Recently it seems like myself, my husband and some of my friends have been going through a metamorphosis of sorts. The past few years we’ve all been a bit uninspired, and not as driven to our dreams and hobbies as we once were. It seems odd to say that it takes work to be inspired. We tend to think of inspiration as something that just strikes us and magically gives us drive to work on our dreams and hobbies. The one thing powerful enough to snuff out inspiration is fear. Fear that our goals are unrealistic, or that we aren’t good enough. The thing is though, we can never hope to achieve anything by being too scared to push ourselves forward.
The most important thing to remember when you are frustrated is that nobody starts off perfect. You will eventually be good at whatever it is you want to do if you keep at it. The second most important thing when you are frustrated about lack of inspiration is to keep your focus on what you want to do and set goals for yourself.
for the sake of keeping this easy, I’m going to call our dreams, hobbies, ambitions, goals, what-have-you — “interests”.
Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts of people talking about your interests can really ramp up your inspiration. Honestly, keeping your interest on your radar, and listening to things about it keeps your heart in it. You can listen to podcasts about people who’ve started from nothing and made their way to success. Listen to podcasts of people who are just starting out and are learning along the way. You can listen to podcasts of people who are just genuinely doing it for a good time. Whatever it is there are podcasts out there for it.
Books are always fantastic resources. People can talk about their experiences working their way up, or teach things that you’ve been unable to do. Maybe there is a workaround for something that’s been keeping you in a rut. There are books full of info that people want to share with you, all you have to do is look. Or read books that inspire you, or reread books that have inspired you in the past. Something about those books set off a spark in you, and maybe it’s still there.
Watch Youtube Videos
With Youtube, you can watch all sorts of things that I mentioned in the podcast section, but you can also watch processes. You can watch and learn techniques and tutorials. There are surely even playlists of videos that are good for exactly the thing that you are interested in. In fact, there are probably even videos on how to reignite your passion for it.
Look For Role Models, Then Look Where They Started
Nobody starts off amazing. There are photographers, artists, sculptors, writers, dancers, singers… you name it, who have had less than stellar starts. Take a look at where they were 5 or 10 years ago, and look where they are now. Maybe where they were 5 years ago looked great to you, but it looked like trash to them, and now they are further than ever.
Is there someone that you look up to? Someone that follows their passion in your interests the way that you wish you did? Ask them! Maybe they won’t reply, but maybe they will. There is absolutely no harm in it. I find lots of people are really excited to help out, and want to help people achieve their dreams and goals. You can email them, tweet them, send a dm on whatever social media platform they use… absolutely no harm in asking. Sometimes you might even find that people will have a FAQ because there are lots of people who want to follow their dreams. I almost guarantee you that at some point these people were in a rut and needed a little boost too.
Work On It and Keep to a Schedule
One thing I’ve found that is keeping me inspired is keeping at it. If you just toss your dreams on the back burner, nothing is going to magically come your way. The more you do it the more inspired you are. When you think about your interests regularly, your brain doesn’t sort it into the “mmm maybe later” category, it goes “OH YOU KNOW WHAT???!” and you get excited about it again. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired from working all day, if your interest is what you want to do- you will make time for it, even if it’s just 10 minutes. You need to change the way you think about your interests, think about how you really want to be able to do them. And you ALWAYS make time for the things you want to do.
Breaking Down Your Goals
It helps inspiration when things seem attainable. So, if you jot down your goals, and make mini goals, you’re more likely to not get overwhelmed with the idea of even starting something.
Do you have any ways to bring back your drive and inspiration? What works for you? What are your dreams and goals? I’d love to hear them in the comments!!