At some point, it’s easy to fall into the trap of becoming mediocre. And when that happens, the inspiration stops. It plateaus. And we slump.
But I think there’s a few things we can do to help keep us from falling into that trap. Yes, it takes work…but anything worth doing takes hard work and time. So considering this, let’s look at a few key things that can be done to help us keep the inspiration coming on strong.
Learning is essential. It’s when we stop learning that all ideas cease. I’ve fallen into that trap before, and it’s not a fun one to be in. Sometimes just giving up seems to be the only possibility. But I urge you not to. We can’t allow ourselves to plateau by not learning.
My suggestion is to read as much about the subject you’re interested in as you did when you first found it. I heard this from Daddy-O during his Killer Tribes talk. He said something to the effect that we tend to engulf ourselves in something, and it inspires us. Then we get a little traction and we think we’re the guru. It’s then that we stop learning about it and become complacent that leads to us being uninspired. That totally makes sense.
The general idea is to keep information coming in and through that we’ll always be inspired to achieve and grow.
I know all too well the feeling of being alone. Not that I’m lonely or depressed, but working freelance from home, there’s not a lot of interaction going on face to face. So from time to time I decide to go work at Starbucks or call up a friend for lunch or coffee. It’s a great way to not fall into the trap of being depressed.
And recently, I’ve come across some information explaining how we really need to “connect” with people. Not just be their Facebook friend or follow them on Twitter…but actually connect. Yes, that means directly talking to them. Just send a message saying “Hey, what are you doing?” or something to that effect. You’d be surprised how many people would love to make that new connection with you. It’s important that we do this so we keep forming true relationships.
I think it’s funny that we teach our kids to share everything they have. Then we grow up and everything becomes “mine.” Maybe you’ve got some great information in an article you’ve found. Share it. Don’t hoard stuff just because you think you’re the only one that needs it. Share great content, stories, tips and tricks…share your life. Be transparent without being weird. Some people tell far more than we want to know. Sharing is good but please use discretion…the general public doesn’t want to know absolutely EVERYTHING about you. If you aren’t sure about something, run it by your spouse or best friend.
When we share our knowledge and findings…others can learn. And that starts the cycle all over again.
You get to stay inspired. You will be able to keep the ideas flowing and the content going. I didn’t mean to rhyme there…but I’m inspired. Whether it’s writing, designing, running, cooking or anything in between, we have to stay inspired or we become mediocre. And it’s never a good thing when something like mediocrity settles in for a nice, long stay.
What can you change right now to help stay (or get) inspired?