The other day I had a flash of inspiration. Normally that wouldn’t be such a big deal, except, after I thought about it for a second, I realized I haven’t been inspired in the last eighteen months.
So, I was excited to see my old friend (inspiration) paying me a visit, because that is how I’ve gotten as far as I have with my business. Entrepreneurs are constantly thinking of new businesses they could build, rather than following a traditional career path sticking to one industry. Most recently I’ve been interested in the potential of social trading on somewhere like the Etoro trading platform, as it allows those without much trading experience to get into the game. It could be a lucrative option for a business!
Then I started wondering, what is inspiration? How do other entrepreneurs find it? And do they (other entrepreneurs) value it as much as I do? You can take courses to learn the basic skills of being an entrepreneur, such as those offered by the solo institute, but inspiration is what gives you your passion and your USP.
What Is Inspiration?
Derivation: middle english (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare.
There are many varying, but similar definitions of the word, but I like this one because it more accurately reflects my feelings about what inspiration is; for me it has always felt spiritual-like thoughts, ideas, or information being shared with my conscious mind, from my unconscious-or connected-mind.
When Does Inspiration Come?
Inspiration normally comes for me while sleeping-just before waking-right at the point where I’m not in a deep sleep, but am conscious enough to be keenly aware of my thoughts.
I believe it happens like this because I am “out of the way”, without all the noise in my head. And none of the fear and anxiety that have been abundantly present the last eighteen months.
Fear and anxiety are probably why I haven’t been inspired-until now-as I likely just haven’t had enough clear mental space for it to happen.
How Does One Find Inspiration?
In an interesting article in Entrepreneur magazine, the author lists nine ways he recommends one find inspiration. Some of the suggestions are as follows:
- Commune with nature
- Disconnect from technology and social media
- Take a walk
- Practice mindfulness (to live in the moment)
I think most of these suggestions come back to my point about clearing away all the mental noise to make room for that spark of inspiration.
I’m thrilled to have been recently inspired and hope it continues because it has already resulted in productive activity for my business.
As an entrepreneur, do you value inspiration? When does it come for you? And how do you go about “finding it?”
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Update – 2/4/15
I found this great infographic that might help with inspiration and I thought I’d share: