Have you ever tried to start a cold car in the middle of a very cold winter? You hit the ignition, give it extra gas, and nothing happens. Whether you’re starting a new business endeavor, a new branding image, a new product, or even a new business proposition, you find that sometimes getting started is just as hard as starting a cold engine and even harder to keep the momentum going. No matter how hard you try to get something going, you just can’t find the spark (or turn on the fuel). You need an extra charge for the battery, a little push to boost you. You need something to warm you up, get the creative juices flowing, and give you ideas to work with. Let’s discuss some ways that can motivate you to shine in the spotlight and show the world what you’re capable of.
- No more excuses. It seems like there’s a common misconception that keeps a great many people from starting on a new project, using the excuse of “I have to wait until I get inspired”. I can’t tell you how many times, I myself, use this excuse when it comes to my writing or art projects. I discovered that the writing or artistic process itself is what creates that amazing, electrifying sense of “inspiration”. I discovered, through the process of my writing, that ideas inspire me, words inspire me, people inspire me, music inspires me, and the sense of creating something out of chaos of feelings inspire me. Instead of using the excuse that “I can’t write until I know what I’m going to say”, I trained my mind to think more like “I don’t know what I’m going to say until I begin to write”. Be honest with yourself. Why are you making excuses? Then, as you start this process, you’ll find that the beginning of your journey may offer you the inspiration that you need to continue down that path. So, don’t let your excuses prevent you from getting started on your journey.
- You have to start somewhere. “There’s a phrase in Buddhism, ‘Beginner’s mind.’ It’s wonderful to have a beginner’s mind.” – Steve Jobs. Imagine – where would Apple be without this leader’s mentality?
- Observe. Any medium that you work in, whether it’s in a creative arena, a technology, healthcare, or financial space, or even an online business, etc, not only captures the imagination, but it also hurl you deep into your own psyche. As I write, read, listen, look, feel, or touch, I watch for such icons, the gateway to the unconscious and its underlying wisdom in every whorl, beneath every surface…As you start on your project, use all your senses. It can be as simple as listening. Be aware of your surroundings. What ideas do they give you? Let your imagination run wild. It’s where creativity surfaces.
- Choose a mentor. Pick a leader that you may or may not personally know but who inspires you. Choose someone who has a great impact on the principles that you apply at work and at home. What lessons can you learn from them? The easiest way to find the lessons in them is to remember or note their words and actions. For example, take a famous quote like the one below and determine what you can learn from it. Doesn’t it inspire you to take action?
- Love what you do. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
What inspire you? What gets you going in the morning and what keeps you moving forward? I’d like to hear from you.