What is inspiration
The Oxford Dictionary defines inspiration as: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Commonly we think of people being randomly struck by a flash of inspiration, so we see inspiration as a feeling that occurs almost by accident. However, as the start of that dictionary definition states, inspiration is a process. We become mentally stimulated (inspired) to do something. The key here, is to learn how to create that inspired state when we need to.
How to feel inspired
There is no single, set way to make every person feel inspired. That's because we are all different and are inspired by different things. You need to learn what works for you and one of the best ways to do this, is to think about what you were doing the last few times you felt inspired. Consider where you were and what you were doing, etc. Look for any common factors and incorporate these the next time you need some inspirational ideas or answers.
Here are just a tiny number of situations, which trigger creative inspiration:
Some people find inspiration in books.
Some find inspiration in music.
Some people are inspired when surrounded by nature.
Some people grab a pad and some colouring pencils and start doodling.
Some people become inspired to create, when an internal or external deadline approaches. This one is really interesting, because it shows how creative inspiration can indeed be self driven.
Some find inspiration through affirmations or positive self-talk.
Some find inspiration comes when they are doing some type of physical activity.
Some find inspiration in the design of an everyday item.
And others find all of the above work to a lesser or greater degree.
Inspired on purpose
As well as all being potential sources of inspiration, each of the scenarios above has another thing in common. Can you guess what it is?
They are all under our control!
That is to say, we can decide to take any of the actions above when we want to feel inspired. We don't need to wait to be struck by inspiration. We can find the things that work best for us, then build a strategy that uses them.