In a world obsessed by evaluation, measurement and comparison, we must find the time and create a space to be inspired. We’re constantly being scrutinized and judged from every direction.
Looking back at all of the tests that I took throughout primary school and at college, each time my knowledge and intelligence was being evaluated; after that came job interviews and the constant fight for approval from my bosses and peers.
Evaluation isn’t always deliberate either. People judge each other in a matter of seconds, based on their physical appearance, their facial expression, their style or lack of, and the clothes they’re wearing (just to name a few things). It’s so fast and so automatic you don’t even notice it, and yet, first impressions guide us and stay with us more than you’d be comfortable acknowledging.
While we might spend a substantial amount of our time in the pursuit of acceptance, that should not be our only concern. Inspiration has a huge influence on productivity and creativity — inspired people are more intrinsically motivated, they’re no longer striving for money or resources, but for a transcendent vision.
Let's become more inspired to do greater!
To start, let's set aside time to do something new and be creative, it doesn’t matter what it is — create a piece of art, watch a biography, read a book from a new genre — just don’t keep doing the same thing. Step outside of your comfort zone! Take notes when you do find inspiration, keep a file and review your notes later, you can make use of apps such as Pinterest or Evernote; while seeking out inspiration doesn’t often work, you can use material that have inspired you in the past to give you a boost.
Lastly, let down your guard, openness to experience is an essential condition to inspiration. We’re always filtering out the things around us that don’t require our attention, try to take in everything around you even if it’s not important, gain a sense of awe and wonder about the world, let your senses explore and be curious about everything.
Let's make time to get inspired!
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