There are plenty of websites, books, audio recordings and seminars that are available in order to get inspired. There is no single formula for getting inspired. To get inspired is a personal choice and depends on the individual taste. Like anybody else, I too need constant inspiration(s) to do things. Some aspects are situational, that are bounded by the life we lead and the way it is presented any given point. Rest, i go looking for something to do! However, without any bias, each person at some point in time needs inspiration and here again we interpret this word in different ways.
Are we running short of ideas? Do we lack the spark which we previously possessed? Are we in look out for a change? How can we tackle the same problem with a different approach? How do we seek clarity from a clouded problem? How do we face our fears? How do we accept and manage our responsibilities? How to do just about anything for the first time and carry on doing?
There are many more questions one can ask and one of the key solutions is to get ‘inspired’. The best part of getting inspired is that, it has no set patterns. The same story narrated by a adventurer to a large audience can be interpreted in many different ways and in turn get inspired or discouraged, entirely based upon an individual’s interpretation and application skills. This is the beauty of creativity – same idea when executed by different people results in different scenarios, products…
“Inspiration to me is… anything that ticks me to take a particular decision, perform a set of actions or even think about getting to a destination – it is a journey of thoughts mixed with choices and actions”.
WHAT DO I LOOK FOR
a. The first and foremost I look is for a situation that needs intervention, a sort of inspiration which would help me take up in order to resolve. Parallely ask, why do I need to resolve? I need not sit in one place and keep pondering. Just wanting to resolve will present ways.
b. Why do I need to get inspired? I peg myself constantly with this question until I am satisfied with the explanation. Often, this answer sets the foundation for future elements. This exercise itself has inspired me many times to just take that hesitant first step. One can call it ‘introspection’ or ‘mindful thinking’ instead of just clocking in hours and then feel.. ‘what am i doing’? This helps me to be more aware of myself and have an opinion on my choices.
c. Being open-minded while absorbing the inspiration. I believe this is one of the tough things to endure. It is natural to immediately relate any external talks, solutions to our problems. Though it is difficult, I try to be as open-minded as possible! But again, I try!
d. Feel the situation from my point of view. It gets to me to a zone where, within me there is this large pool of untapped thoughts that serves as inspiration. That is how I get inspired impromptu, i.e. a simple act done at a random hour, a regular task performed differently, or even an unrelated business or a task can act as a source of inspiration.
e. And lastly, the process of inspiration has two points. The start and the end (or in some cases, the end is never unless we deliberately put an end to it). I look for the journey from start to finish. This journey gives me a perspective and therefore some sort of inspiration to keep it going, which I may not apply directly – but it all goes into my conscious bank. However, the lesson learnt is the fact that, I undertook many tasks and most of it I went on to fulfil them while few I gave up at different stages of the pursuit. To me, all these serves as sources of inspiration: How to do and how not to do.
To sum it up, getting inspired is a wonderful process. At this moment, unconsciously, subconsciously our body, mind and soul is getting inspired. Take a time out occasionally and live this chain of events that unfold in you – and you will be surprised to witness, inspiration is nothing but an exchange of experiences, of any kind.