amounts of inspiration and relaxation from the practice.
Getting inspired is really about taking time for yourself – nurturing your interests; caring for your body; and finding time to reflect. It’s what Stephen Covey calls Sharpen the Saw in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
But what if you seem to have lost your inspiration? How can you get it back? Here are five ideas to help you rekindle your spark.
Get a library card: I know some people who haven’t set foot in a library since they were a kid, but today’s libraries are a wealth of inspiration! Not only can you find a book (or e-book) to broaden your personal development, you can browse magazines for your next crafting project, check out DVDs to educate and entertain, and even download music to lift your spirits. Most libraries even have books on tape to check out so you can listen on the go.
Get connected: We all need that human connection and joining a networking group can connect us to people who inspire and motivate us. I’ve benefited greatly from a local group of Mastermind Group of women entrepreneurs who have helped me take my business to where it is today. Even if you think you are an introvert, the synergy from networking with like-minded folks from your industry or another interest can generate the juice you need to accomplish your next goal. If business networking isn’t your thing try a fitness class, a mom’s group or volunteer for a nonprofit.
Get creative: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is by now what you might consider a classic in creative inspiration. Filled with exercises to stoke your creative fire – from writing to drawing to going to movies – over the course of 12 weeks. I love this book because it engages the reader in activities. We can’t create without doing, and this book requires action. Or sign up for a monthly craft DIY box. There are a lot of them here.
Get your sweat on: Moving is an ideal way to shake things up! I get some of my best ideas when I’m on the move. Whether it’s a walk with a friend, a hard-core workout at the gym, or gentle yoga to wind down and reflect at day’s end, getting out of your seat and out of your routine will allow your mind space to work on its next spark of inspiration.
Volunteer: If you already volunteer your time or have in the past, then you are familiar with those feel good vibes. There’s no denying that it feels good to give your time helping others. But there’s more to it than that. Studies show that it’s physically good for you as well. It can help lower your blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety. You can also find new meaning, importance, and direction by helping the lives of others.
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