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Ways To Increase Your Inspiration

Are you doing your best to seek inspiration everywhere that you can? Does it feel like there might be something missing? Whether you’re a poet, graphic designer, or a rapper, you may have at one time experienced a block in creativity, as if there was nothing to fuel the paintbrush or pen in your hand.

We often wait for some sort of epiphany that will grant us some new understanding. It is human to desire such moving feelings that it drives one to create purpose, joy, love, and passion.

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There are numerous ways to get the creative flow back. Here are a couple of things that can help improve your creativity:

1. Learn Through Collaboration

If you are finding it difficult to get creative, consider collaborative learning. According to Andrew Ng, a former Google employee doesn’t believe that random flashes of genius are the key to innovation. He believes in a more systematic approach:

“In my own life, I found that whenever I wasn’t sure what to do next, I would go and learn a lot, read a lot, talk to experts. I don’t know how the human brain works but it’s almost magical: when you read enough or talk to enough experts when you have enough inputs, new ideas start appearing.”

Think about that the next time someone asks for your help with a project. Perhaps in helping a friend or family member with a project will give you that creative boost.

2. Do Something You Love

Are there just no ideas flowing? Proper balance in life is important to take note of so one’s creativity is not suffering.

Albert Einstein wrote some wise words for his son about the boy’s interest playing with the piano and getting lost in the art: do what you love.

“That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes,” the physicist wrote to his son. “I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal.”

Remember that love and creativity go hand-in-hand. Hobbies like a daily run and stamp collecting can help you fight off stress and give you a nice creative boost.

3. Unplug (Or Do Nothing)

Sometimes we just need to cut ourselves off or sit and ‘veg out’ (do nothing), giving us much-needed space. Alan Cohen said, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

You might have a ‘eureka’ moment as soon as you wake up from a night’s rest, or that great idea will pop into your head as your morning shower fogs up the bathroom mirror.

The next original idea may come during the weekend hike or a Friday afternoon shopping trip.

If the noise is too much, unplug and shut down the electronics you own. Kick your feet up and give yourself some downtime. Before you know it, your brain will be working its magic.

4. Walk

On average, a person sits anywhere from 7 to 15 hours of a 24 hour day. That’s insane, considering the potential health problems associated with sitting for too long.

According to research done at Stanford, walking is an excellent method for improving creative thinking. Further research showed that walking meetings helped people become more creative and engaged.

CEOs such as LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston regularly conduct business during walking meetings.

5. Set The Right Mood

Oftentimes, something as simple as setting the right mood can be enough to boost creativity. You can decorate what you consider your creative space, adding colors you love. Play some music while you’re at it and give your mood and creativity a boost in two different ways.

6. Ask for Advice or Feedback

Perhaps you’re stuck on an important part of the project and the lack of ideas is too much. There’s nothing wrong with stepping back and having a fresh pair eyes look for a solution.

It is not weakness to ask for help. Seek out the aid and advice of friends and family, and others. Even if the advice is not useful, their outside perspective may help spark creative thinking.

7. Pick a Terrible Idea

Forget the idea you’ve been working on for just a little bit. In your mind, what the worst idea that you or anyone might come up with? Write a list of bad ideas and then challenge yourself to find the good in all of them.

The good you find in these terrible ideas may be what is needed to fuel that creative spark.

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