WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 25, 2015
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5 Ways to Find Inspiration Everywhere

It’s so easy to find inspiration in everyday life, as long as you know how and where to look. The world is a lot more beautiful than you think and exhibits so many breathtaking wonders that are still unknown to those who aren’t able to open their eyes fully to see them.

Only when you learn how to appreciate nature and everything around you, will you be able to relax fully and let your mind run free. Anywhere you look, anything you feel or smell can give you the inspiration you need to get up and work so that you can put that creativity into a context. Whether it’s a piece of art or a falling leaf from a tree, it can give you the right stimulus to gather your thoughts and ideas and create something beautiful.

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If you want to learn how you can find inspiration everywhere you go, check out the 5 tips below that allow you to do just that:

#1 Be more curious

The most effective way to get inspired is to become more curious about the world. Start by paying attention to small details you see around and ask yourself ‘why’ more often. Explore the world and little by little you’ll train your mind to see beyond to what’s already there. Go for a walk in the park and see what’s there for you discover. Get your camera ready and take some pictures out of things you find beautiful.

#2 Do something you don’t want to

How many times have you said to yourself you weren’t in the mood for the gym? And how many times didn’t you go even though you knew it was going to be beneficial to you? Sometimes when you don’t feel like doing anything, that’s when you need it the most.

If you are being moody and uninspired, you would benefit a lot from getting out of the house, engaging in a conversation with another human being or doing something that you have never done before. The next time you feel like this, try taking the opposite action of what you want and see what happens.

#3 Break up your routine

The secret to finding inspiration everywhere is doing something different each day. Instead of following your usual routine, try doing something unusual on a weekday. For example, instead of going home straight after work, go out for a run or a swim. Try it out even if you feel tired – trust me it will make you feel much more relaxed than before. It will open up your mind and allow you to stop worrying about what happened during the day and instead focus on the present moment.

#4 Get in touch with your artistic self

To find inspiration, you need to unlock your artistic side and open up your creative mind. When you are exposed to a rare piece of art or beauty, you are moved by it, and often you catch yourself wanting to express that through the need to create something in return. Whether you are doing this through painting, doodling, writing, singing or even dancing it’s your way of creating something unique.

#5 Question your assumptions

To allow yourself to think creatively, you first need to expose yourself to new experiences. Keith Sawyer, author and professor of educational innovations at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus, shares this view. Through this kind of experience, you get to see colors or textures you’ve never seen before while watching the sunset, or you get to notice something in the music that was not there the first time you heard a particular song.

Fortunately, inspiration comes from a variety of things and places. There is inspiration in nature, in people and even on the internet. If you want to harness it, you need to allow yourself to see things in a new light so that you can experience them differently.

See Also: Top 10 Inspirational People

In the meantime, check out this heartbreaking video that shows the importance of slowing down the fast pace of your life just to enjoy the little things. Those things that are not visible from a single glance but are more than enough to hold on to that spark of inspiration you need daily.

So, what about you? What’s your secret to finding inspiration everywhere? Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments section below…

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