What is inspiration and how do you wrangle it to propel your blogging efforts forward in a more purposeful manner?
Being that I’ve been a musician myself for 25 years, I’ve had a few experiences with inspiration and I can tell you inspiration seemed all too very random in the early years. Today I have a different perspective.
Here are a few definitions of inspiration:
1. The action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.
2. The stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
Stimulation was the key word I began to pick up on. Would it benefit you as a blogger to move your intellect, stimulate your mind, or power your emotions purposefully to a higher level?
- What could be possible if this was so?
- How could you accomplish it while experiencing feelings of fulfillment?
- How much more fun could you have in the process of doing it?
Here are a few of my suggestions, and tools to assist in nurturing your blogging inspiration purposely.
1. Seed Your Inspiration
Knowing your mission or what you stand for can act the seed of your inspiration. This becomes a huge resource in purposely cultivating ongoing inspiration for your blog.
For example, ask yourself some these questions to gain clarity on your mission and what you stand for currently:
- What exactly is it that I stand for?
- What is the message that I want to convey?
- What is the emotional payoff I’m looking to experience in the process?
- What is the end result that I’m looking for?
- How will I know I’ve experienced it?
One good way to either find or clarify your mission and tap into inspiration is to sit down and ask yourself, “What major life experiences have I had and overcome that I have intimate knowledge of?”
I can tell your readers need of support, solutions, and the ability to connect. They are looking for someone who gets where they are and can communicate solutions with compassion.
If it’s something you’ve experienced and successfully overcome, there’s a good chance you can be passionate on the subject.
Inspiration isn’t hard to tap into continuously when you have obtained clarity on your mission and you’re passionate about that mission.
To know your mission and be passionate about your topic means don’t try and be everything to everybody. Just write or blog in the unique voice that the one somebody resonates with. You’ll know what that is because it feels right.
Those readers will be inspired to action by your why you do it more than by what you do. Because your words, actions and thoughts are all in alignment with your mission you’ll have a hell of a lot more fun doing it. That’s inspiring.
2. Be Prepared for Inspiration
Now this one may sound woo woo but I assure you it’s not.
Once I got clear on my mission to inspire others to focus on self exploration and optimization, I found stuff just flowed through me. I found ideas, concepts, and content just popped up all the time.
I could be having a conversation with someone on something off topic, and something they would say would trigger an idea, blog post, or product concept.
I’m prepared for inspiration at all times of the day now (or night) because I know it can happen instantly and be triggered by just about anything.
- I carry 3×5 cards around with me everywhere I go to write down ideas.
- I record either melodies, concepts, or ideas into my iPhone (yes, I’m still a musician).
- I copy and save blog comments that I make on other blogs for re-purposing.
So in one way I expect and am open to receive inspiration, but I don’t force it.
By just being prepared for inspiration to come to me, I can allow myself to let go and be open to receiving it.
3. Becoming Aware of Inspirational Triggers
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung
Once you are clear on your mission and you begin to track / record your inspirational moments, because you prepared for them, you’ll become aware of times and experiences that trigger your inspiration the most.
The two most purposeful times of the day inspiration comes to me is first thing in the morning when I’m in a state of just becoming awake and in the shower.
In the morning I’m not quite asleep and I’m not quite awake either. This is a time when I’m able to tap into some of my best ideas and solutions. For that reason I always have my 3×5 cards on my night stand so I can immediately write down whatever came to me, otherwise I’ll forget.
No 3×5 cards in the shower, however. I am prepared to either speak into the iPhone or immediately dry off and write down the ideas.
- Watching a Movie
- Listening to Music
- Mastermind Group Discussions
- Being In Nature
- Exercising (Running)
Quite frankly, because I’m tapped into my mission with a lot of clarity, I get inspiring ideas from all of the above.
Sometimes my inspiration triggers melodies and lyrics, blog post topics and, lately, information products.
Inspiration Is Unique To Everyone
This isn’t a comprehensive concept of inspiration, but just a few tools that I use to tap into inspiration in a more purposeful manner. I’ve found that not only certain environments trigger inspiration but smells, touch, and being in the company of certain relationships fire it off too.
Inspiration can serve many of us as tool, and it doesn’t have to always be hap hazard event or completely miscalculated occurrence.
Now share with me any other ways you find inspiration more purposefully.
Your Blogging Inspiration
Do you already know when you feel inspired most? What have you noticed triggers your inspirational juices? Are you always prepared to record these inspirations to make the most out of your blogging experience?