Inspiration is a wondrous thing. On days when I am uninspired, I feel lethargic and I simply cannot come up with any idea to save my life. But on days when I am inspired, my energy levels are high and ideas just flow without effort. I believe that inspiration is all around us. We can be inspired from a variety of sources if we look for it. The more sources we have, the more we will be inspired. They key to inspiration is diversification. This way, if one source fails, we have others to back it up. And so, without further ado, here are my nine sources of inspiration.
Collect Inspirational Quotes
Quotes are a great way to gain inspiration. Whenever I come across a quote that inspires me, I make sure to take it down for future reference. I am sure you have your own quotes that inspire you, but since we are on this point, let me share some of mine.
Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
-Henry David Thoreau
Place Inspirational Reminders Strategically
Another way to find inspiration is to have reminders around you. For instance, I always make sure that my desktop wallpaper inspires me. If I find myself no longer inspired by it, I will replace it with a new one. I also enjoy having little figurines that inspire me on my desk. Right now, they are Yoda, Darth Vader and Bender from Futurama. Whatever it is that inspires you, place them near you to stay inspired.
Reading is one of my favourite ways to get inspired. Take biographies for example. They are full of ideas, lessons and inspiration from the lives of others. Read the biography of someone you admire and you are likely to gain much inspiration from the book. Apart from biographies, I love to read history, self-help, fiction and comics. I specifically like to read epic stories. Books or comics that tell stories about epic struggles always inspire me. The great odds that the heroes have to overcome help to lift my spirits. When it comes to reading, it is best to try the new, rather than sticking to the tried and true. Branch out into new territories to gain new insights and inspirations.
Find Inspiring Role Models
Role models or heroes have always been a part of my life. I always had great fun picking and choosing role models who could inspire me to be more than I am. As I got older, I began choosing role models for the qualities that I felt I lacked. By doing so, I slowly acquired those qualities by following the example of my role models.
You can choose any role model you desire. They could be real or fictional, historical or living. It is up to you. The important thing is that the role model you choose should inspire you. It is ok to have more than one role model. That way, each one may embody different qualities that you like. I have many role models but I shall just list a few.
Living: Queen Rania of Jordan
Let Children Inspire You
Have you ever watched children at play? Do you remember what it was like to play without a care in the world when you were a child? Let children inspire you with their play. Whether you like or dislike kids, whether you have or do not have kids, you were once a kid yourself. You once had a childhood and moments where you viewed the world with innocence. Let go of the burdens you carry for a moment as an adult. Relive that innocence through the eyes of children playing and be inspired.
Nurture Inspirational Company
The company you keep in life is very important. People with a positive worldview can lift your spirits with their energy and ideas. Meanwhile negative people may drain you of your very life. Therefore, it is vital to surround yourself with people who inspire you. Nurture and mingle with good company. You are likelier to find inspiration this way.
Learn Something New
Pick up a new skill or hobby. Whenever you learn something new, you open up new vistas and horizons for yourself. You unleash a part of your potential that you never used before. Never again will you see the world in the same way again. With your new skills and talents, you will appreciate the world from a different point of view and be inspired. It also helps if it is something you always wanted to do so you have fun in the process. Have fun to have inspiration!
Keep Up With Ideas
Inspiration cannot exist in a vacuum. If you read or see the same thing repeatedly, very soon it will not even register for you because your mind becomes bored. We need to feed our minds with new ideas and perspectives to stay inspired. One way to do this is to stay up to date with the ideas of others. Here are some of the sites I visit to get ideas and inspiration.
Watch Inspirational Videos
You Tube is a great place to find inspirational videos to watch. The following are just some of the videos that have inspired me.
We all have our own unique ways of being inspired. What do you do to get inspiration? What other sources of inspiration do you have that I have missed out? Do share your thoughts and comments below so that we can all be inspired together.