Feeding Your Muse

Feeding Your Muse

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There’s actually a way for you to boost your creativity and get those creative juices flowing. It’s all about feeding your muse. Your muse is that inner source of inspiration and creativity within you. Like any living thing, nurture and nourish your muse to thrive. So, we’re going to explore some fun and practical ways to feed your muse and unleash your creativity. That’s if you’re ready and willing to take your creativity to the next level.

What it means to feed your muse

This, right here, is a really important concept today–feeding your muse. It’s all about tapping into that inner fire that drives you to be a hero, a businessman, a manufacturer, or an artist. Think about the great people in the world. Something fueled their desire to start their journey toward becoming the best of the best in their respective fields. Their muse fueled them, including the spiritual energy within, inspiring them to go above and beyond to achieve great things. Because they followed through, they’ve become the people we all admire and look up to.

Think about what excites you. Think about why your mind races with ideas. If you’ve found the answers, then that’s your passion. That’s your muse. Now that you’ve found it, feed it to keep that flame burning bright. No matter how long the journey lasts, continue to feed it.

Sometimes, staying in touch with your passion isn’t the easiest thing. It’s no walk in the park. It requires both your time and effort to connect with it, and the moment you do, you need to keep nurturing that relationship. After all, this journey could last for decades, including putting in a lot of work, beyond just finding your initial inspiration.

Motivation is the word. Stay motivated. It’s the engine that drives everything else and powers your journey. Without it, you get stuck, lose your way, and start questioning why you’re even on this path to begin with.

My challenge for you today is to connect with your muse. Find out what makes you tick and what drives you to be the best version of yourself. That’s your inspiration. When you find it, nurture it and keep that fire burning. Keep feeding your muse, stay motivated, and who knows what incredible things you might achieve.

As you stoke the fire within you and feed your muse, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. You can do whatever you set out to do. You can connect with like-minded people. It’s why you get to do the meaningful things you do. It’s that inner spark that makes you who you are, and it’s so important to nurture and fuel it.

Not a lot of us do this. So many people lack inspiration, even those who claim to be passionate about their careers. We all need inspiration. Something or someone has to inspire us, so inspiration is a necessity, not a luxury.

Benefits of feeding your muse

If you want to achieve great things and make a real impact in the world, inspire yourself. It’s not enough to grind all day, day after day. Instead, keep that fire burning bright, keep pushing yourself to new heights, and keep exploring new avenues of knowledge and growth.

I know it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that inspiration is something you can put on the back burner. After all, you know what you want to accomplish, right? So you think to yourself and ask why waste time on all that touchy-feely stuff when I could be getting things done? You ask yourself, why delay my work in search of inspiration when I could continue doing my work? Let’s not shy away from the truth. Inspiration makes the difference between a good life and a great one. It separates the mediocre from the exceptional and drives people to reach for the stars and make their wildest dreams a reality.

So, don’t underestimate the power of inspiration. Feed your muse to nurture your inner fire and keep exploring new avenues of growth and learning. Let me also tell you what happens if you take the wrong approach. Go full steam all you like, maybe ahead for a year or two, but eventually, that passion and motivation will dwindle. You’ll burn out and forget why you started. You could lose sight of what inspired you at first, and your creativity will suffer. The quality of your work will decline, and everything else is going to dwindle because you’ve lost the inspiration you started with. That’s not a sustainable way to live.

I’ll advise you to be proactive and keep your inspiration alive. Your job, above all else, is to stay inspired. If you’re working with a team, it’s also your job to motivate and inspire everyone else too, alongside yourself. So, connect to your source of inspiration and see how everything flows for your good.

How to inspire yourself

You may wonder how to inspire yourself. Well, lucky for us, we live in a world of abundance, where there are endless resources and information at our fingertips. We have many materials and people at our disposal and all it takes is just our willingness to access and use them. Whether reading books, attending live seminars, going to conferences, the list goes on. Now, you can see we have many incredible tools to inspire us.

Put your learnings into action

As much as you have these things, it’s not enough to just consume content. You should put what you learn into action. Use your learnings and apply them to your life and work. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and make time for activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Never forget your why and keep that fire burning until you become a force to be reckoned with in the world.

Earlier, we talked about having enough resources. Really amazing ones to inspire anyone ready to become great. Whether it’s reading books, watching YouTube videos, listening to podcasts, or attending seminars, they’re all great ways to learn and grow.

Attend seminars and use available resources

You could attend seminars, and experience being in a room full of passionate people who are all dedicated to learning and growing. Just being in such spaces creates a focused and energized atmosphere that can be transformational for just anyone. So, if you have the chance to attend a live seminar, don’t hesitate to take it.

