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How to Stay Motivated and Inspired to Create

Updated: Mar 25, 2020



You have probably heard the cliche “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. In my experience, this is just sometimes not true and here’s why: I love what I do, but sometimes I feel like it’s work that I have to do to build my business and career.

I love what I do, but sometimes I feel like it’s work that I have to do to build my business and career.

Sometimes I feel like I’m acing it, and other times I’m not doing a very good job. There are times in creators’ lives when we do not feel motivated to create, yet we need put something out to meet deadlines. How do you snap out of your funky feels? What do you do to get inspired? A journal article published in the Front Hum Neurosci, (2014) defines inspiration as “…a motivational state that compels individuals to bring ideas into fruition.”

(Side note: before today I definitely couldn’t define inspiration so concisely like that.) It further states that while creators have long argued that inspiration is important to the creative process, it’s not until recently that scientists have been able to investigate this claim.

Every one of us creatives experience creativity burn-out and a lack of inspiration to create, but we do not have the luxury to not create.

In this article, I am sharing with you the things I do to snap out of my feelings of inspirational dryness. Here are seven things that I do to maintain "a motivational state that compels" me to create.