I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: waiting to be creative, motivated, inspired or whatever it is, well… it’s just doesn’t work.
It’s a lesson I seemed doomed to learn, again and again and again, the lesson that what does work is acting like you feel that way already, taking action and building momentum, motivation and inspiration from there.
Case in point: I’ve been writing LOTS more recently. More than I ever have before. And guess what? I’m suddenly swimming in creativity.
I can’t exercise, drive or sleep, without having a notebook nearby to jot down ideas. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I hear is the narrator in my head, drafting out lines of prose. The creativity is coming to me, flowing through me. All because I started writing when I’m wasn’t inspired or motivated; when I had to search out creativity, to force it even when my mood wasn’t compliant. Of course, the opposite it true if I take a few days off. The ideas dry up and the voice in my head becomes much less eloquent.
Another example of this is in my recent efforts to learn guitar. After years of thinking that I’m just not musically inclined as a person, I’ve found myself waking up with tunes and lyrics in my head. Overall, I find myself to be much more inspired, moved and connected to music than I ever have before. Why? Because I’m playing it, daily.
As the old saying goes: the more you do, the more you can do.
So if there’s something you’re looking to do more of, get better at or even just enjoy more, just start… and trust that it will come.