Where Inspiration Comes From
You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
I’m that guy. I’m that guy in the car next to you with the headphones on. And on my iPod might be some dubstep – but that’s for when I’m working out. In the car, I’ve got eBooks and motivational speeches running through the wires.
You see, I don’t always have good things to write about. I’m not always beaming with delight over a topic. However, I’ve learned what helps to keep the creative spark alive. And in the end, I’ve had the chance to get to know myself and find what motivates and drives me so that I can give back and create a spark in someone else’s life.
When I’m running dry on inspiration, my first go-to is music. The subject of the piece I’m writing and the intended audience might invoke a feeling I’m going for, so I’ll put on some music in order to ‘feel’ that work into existence. Sometimes it’s the other way around, where some tune will bring a flood of ideas.
After music, my next go-to is motivational talks or speeches. Watching Nick Saban talk about the upcoming football camp, listening to Michael Jordan talk about how hard he had to work, or blasting some Eric Thomas gets the blood flowing and usually starts a fire under my butt. Of course, I’m a huge fan of Tony Robbins.
I also like to read books. I don’t read a lot of fiction because I’m always trying distill something from someone else’s life and see if I can apply it to my own. Works like Art of Non-Conformity, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Are You Ready To Succeed? and I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was help me to redefine my personal path to success.
My next step is to stay engaged in a small community of dreamers and doers – online and in real-life. I try to surround myself with people who are slowly plugging away at their craft so that they inspire me to put one foot in front of the other. There is a wonderful symbiotic relationship that happens when I’m around them – pushing each other higher.
Lastly, after all those steps of input, and if I still don’t have enough output, I rest. I take some time (usually I only require a few days) to not work on anything. I let all those wonderful ideas I’ve put in my head percolate and let the natural flow occur. Heck – that’s how this article came about!
So go out there into the world and take. Take and take and take so that you can give. And when you give, you will have completed the cycle and are able to start it all over again.
About the Author: Kenton Sefcik is a father, husband, Registered Acupuncturist, published author and martial artist. You can read more of his ramblings at Dark Wing Chun (posts as ctkwingchun) or visit his website Harbour Health.