Turn Desperation Into Inspiration

You want to work online, but you just can’t find an idea that works for you. You need a little inspiration, but all you feel is desperation. The harder you try, the more you frustrated and desperate you feel. It seems like everyone else gets great ideas, but you come up empty.

Desperation usually creeps up on you after you have been sitting in front of the computer, racking your brain for hours, or trying to come up with at least one, little idea.

If this describes you, don’t despair! You can turn desperation into inspiration by using these 5 easy techniques:

1. Figure out what works for you. Does a noisy environment help to stimulate your creativity, or do you need to be alone in a quiet room to think? Do you do your best work in the morning, when you feel refreshed and recharged? Or, do your creative juices start running after midnight? Figure out the best time and place that will maximize your attention and creativity, and then make that happen.

2. Step away. If you have been trying to find inspiration and are at a loss, try stepping away from your project and focusing your attention on something else. A clear mind sees things that an overstressed mind does not. When you go back to your work, you will be looking at it with fresh eyes and may think of something you wouldn’t have thought of before.

3. Ask for support. Ask a friend, mentor, or your spouse to take a look at what you have been working on, and see if they can offer any suggestions. But, if you ask for help, be ready and willing to hear some constructive criticism. You could also join a brainstorming group of creative people. You help them with their projects and they will help you with your. Once you start talking to others about your project, more ideas can start to flow.

4. Try something different. Working with a different medium or in a different environment may also help trigger some ideas. For instance, if you happen to be stuck on a writing project, and you normally use a computer, break out the pen and paper and start writing that way. If you normally sit at your desk, try working at the kitchen table or print out the work you have completed so far and head to the couch. Simply looking at your work printed out on paper may give you some different ideas.

5. Be prepared. Inspiration can strike at odd times — when you are taking your morning shower, driving the kids to school, standing in line at the grocery store, or even while you are trying to fall asleep. All of a sudden, an idea comes to you and you feel sure you will remember it. You almost never will. Be sure to write it down. Put it into your cellphone, keep a notebook…whatever works for you. Before you know it, you will have a whole list of ideas on which you can take action.

When you start to feel desperate, remember these words: “Sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand. What you’ve been out there searching for is already in your hand.”

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