Finding inspiration comes naturally to some people. For others, it takes practice. If you don’t feel very inspired right now, the good news is that you can change the way you look at things and, in doing so, you’ll welcome more inspiration into your life.

Where to Look

Inspiration can be found everywhere, but different experiences generate enthusiasm in different people. If what you’re seeing doesn’t move you, try changing your location. If you’re in the city, head for nature. If you’re out in a rural setting, check out the hustle and bustle of the big city.

If you spend much of your day around groups of people, try a little solitude. Get some quiet time and space all to yourself and see if that changes your level of inspiration. Use to working or being solo? Try the energizing atmosphere of a compatible group to help fire up your imagination.

Sometimes a change in perspective and scenery can make all the difference. If you’ve tried that and it hasn’t helped, try focusing on the specifics. You can be inspired by the shimmer of dew on a petal, the reflection of the setting sun on the multi-paned windows of a skyscraper, or the tapestry of voices in a busy coffee shop – be open to diverse sources of inspiration during your search.

What Do You See?

Of course, where you’re looking might not be the only reason you’re notlightning strike during blue sky feeling very inspired. Your mindset can also have a significant impact on whether you feel inspired. Open your mind so you can really see what’s there. Avoid looking just at the surface – instead, focus on what’s beneath it. You might be surprised at what you find.

For example, if you have a young daughter who says, “Play this game with me,” do you see a bored child or do you feel the anticipation, love, and joy that she brings to every chance to spend some quality time with you? When the sun rises in the morning, do you think, “It’s too early to get up” or do you feel gratitude for the opportunities this new day can bring to you?

How to Seek Out Experiences That Inspire You

woman wearing black dress beside body of waterWith a positive mental attitude, things will look vastly different than they do when you’re unhappy or angry. Of course, everyone feels bad sometimes. If you find that you’re always feeling sad and uninspired, though, it might be time to change your focus, and intentionally look toward something that brings you joy.

Taking time to slow down and appreciate life – just enjoying the moment – might be all you need to find or renew a source of inspiration!

While others can bring you happiness at times, true joy must come from within. Inspiration is often the same. The foundation for inspiration comes from inside of you and is only amplified by outside sources that you see and hear. If you aren’t sure how to look for inspiration, consider:

  • Talking with a loved one about the things that inspire that person.
  • Going somewhere that you haven’t been before to get a unique perspective.
  • Looking at something you see every day in an unusual way or from a different angle.
  • Closing your eyes and seeking inspiration in the sounds and smells around you.

Sometimes you need to get creative with the way you hunt for inspiration. It’s everywhere, but it can be easy to miss in the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives. To move away from your ordinary perspectives, a little bit of a shakeup could be necessary.

Often just a small action or a change in perspective can help you experience the world in a whole new way, and once you’ve taken that first step, you can open yourself up to a flow of inspiration.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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