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Self-Improvement

How To Stay Creatively Inspired

How To Stay Creatively Inspired

 

When you decide to work as a creative entrepreneur, staying creative is incredibly important. Producing content, such as blog posts or articles, designing your own products, styling your website and many other daily activities demand that we stay focused on the creative side of our businesses. But where do you find inspiration from, and how do you cultivate this creative mindset on a regular basis?

Here are some suggestions, that I use in order to stay creative:

1. Write in a journal.
May it be to vent a stressful situation that keeps my mind focused of the tasks ahead, or by creating a list of gratitude
and accomplishments, my journal is always a go-to place when I am seeking inspiration. But not just for writing through those moments of disconnect, but also to re-connect with the lost spark, that I had days or weeks before, simply by re-reading  my journal entries of those successful days. When I see how far I have come, I am always in a better mood, which tends to lift the fog from my inspirational down.

2. Listen to music.
Music evokes strong emotions in us. This also goes for inspiration – some music can be very motivating and inspiring. I  have created multiple playlists on Spotify for myself, depending on what I am trying to achieve – I have a list for writing fiction, another for motivation, and more for lifting my mood. Create your own playlists according to your needs, and use them.

3. Read
Exposing yourself to the inspiration of others, may it be via full-length fiction, or short off topic articles, can create
a spark of something new within. I do truly believe that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, so taking a  few moments of reading an article that you would usually not consider, or diving into a new book genre, you have not explored  yet, can be very stimulating.

Nature does not hurry,yet everything isackomplished- Lao Tzu1

4. Go out in nature.
Sometimes taking a breath in nature, may it be the backyard or a walk in the park, can re-stimulate my creative spark.  It is the change of environment and the closeness to something natural that is so different from my everyday job so that it forces me to shift gears, which tends to often unlock creativity. I have found that just a 5-minute coffee break, on the back porch can do wonders to my creative output and productivity. I highly recommend it.

Bonus Tip:

Joining a creative, or like-minded community is also a great way to stay creative, and keep motivated. Check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate, my favorite community to go to for inspiration. Or sign up now for a free membership! 

Here is a short book list with links to my review for books that might spark your inspiration:

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner (thriller/crime)

Beneath The Veil by Megan Hart (speculative fiction)

Girl Gone London (non-fiction/self-help)

Appreciation Marketing (non-fiction/business/marketing)

 

Be Fiercely Independent!

Claudia

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Lessons In Mastery – Are You Willing To Fail?

Lessons In Mastery - Are You Willing To Fail?

 

If you want to learn the lessons of mastery, the needed skills to bring forth the success that you have always dreamed of, you need to be willing to fail.

Failure is inevitable if you are taking risks, and in order to succeed in life, you are going to have to take risks. But
how we approach failure, and our attitude toward the knowing of that failure has to happen to create success, makes
all of the difference between if we are able to finally reach our goals, or fall short.

Tim Ferriss even goes as far as to suggest to practice the worst case scenario, in order to let go of the fear of what
can happen when life takes an unexpected turn, and your goals are temporary not met. His thought is, if you see that
you can survive through those times we consider our failures, then you are more likely to be willing to take the risks.

I find that to be true to a point – we do not need to actually experience our worst case scenario in order to be willing to embrace failure. All we have to do is to look at failure differently.

Failures hold within them gifts, the gifts of learning, the gift of knowing what does not work, the gift of hitting the
reset button and allowing yourself to adjust your path (not your goal! Only the approach)

Approaching failure with a sense of gratitude ensures that those moments can propel you toward new heights, rather than leaving us stuck due to fear. A gratitude attitude directed toward failure mobilizes you, enables you.

Blessings

Claudia

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