There are days when inspiration strikes. When you’re able to sit down and product a fantastic amount of work. You’re able to focus on achieving a goal - you race. You create as you go and it leads you to new places. I love those days.
But some days - its the absolute opposite. You have something sitting in front of you. Started projects - started thoughts and started ideas. I guess this is “The Dip” that Godin talks about. The resistance. It’s real. I tend to lack inspiration - and every excuse in the book comes right at me to keep me away from doing the work I know I should be doing. I keep waiting for inspiration. It never comes - unless I force it.
I found that there are triggers that can get me off and running. Those triggers allow me to wake up and stop waitingand start creating. I think we have to take note of these triggers. At times they are people I follow who are doing something inspirational. Other times it’s a book that gets the motor running. And at other times it’s a conversation with another creative - an exchange of ideas.
I think the key is to constantly be exposed to those triggers. Yes, you can work through the Dip and recognize the Resistance - and maybe that’s the trigger. Since everyone is different you need to find your own triggers. And you need to expose yourself to them constantly. This way you’re rarely waiting for inspiration, there’s always a constant flow.
On a side note - I love “The Dip” and the concept of “The Resistance”. Seth Godin wrote “The Dip”, but I believe “the Resistance” is from the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Both highly recommended reads. In fact, I might dive back into “The Dip” after I finish what I’m reading now.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.