While watching this episode of Marie TV, When Inspiration Backfires, I truly felt like Marie Forleo was speaking directly to me. You see, I’ve suffered from the exact problem that the reader who wrote in mentioned – so inspired; always learning more, and more, and more; too much content consumption and not enough creation.
When the new year started, I set several goals for myself. They seemed easy enough. Simple to achieve. It just required that I take action. When mid-January rolled around I hadn’t done much. I actually got a little depressed about it. And I started to feel like perhaps I wasn’t going to be able to fulfill my personal declaration. If you can relate to any of this, you will definitely like this post.
Since watching the above episode of Marie TV a few of weeks ago, I achieved all of my January goals and most of my February ones too. I feel better about how I’m managing my time and what I spend my mental energy on. And I finally feel like I am on track.
What I will share with you in this post is three ways that I was able to capitalize on the inspiration high, and not fall down the rabbit hole of continually getting inspired and taking no action.
So, let’s get to it.
3 Ways to Capitalize on the Inspiration High:
1) Keep Evernote on stand-by. One of my biggest struggles is trying to read everything when I first come across it. So, Evernote – which I use on the PC, iPad, and iPhone – has been my savior. When I’m doing research for a blog post or business idea and I stumbleupon something great that I want to further explore I save it. I have a note titled “READ ME!” and I paste the links there. Then, I set aside time once a week to go through and read all the goodies. This approach has done wonders for my productivity. And it keeps me focused on my current inspiration, and in creation mode, rather than taking me off-track into another inspiration spiral.
2) Control your thoughts. I was starting to feel like my mind was no longer my own. My thoughts were always rambling. On and on with all the things that I wanted to do. But why wasn’t I doing them? Because I was off getting inspired. So full of inspiration – 24/7 – and nothing materializing from it. Once I started to re-direct my thoughts I was able to capitalize on my inspired state – to ride the inspiration high – and I started seeing amazing results. Items on my to-do list are to-done and I’m moving my ideas forward, instead of just day dreaming about what could be.
3) Find a sponsor. This is one of the best pieces of advice I ever received. There is nothing in this world that you have to do alone. Find someone that you can call whenever you feel yourself slipping down the inspiration rabbit-hole. Someone who will remind you of what your goals are, hold you accountable for producing results, and help you hone the power of inspiration so that it’s working for you and not against you.
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So those are my tips and now it’s your turn. Tell me the ways that you capitalize on the inspiration high. Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.