If attending a seminar is out of your reach, there are still plenty of other resources out there. You can switch to audio programs if it pleases you. The options to inspire and motivate you are plenty out there. You could also level up to video programs, or whatever rocks your boat.

Now, I know some of these resources can be on the pricey side, but trust me when I say that it’s worth investing in yourself and your inspiration. After all, your muse is the most important component of your life's purpose. So, splurge on that book, attend that life seminar, pay for what needs paying for, and keep that fire burning bright.

Attend live seminars and retreats

If I were to decide, my best bet would be to attend live seminars and retreats. Sure, books and audio programs are fantastic, but there’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a dedicated, focused atmosphere with other like-minded people for a few days or even a week. Trust me, it has a powerful, almost magical effect on you. It has a way of igniting your passion and creativity in ways you’ve never experienced before. The only downside, which is not really a downside, is affordability.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Live seminars and retreats cost a fortune, sometimes. They require more effort, time, and money. You may need to travel across the country just to attend one. Not only that, you may need to lodge in a hotel or a guest house, and pay for cabs, and feed. Most of the time, eating out is expensive compared to if you were at home, eating home-made food. I get that part. But let me tell you, if you have some money to spare, it’s well worth it. If you can afford it, then go for it.

There’s something unique about being present in a seminar, sitting with others, and engaging with other passionate individuals. It’s not something you can experience by sitting at home, cross-legged, and looking at a screen. You can’t replicate the feeling of going all out by fixating on the screen. Instead, you can even use that as an opportunity to see fresh places and encounter inspiring people.

Personally, I’ve seen the incredible impact that retreats and seminars can have on people. It has also helped me in my development. These days, I’m becoming more intentional about attending more seminars than I did last year. So, if you’re ready to do something different with your life, consider taking advantage of resources, and go all the way out.

Connect with like-minded people

There’s something else you can do. Connect with people in a similar position as you. You can even create a group if possible, as long as they share your passion. I’ve seen such groups on Facebook, discord, WhatsApp, and even around your community where you can be physically present. I even belong to some, and they’ve been so positively impactful. You can create it anywhere you feel the most comfortable hosting it. You can brainstorm with them, tackle problems and arrive at a solution together. These people have to be like-minded and in the same industry as you.

The journey to personal growth and development is much more fun when you share it with like-minded people. This way, it’s easier to take your life and your work to the next level. If you’re an engineer, connect with other people in engineering. If you’re in business, connect with other business people. If you’re an artist, find other artists and connect with them. If you’re a writer, locate other writers to bounce ideas off of.

When you get out regularly, you can share your ideas, hear new perspectives, and allow each other’s success to inspire you. It’s amazing what you can create when you put your heads together. Another thing I love about peer groups is that they’re full of discoveries and open group members up to new possibilities they didn’t know about. There are just lots of things to learn from there, apart from being inspiring.

Interact with nature

Now, let’s talk about nature. Many of us work and work, forgetting to go out there and experience nature. I’m sure you’re wondering how nature correlates to your life's purpose. It does, for real. Nature influences your life in tremendous ways. When you connect with nature, it profoundly impacts your creativity and productivity.

We humans are hard-wired to be inspired by nature. Our brains respond to natural scenes like landscapes, mountains, valleys, rivers, seas, forests, sunrise, and sunsets. These things inspire us in ways we don’t even know how. So, don’t get so caught up in work that you forget to step outside and appreciate all the things nature has provided for free. The best part about nature is you don’t have to pay for it. So, it’s at your disposal.

For a moment, quit obsessing about results and get out there. Stop fretting about having little time to finish up work, because you most definitely need inspiration and fresh perspectives, which can only come from putting work on hold and getting into nature. You can arrange a hiking group, or join other hikers, whichever suits you. So don’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of work, and get in touch with nature.

You can explore some greeneries, hang out in a park, watch the stars, have a picnic, go for a morning walk, sit outdoors, and soak up the sun. There are just many activities lined up in the beauty of nature and trust me, they will not only inspire you but also recharge and re-energize you. It will be an absolute game-changer. Because you’re relaxed, you’ll become more creative and your mind will brim with the best ideas.

Sometimes, when you least expect it, one brilliant idea pops up and transforms your entire life. It can even change a struggling business or become a new masterpiece for the world to benefit from. So, make it a regular thing to re-inspire yourself always, and you’ll never lack ideas.

