Love this quote. Found it last year. I read it every single day. -Kathy
Creating is easy if you’re inspired. When the new ideas flow freely and you lose track of time, when you’re in a state of creative “flow.”
When the inspiration stops, the creating tends to stop too. So what can you do?
Inspiration is, of course, everywhere. But it’s easy to set yourself up to not see inspiration when you need it most. It’s common to constrain your focus too much, or to get yourself worked up into a stressful state where even good ideas seem bad. Losing inspiration to create like this makes it painful to think creatively.
Sometimes you have to simply acknowledge that you may need a break from creating. There are times when you feel as though you have to create, when in reality you simply need to rest.
Other times, however, you can find inspiration through a process of internal discovery.
Step away from whatever it is you’re trying to do and sit for a while. Take some time to merely think, not necessarily act or seek inspiration. Ask yourself a lot of questions and try not to worry about the answers. Ask: “What if my task was extremely large or impossibly small, how would that affect how I approach it?” and “What is something that has inspired me in the past that is completely unrelated to what it is I’m doing, how can I combine them?”
Take some time to explore your environment too. Look closely at every thing around you. Inspect the areas that you otherwise would overlook and see what inspires you there. Close your eyes and take in the sounds of where you are, listening closely to see what subtle noises could spur up ideas. Or feel the things around you and try to relate the physical touch to a non-tangible idea.
Meditation is another positive way to explore your internal inspiration. So often we get overwhelmed with our tasks and environment that we fail to notice thoughts that could help us solve our problem or move our work forward.
Inspiration is easy to find through exploration, but restricting yourself – even subconsciously – can make it hard. Turn to your internal thoughts and experiences to inspire yourself, without having to browse around the Internet or look to books or movies or anywhere else for a source.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
Arthur Ashe (via gregmelander)
A great quote as inspiration for a Redesign project. -Kathy
“When the time is ripe for certain things, they appear at different places in the manner of violets coming to light in early spring.” – Farkas Bolyai.
Every great idea stems from some source of inspiration.
When something you’ve seen or experienced in the past is mentally ‒ often subconsciously ‒ connected with something from the present, that’s when the best ideas take shape. This process explains nearly all of the things we surround ourselves with today, from airplanes and cell phones, to the food we eat and the books we read.
Without these sudden “sparks of insight,” where two or more ideas are connected, innovation wouldn’t be possible.
Everything worthwhile has been, at some point, inspired in-part by something else.
With this knowledge we see that a shortcut to the formation of great ideas is the ability to access seemingly unrelated connections between two or more things quickly. The best way to make those connections rapidly is simple: produce ideas in a small group.
Discussing ideas and topics, even seemingly unrelated ones, in a small group of people is often all it takes to spark a great idea. As authors Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson discussed in their 2010 Wired interview: “We normally think of innovators as independent geniuses, but [the] point is that innovation comes from social scenes, from passionate and connected groups of people.”
If all it takes to really press an idea forward is the right spark of inspiration, then having a varied group of people all discussion things that inspired them in the past could be all you need to come up with your next, great idea.
Try working in a group today, encouraging everyone to share their views and talk about what’s inspired them in the past. You’ll find that the best ideas tend to come from group discussions (though, sometimes the best ideas only make themselves visible after the discussion has ended).