If you’re feeling stuck and uninspired, take comfort in the fact that it happens to everyone from time to time. Don’t worry, though, you can get out of this slump. Start by setting a clear goal, whether you want to write a story, paint a picture, or work though a problem. Find inspiration from things in your life, and learn to be open to that inspiration. Clear your mind so you can take that inspiration and turn it into steps to meet your goal.
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda
Though it can look different for all of us, I suspect this is the feeling we wait for in life: a sense that there’s boundless beauty out there, and we have the capacity to feel, channel, explore, and express it.
We all want to feel moved, and then to use that to create love, joy, passion, and purpose.
If you’ve been feeling stuck or uninspired, these ideas may help you find inspiration:
Find Inspiration in Nature
- Go for a walk in nature, practice mindfulness, and lose track of time for a while.
- Meditate or practice yoga in a nearby park.
- Watch children playing at the parkthen make a point to carry their spirit with you throughout the day.
- Watch your cat or dog in nature and try to emulate your pet’s mindfulness and playfulness.
- Take a camera outside and photograph everything that looks beautiful to you.
- Practice deep breathing while listening to nature sounds.
- Draw or paint a scene outside your window.
- Watch Planet Earth DVDs to experience beauty of the oceans, forests, jungles, Great Plains, and caves.
- Get lost in nature photos online.
- Spend some time contemplating nature-based art.
Find Inspiration on the Web
- Watch a TED video to learn about inspiring ideas.
- Search for tweets with the hashtag #inspiration using the Twitter search functionality.
- Post an inspiring video, like Validation or The Tutu Project. Then be an active part of the conversation in the comments.
- Read blogs written by people who have overcome adversity.
- Join a forum of people who can relate to your challenges.
- Browse through inspirational quotes on Tiny Buddha.
- Share yourself vulnerably and authentically in a blog post—give inspiration to receive it.
- Learn about ways to change the world through social media.
- Watch 40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes.
- Search Facebook for new inspirational pages to follow.
Find Inspiration in Possibilities
- Try something you’ve always assumed you can’t do but secretly wanted to try.
- Teach someone to do something and tap into your potential as a leader.
- Immerse yourself in learning something new and allow yourself to forget about the limitations of time.
- Write a bucket list of all the things you’d like to do in your lifetime.
- Create a vision board with pictures of all of those things.
- Brainstorm for ideas for a new project.
- Think about the challenges you face and identify possibly solutions.
- Submit your resume for a dream job instead of assuming you can’t get it.
- Attend a conference or retreat to connect with like-minded people.
- Read 50 Ways to Open Your World to New Possibilities and pick one to try today.
Find Inspiration in People
- Ask someone you love what they consider to be the most important thing they’ve ever learned.
- Ask everyone you see today what they’re grateful for.
- Ask someone to tell you about the thing they love the most in life, and watch how they light up sharing their passion.
- Ask your parents to tell you what you were like as a child,and remember what mattered to you then.
- Notice what matters to someone and focus solely on how they experience it.
- Join an organization of people making a positive difference in the world.
- Read an autobiography by someone who has marched to the beat of their own drummer.
- Listen to music that moves you and think about what the songwriter felt when s/he wrote it.
- Make a list of all the ways your friends and family members are your heroes.Odds are, there’s a lot of inspiration around you already.
- Spend time with children and see the world through their eyes.
Find Inspiration in Yourself
- Disconnect for a while and write in a journal.
- Make today the day you embrace a new healthy habit that can change your life for the better.
- Give yourself a pressure-free day with nothing to do except the things you enjoy.
- Try something new and revel in the sensation of stretching beyond your comfort zone.
- Express yourself creatively in a way you never have before, by sculpting, for example, and see what comes in your mind and heart.
- Enjoy something you created in the past—a blog post, a video, a drawing, or a project.
- Sing in the shower.Put your heart into and release your feelings through music.
- Recognize in yourself the strengths you see in other people.
- Make a conscious decision to let goof something that doesn’t serve you.
- Reflect on everything you’ve learned and accomplished and how you’ve made a positive difference in the world.