How to Stop Looking for Creative Inspiration and Trust Yourself
Do you constantly seek creative inspiration before starting a new project? Or, do you have a daily habit of ‘researching’ ideas before you even get started? If so, this article will help you understand why seeking inspiration is hurting you creatively and how to start trusting yourself again.
Why seeking inspiration is hurting you
Have you ever felt like you’re in a creative rut? You might have writer’s block, creative block or you simply just can’t seem to find the motivation to get going.
I bet if you’re anything like me, you get frustrated and end up jumping onto Pinterest, listening to a podcast or reading an ‘inspirational’ book to give you some motivation.
But how many times have you browsed Pinterest, pinned something and then straight away went and did the thing?
I bet never, which means all you’re doing when browsing the internet and searching for creative inspiration, is:
- Dulling down your own original thoughts and replacing them with someone else’s
So instead of finding motivation (which was your intention), you end up either feeling bad about yourself and your creative abilities. Or, you start to create something that’s been unintentionally pieced together from different pieces of other people’s work.
There’s nothing wrong with genuinely being inspired by others and using their work to influence your own. But when you’re doing it at the expense of your own original creative thoughts, that’s when problems start to happen.
What is creative inspiration really?
Inspiration is a sudden thought, a trigger in your brain that comes quickly and gives you the drive to do or feel something.
It’s not a bunch of rectangular images saved to a digital board. Thanks a lot, Pinterest (I’m kidding, I love you really)! Let’s call that research instead – because that’s what it is.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
How to stop searching for creative inspiration
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- How do I get my real inspiration or ideas?
- Where am I getting my fake inspiration or ideas?
The answer to the first question may take a little exploring and might require a little trial and error. You may find that you get your inspiration from walking outside, or when you’re completely alone with no distractions.
Your answer to the second question could be the research you do on Google or Pinterest. It’s not that these tools are bad, but they are tools and should be used in the right way.
Learning why seeking inspiration is hurting you creatively and how to overcome it is a massive step in the right direction of creating a life and business that’s your own creation.
So if you have some burning ideas, don’t let any outside influence in until you’ve explored it fully. You’ll feel more ownership and satisfaction when you know it’s truly yours – trust me!
How do you make sure you listen to yourself before seeking inspiration? Leave us a comment below.
Featured image by ian dooley
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