Inspiration Comes Through Action

Have you ever needed to work on a project, complete a marketing piece or call a client that you haven’t talked to in a while and drug your feet because you just weren’t “feeling it”?

So, which comes first? The inspiration or the action? 

I have to admit that I have been there. It happens a lot when I’m outside of my comfort zone. I need to take action but I’m just not sure if now is the right time. I don’t have the perfect words to say or know exactly what to do.

It’s easy to get stuck in a cul de sac of indecision waiting for inspiration to strike. The reality is that it doesn’t work that way though.  You need to take action first.

Here are my 3 favorite ways to get into action when I’m feeling uninspired or unsure of what to do next:

  1. Set a timer for 15 minutes: Getting started is the hardest part because the project ahead seems so overwhelming. Set a timer to work for just 15 minutes…which is long enough to get the juices flowing but not such a big chunk that you get overwhelmed.
  2. Change the scenery: Whenever I am stuck on something and can’t figure it out, going for a walk is often exactly what I need. It gets me out of my “space” so that I can think more clearly.  Plus, there is something about moving around that helps me come up with new ideas.
  3. Just do it: This is especially helpful when I need to call someone that I haven’t talked to in a while and I don’t know what to say.  The reality is that sitting around and waiting for the perfect words doesn’t work. So…stop procrastinating, pick up the phone and make the call. The words will come as you are speaking.  Before you know it, you’ll will be done and able to move on.

What are your favorite ways to jump start inspiration when you are stuck?

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