You may have heard the saying that “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The sayings carry weight because they suggest that the average person is far more resilient than they ever imagined they were. If you struggle with keeping your spark lit when things don’t go your way, don’t worry.
Keep Your Creative Ideas Flowing to Serve as Inspiration During Times of Instability
Everyone goes through periods where they doubt their abilities. It doesn’t make you any less capable. Instead, periods of self-reflection allow you to evaluate your approach to see what has gone right and what has gone wrong. You can rethink how you go about goal-setting so that your chances for success increase exponentially.
Here are some of the ways to keep your spark ignited during periods of uncertainty and transition:
- Follow inspiring people on social media. You already spend a lot of time online. Why not use it to your advantage? Start following people that fill your creative well with amazing ideas. Like, follow, and comment on their posts. Engage with them so that you’re able to pick their brains and understand where their creative processes come from today.
- Engage in a different activity than you’re used to doing. Step out of your comfort zone and do something out of the ordinary. It’s one of the fastest ways to change your neural pathways. You are giving your brain a big workout when you do something it’s not accustomed to you doing. Record your experiences so you can come back to revisit them for inspiration.
- Read a lot of books and magazines. Pick a subject and read as many books and magazines on it as possible. Make notes about the things that interest you or that you disagree with entirely. Talk to other people about what you’ve read and why you feel that it’s important to discuss. Write your own stories and articles as a way of practicing a new skill.
It may feel difficult at times to navigate sudden, unexpected changes. When you’re always looking for inspiration around you, however, it makes the transition much smoother. Try carrying around a small notebook with you in your pocket as you walk or ride your bike this week. When you stop to take a sip of water from your refillable bottle, take a second to pause and write down one thing that impresses you about the setting you’re engaged in at the moment.
Maintain the Spark That You’ve Ignited Long-Term
Keeping your eye on the prize isn’t as easy as people often make it out to be. It takes grit and determination to move past physical and mental blocks. Still, you have the power of choice in everything you do. It may not feel comfortable at times, but you can always decide to push on or give up. No one is stopping you from making the decision that best suits you and your needs.