Make time for fun activities

I also recommend having fun. You may listen to music different from the ones you’re used to. If you love listening to jazz or rap, you could switch to country music or classical. Thankfully, we have millions of songs from talented artists. You can stream them straight from iTunes or anywhere else. You can also download them for easier accessibility. Whatever rocks your boat. I always recommend music because I’m a beneficiary of its many goodness. When you listen to good music, you feel joy and comfort, and it lightens your mood. When you’re down, there’s a song to lift your spirit, when you lack inspiration, there’s a song to boost your creativity.

Listen to Ted talks

TED Talks are also a thing. There are lots of inspiring ones, whether in science, art, technology, and wherever your focus lies. If you love literature, movies, or theater, you can explore them for more inspiration. Though the media, sometimes, are distracting or full of nonsense, you can find great stuff amongst them. Personally, I’ve seen movies worth watching; that are art, science, technology, or start-up specific. Believe me, they were so inspiring and were key to many people’s self-discovery and pursuing their life’s purpose

So, you never know, just one good idea can change the entire course of your life, product, art, or book.

Have great sex

Let's not forget about having great sex. I know you might wonder what sex has got to do with inspiring creativity. But sex is a natural activity that connects us with our emotions and helps to release oxytocin, which relaxes you. It helps us to relax, have a clearer mind, and appreciate the joys of life. And when this happens, it fosters creative thinking and you can come up with great ideas. It’s just a cool way to relax, recharge your batteries and get motivated.

Make time for travel and treat yourself to vacations

I also suggest traveling as another way to recharge your creativity. To be honest, nothing beats exploring places and sightseeing. It allows you to visit places, see other cities, and experience new ways of life, as well as get your creative juice flowing. As you travel, you leave your comfort zone and find yourself in a new environment, which is a recipe for new ideas and perspectives.

You may choose to go as far as traveling to a different country if you’re a creative person. There are many beautiful destinations you can start from. These places provide the opportunity to experience new people, new cultures, and different ways of doing things. All the things you encounter will keep your inspiration flowing.

Going on vacations as a creative is a good way of taking time off work to recharge, and in the long run, be more productive. So, start now to plan your next vacation. Perhaps, a one-week trip or even one month, and it will reignite that creative spark within you.

When you travel, you gain fresh perspectives and new ideas. You connect with nature, other cultures, and people, which can help unlock new avenues of inspiration. It relaxes your mind and helps your creative juices flow. What more can anyone ask for? So, prioritize travel at least twice a year, even if it’s just a road trip or a camping trip. Don’t put off that vacation. Quit comparing yourself to other people. You never can tell what they do in their spare time and where their inspiration comes from.

Creative people need every avenue to get inspired. So, while you go on vacations, you rest as well, unwind, learn new things, and return to work energized and ready to take on your projects with renewed passion.

Why creatives require inspiration

I’ll wrap this up by telling you that every creative requires inspiration. You cannot function without it. So, your daily grind shouldn’t make you forget that the purpose of your life is to be inspired and to impact others with your creativity.

When you’re feeling low, slow down and reconnect with your inspiration and your source motivations. Remember, you are a creator and that means you have a unique gift to share with the world. So, make it a priority to invest in your creativity and your inspiration. You won’t regret it.

Sometimes, you may experience difficulty, like when you’re working on a project and something goes wrong, setting you back. You may feel defeated and hopeless, like giving up is the only option. But no, that’s not the only way out. It just might be the right time to take a step back and reconnect with yourself.

Bad days are inevitable. So, on those bad days, take time off from work and channel your energy elsewhere. Think of activities that nourish your soul and do them. If it requires you to crank up your music volume, listen to as many as possible and you never know, the inspiration might just pop in. You might prefer camping with friends, do it. If it requires traveling or going on a vacation to see interesting cities, don’t hesitate. Let this be a regular practice for you because if you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will. If you also get to a point where a setback affects you negatively, it won’t be good for any of your business or creative ventures.

Conclusion

Whether you’re just starting, or already established in your journey, you still need the inspiration to get the ball rolling. You’ll meet good times, bad times, and setbacks. You’re going to encounter more difficulties upon difficulties because it’s never a straight road. That’s why I recommend feeding your muse and finding inspiration to keep going.

Time may come in your business when you experience little or no growth. It will look like your creativity is declining and you’re not progressing. Many people, even the experts, experience it. Well, the key is to enjoy the process by allocating time for inspiration and creativity.

Know why you’re on this journey in the first place. Remember, it’s because you’re passionate about something, and you owe it to yourself to keep that flame burning. So, always, always recharge your batteries, and keep pushing forward with renewed vigor. It may take putting into practice everything I’ve discussed with you today to feed your muse and live a fulfilling life.

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Isak Vidinghoff is a Strategic Life Coach and Content Creator. He communicates personal development strategies to help people find purpose and meaning to live their fullest potential in life.

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