Going to your well of inspiration

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Everyday we’re bombarded by so much information. It seems like everything is vying for our attention.

The TV blares commercials to entice you to purchase the next best thing. Magazine ads try to sell you on the way you should look. Or it could be your friends trying to get you to do things their way.

Whatever it is, it can wear you down and drain you dry.

What can you do about this?

You can go to your Well of Inspiration.

What is a Well of Inspiration? It is whatever restores you and gets your creativity going again.

It can be:

  • Great Books: Fiction or non-fiction. It doesn’t matter. As long as it inspires and refreshes you, it’s what you need to go to.

    Fiction books like Catcher in the Rye, The Pilgrim’s Progress, or Of Mice and Men can be inspiring. Look for something that grabs your imagination and gets it going.

    You will also improve your writing skills by reading fiction books. Pay attention to the way the author tells the story. Her words craft a picture in your mind. Remember how she weaved the words together and apply them to your talent.

    I, personally, find non-fiction books to be the most inspiring. The Bible, How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Millionaire Next Door, and See You at the Top have been books that have influenced me and pushed me forward.

    Seeing others that have gone before me and succeeded renews me.  Their stories let me know that it can be done. The work may be hard. The hours long. But if I continue, the payoff will be huge.

    Be sure to revisit the books that inspired you the most. Too often we will read a book and toss it aside when we’ve finished.

    Instead, take your time and study the wisdom these great men and women have poured into the book. Take a couple of months and study only that book. New nuggets of wisdom will appear to you.

  • Moving Music: For me, it’s been epic soundtracks and melodic rock that immerses me in thought.

    Well crafted hooks and lyrics draw me in. Listening to another artist weave their story in words is mesmerizing. Eventually, it gets me into a groove and the inspiration comes.

    Or the epic story played out by instruments in an epic soundtrack. The strings telling a sad story. The drums brining a pounding beat of excitement. Or brass instruments signaling a battle.

    You can learn a lot by analyzing how the different instruments were put together to tell a story.

  • Movies About Those That Overcome: A well crafted movie can be inspiring.

    My favorites include Gladiator, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, We Bought A Zoo, and Rocky.

    There’s a thread of inspiration in all of these great movies. There’s an underdog who has little chance of succeeding.

    With hard work, determination, and friends the protagonists overcome their trials. They lift themselves above their situations and triumph.

When I’m lacking inspiration, these are my tools that I go to. Taking a quick read of a chapter, listening to a track or two of great music, or watching an exciting clip from a movie brings that spark of inspiration.

Question: What do you use for inspiration? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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