Have you read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert yet? I started the audio book a few days ago and it’s really fantastic. She inspired this post about inspiration. I often get asked, how do I think of something new every day for my blog? I’ve been writing for 271 days straight so far and some days inspiration is right by my side and other days, it’s a much bigger challenge.
Gratitude Tip: We are all creative beings and we express our creativity in different ways. Is a lack of inspiration holding you back from expressing your creativity? Why not give is a try anyhow? Start with gratitude for your innate creativity – yes as human beings we all have some type of creativity built right into our cells, according to Gilbert. Give thanks for inspiration, even if it’s not with you at that precise moment. Show gratitude for your mind, your hands, your feet and whatever other body parts you may use to express your creativity.
So how do I find inspiration for a daily blog post with a gratitude tip every day? I start with my own life. What lessons have I been taught in the past few days and is there wisdom I can pass on to my readers? I also share what I have been teaching others through my mentorship program. You have also probably noticed that I attend a lot of training programs and seminars for personal growth, professional development and education. I am always a student and make it a priority to always be learning. When I cannot attend live events, I read or listen to audio books. The CD player in my car (yes, my new car thankfully still has a CD player) has some kind of audio book or personal development CD in it at all times. That may seem boring to some, but to me it’s something I look forward to. I love getting into the car to listen to my current CD. In fact I’ve been looking for reasons to drive lately so that I can finish Big Magic!
There are other days where it takes me a little bit of time to get started on my blog. I’ll sit in front of my computer, not know where to start. I’ll ask for some help in prayer and ask God for inspiration – ‘What would you like me to write about today?’. Sometimes I get an idea, sometimes I don’t; I write anyhow. That’s where the hard work part of creativity comes in. In order for me to write some of my best blog posts, there has to be some that aren’t that great as well. I understand that I’m not going to be inspired to greatness every single time I sit down, but I keep writing no matter what. That’s how you become a writer. By writing. And by reading and listening to other writers, you can become a better writer. If you have a dream to write a book, start by writing a blog.
When I wrote 30 Days of Gratitude in just over a month, I had already been blogging on a regular basis for over 5 years. I had developed the habit of writing. That book was definitely supported by inspiration from God. I would go for a walk in the morning and entire chapters would show up in my mind. I would race home to write it down before it escaped. Gilbert talks about this in her book, and I see now how inspiration was truly my friend and partner when I wrote my book. There is no way that I could have done it alone.
What is holding you back from being creative? I encourage you to spend 5-10 minutes today using your creative side. Whether it’s finding a creative solution to a nagging problem, dancing around your living room or even doing a bit of colouring – let your creativity run free for a few moments. See how it feels. And then make an effort to include it in every single day.
We’ve crossed over the half-way point for #40daysofgratitude! Day 21 today. My lucky number. I’m grateful for all of you who are sticking to it! 40 Days is a long time. Interestingly, with the start of Lent last week, there are others doing their own 40 Days of Gratitude challenges for Lent as well. More gratitude is great for all of us!