Inspiration is the state of mind that allows us to be highly creative, to come up with innovative solutions or to find an original solution to a new problem, so although we often relate it to the world of arts and crafts, it is relevant in many areas of life. . Of course, this phenomenon comes and goes, and we don’t always feel so inspired.
In this article we will talk about causes of lack of inspiration and what to do to feel inspired again.
What do we mean by inspiration?
We could define inspiration as a state that allows the subject to be creative or to find hitherto unanswered answers. In this way, we can observe inspiration in different areas or contexts. This quality makes it possible to find new, innovative solutions that until now the subject had not had a presence or had not valued; not only is it relevant in the art world.
This term is often used, particularly in the artistic field, such as painting, drawing, writing… it is a state and therefore fluctuates according to time and the situation. We will see that there are conditions which help to attain inspiration, while others will make it difficult to achieve it.
The causes that cause a lack of inspiration
So, we know that there can be different factors that influence our state of inspiration, for this reason when we find ourselves lacking ideas, creativity… In short, we lack inspiration. The best way to deal with this situation and find inspiration is to reflect on it. assess what is the cause of this decrease, this feeling of blockage, in order to be able to deal with it.
Let’s see what are some of the most common causes that can generate this lack of inspiration. These are very diverse and belong to different areas of the individual and the management of emotions.
1. Self-reinforced sense of emptiness
Feeling that we are emotionally “out of gas” is not a good idea. In this way, self-sabotage occurs where the subject’s own thought blocks inspiration, because we tend to be very harsh or pessimistic when it comes to evaluating what is going through our minds. It is the individual himself who makes it difficult and reduces the possibility of feeling inspired, since even if he is not aware of it, he has an interest in nourishing a tragic or sad account of what is happening to him, in make sense of the experience.
2. Panic to expose yourself
It is the fear of expressing oneself so that others can read, see, know our creation. In tasks related to creativity and expression and feelings, it is relatively common for authors to be terrified of this view, especially in their first steps: work is always part of us, a way of expressing what we feel, what we love, what scares us…
Thus, self-blocking can also occur out of embarrassment or reluctance to let people know or get to know us.
One of the most common reasons that we may not notice is fatigue itself. To be inspired you must be active and mentally awakebut at the same time not feeling how the focus is on the very experience of discomfort or exhaustion.
In this way, if we do not carry out a healthy routine (to keep the body in an optimal state and with energy), if we have not rested enough, our conditions may not be adequate to inspire us: this some interesting ideas may come to us from time to time, but we will get rid of it before trying to experience what it has brought us.
4. Stress at work
Stress at work can be due to many situations: a high demand for work, a very authoritarian and demanding boss, a bad relationship with colleagues, a bad working atmosphere… In short, these are factors which, in addition to mental fatigue , also create in you a situation of tension and discomfort which affects creativity. And it is that you will hardly be able to devote yourself to creative work if you are still in “alert mode” drawing your attention to possible signs that you have an emergency to deal with, that you need to start resolving accumulated responsibilities as soon as possible, etc.
It’s one thing to open your mind to inspiration and quite another to become very sensitive to any indication that you need to act quickly. to avoid hazards or risks at work.
5. Be very perfectionist
Wanting to do things right is usually good because it helps the subject to work hard and stay focused on the task. But one extremity of this tendency to perfectionism ceases to be functional, as the individual becomes inflexible and more exposed to the fear of failure, which paradoxically leads him not to dare to put his own ideas into practice. .
If the person is not able to begin to apply or develop a reactive idea, he will never consider it good enough.resulting in a state of blockage where the subject will not be able to move forward, hindering and thus preventing inspiration.
6. Bad Mood
When we aren’t mentally well, either because of some specific event that affects our mood, or simply because we don’t feel 100% with no apparent cause, that state of apathy, low mood, it affects our mental activity, it makes it less fluid. That is, emotional disorders are also related to cognitive disorders, leading to a decrease or lack of inspiration.
7. Being too rational or logical
A characteristic or ability related to inspiration is the flexibility that allows us to offer different alternativesraise different answers, which do not necessarily have to be the usual answers.
When we think very logically or rationally and pretend that everything is the same way, we are rigid, we only conceive of the problem or reality the same way, we don’t adapt to variation. This leads, as we have already mentioned, to a blockage and the impossibility of continuing to move forward, thus affecting the state of inspiration of the individual.
8. Lack of motivation
Low motivation arises when we are unwilling or undirected towards a goal or objective, either because we don’t know what destination we want to reach, or because the goal we have set is too abstract. This lack of motivation obviously affects our inspiration and our ability to create or achieve the expected result.
9. Lack of time
Lack of time to dedicate to the task also impairs our state of inspiration, either because other daily obligations do not allow us to do so, or because it is difficult for us to put on and stay focused on the task. activity.
To be inspired, it is necessary to organize our time well and dedicate at least a few minutes to the task or activity we want to do, because otherwise it is very difficult to connect images or ideas in our mind: there will always be something to take away to apply them to other responsibilities and activities.
How to Increase Inspiration
Now that we know some of the causes that can lead to a lack of inspiration, it is easier to understand what solutions or strategies can help improve our sensitivity to creation.
1. Deal with the situation
The fear of not making it perfect, of what others will think or of believing that all our ideas are false or worthless generates in us a refusal to act and thus avoid the situation. Corn the only way to find inspiration is to face the situation and pay attention to the task we want to do; if we don’t focus on it and just avoid it, it’s very difficult (if not impossible) for inspiration to arise, we don’t let it take place in our mind.
2. Cut the lock
If we spend time focusing on the same activity or goal and feel that we are not moving forward and feel more and more stuck, the best option is to stop for a longer or shorter time, to clear us up and revisit the task with greater motivation and other ideas in mindeasier to consider other perspectives.
3. Do another activity
While it may seem like a waste of time doing another activity is a waste of time, in fact, switching tasks can help us open our minds, unlock ourselves, and take a different perspective on things. The reason is that it will help us break away from the thought loops we have harbored by always thinking about the same things and the same objects and stimuli.; it is a way of “mixing” feelings, emotions and thoughts.
So, not only will it not slow us down, but it will help us break loose and move forward.
4. Find what motivates you
As we have seen, motivation is very important to keep us inspired. In this way, it is essential to select the tasks or subjects that we like and perform or focus on what we really like. Once we are emotionally connected to something that motivates us, new ideas will flow through us and we can use them for other things.
Even so, we know that not everything in life is so easy and that sometimes we have to perform tasks that we don’t entirely enjoy; in these cases, try to see small points or reasons in favor that motivate you, such as the purpose of this task, what you can accomplish, what the task involves, the feelings it brings to you, the signs you learned something that you considered difficult, etc.
5. Change the way you approach the activity
Another strategy that may also be helpful to you is to change the way you perform or plan the activity; with curiosity, The fact that we impose a limit on ourselves when it comes to solving a creative problem helps us have more ideas than if we had more options.
We may feel stagnant and uninspired, but there are different ways of approaching the task that can help us value and consider other perspectives, whatever we have used so far. So we can try to focus on another part of the activity, or use other topics and/or materials to start from.
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