Inspiration: A sudden, brilliant or timely idea. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Disheartened, discouraged, lacking clarity = the opposite of Inspired – what I refer to as goal fog or and inspo rut.
Why is it that it seems to be lacking when we want or need it the most? Or that it comes to you at the most inconvenient of timing *cue baby wakes up, while you are talking to someone but don’t have a notebook/can’t write it down, when you are in the middle of a meeting, or supposed to be writing a feature article for one of your favourite health and fitness mags (literally me as I am writing this).
If I am being honest with myself and you (which is what I unapologetically aim to be), lately I have been going through one of a ‘lacking inspiration / goal fog / ground hog day’ phase. These phases come and go, just as I am sure they do with you, right?
So having said this I have since found inspiration for my latest blog – on funnily enough, inspiration! Are you or have you been in an #Inspo rut, goal fog or just lacking motivation lately? Here are my top tips for helping you get re-inspired, clear the fog and connect to what you really want to achieve:
- Get outdoors: this is one of THE best inspo triggers. Getting down to your favourite beach, nature walk, local park or even hanging out in your backyard can work wonders. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of fresh air and nature to put things in perspective and provide some goal fuel.
- Switch off: ‘Put down yo phone!’ Have you ever seen the Kid President’s YouTube video on ‘Mom’s’? If you have you’ll know what I’m on about here. But seriously, switch off. Yes it can be hard to take some time away from scrolling your Insta or Facebook feed or online shopping purchases that you ‘add to cart’ but never actually ‘checkout’. Switching off stems into so many of these other top tips and helps take away all that extra distraction and/or procrastination.
- Move: Exercise and daily movement have so many benefits to our physical and psychological health that the list could go on for days. My best ideas have often come to me whilst I’ve been out for a walk or run. This can also be inconvenient if you don’t have anything to write these down with. I often voice record on my iPhone to help prompt these thoughts at a later time.
- Change up your office: Do you normally work from home or an office? Grab your weapon of choice, be it a notebook, journal or laptop and head to your favourite café. Enjoy a coffee, the hustle and bustle of café goers and the external distraction associated with your ‘normal’ place of work (for me this includes housework or surveying the fridge and/or pantry for things to eat).
- Stop comparing: comparison really is the thief of joy. We each experience our own ups and downs at different times and under various circumstances. It can be so easy to compare yourself to others and then feel disheartened or even more confused about what it is you want to achieve. Try not to worry about what anyone else is doing except for you.
- Getaway: A road or plane ride is often where most of my goals become clearer and inspiration hits. I believe this has something to do with the ‘switching off’ point. No phone signal – no social distractions. Just be sure you have a notebook or laptop ready to record and save all of your goals, dreams, inspo for later actioning. Take a break: getaway, take a staycation or get out of town. You will be surprised at what a change of scenery can do for your soul.
- Spend time with loved ones: catching up with family or close friends that understand your passion and drive can be excellent sources to bounce ideas off and for that ‘sense check’ or pep talk. You might think it is easier to bottle things up or that no one wants to listen to what you have to say, but when you start saying your goals or plans out aloud it can actually assist in concreting your thoughts.
- Read a book or your fave magazine: you might not think you have time to read a book because you need to do actual ‘work’, run a household, or a million other things. It doesn’t even need to be on self-help, love or growth, entrepreneurship, or any of those topics. It can simply be one of your favourite genres and taking some time out foryourself that is what you need to get your mojo back.
I’m happy to say I am slowly coming out of the goal fog and inspo rut. With some road trips and other adventures on the horizon I can feel that it’s action Jackson (now action Turner, without quite the same ring) time!
When you are lacking inspiration where do you most find it? Don’t think you are alone in this, we all go through it. Hopefully you can implement some of the above tips to help provide clarity on your goal fog or Inspo rut and start GSD (getting shit done) again.
…Maybe my next blog should be on procrastination.