The first thing I would like to say is that inspiration is all around us. It can be found anywhere, and yes we do usually need to seek it out. The slightest things can trigger our imagination, but most often we need to be looking for it. I think that’s why the first thing I need to say is keep your eyes open. Always be looking for inspiration because it often comes when we least expect it. Here are a couple places I would suggest:
Prayer and God’s Word
This is a Christian blog so it should go without saying that the best inspiration is divine inspiration. The stuff that God breathes into us (the literal definition of inspiration) will always produce the best fruit. I have found that while He does of course speak to us in prayer, I have often found myself asking “Is that God or just my idea?” For this reason, I always want to include the Word in this conversation. God speaks directly through His Word so regular reading of God’s Word is one of the most direct ways to find inspiration.
I love to get out into nature and look to the work of the ultimate creator as a way of receiving inspiration. The stuff God created is the best stuff, and while we may or may not directly copy it, Nature can serve as a great trigger to the creative process.
One of the big struggles for us as creative is the fact that it seems virtually impossible to be alone with our thoughts. Sometimes we need to pull ourselves away from the noise in order to receive our inspiration. Sometimes shutting out the noise will open the doors to the creative process.
Look for Trouble
Much of creativity is solving problems, so sometimes when we need inspiration, a great thing to do is look for something that needs solving, then seek out ways to solve it. It helps to treat this as a brainstorming session where there are no bad ideas, otherwise it is really easy to get caught up in limiting thoughts that will keep you from starting toward the goal. If the limiting thoughts occur, put solving the whole problem out of your mind and look for one star you can make today toward solving the problem, then do that and repeat for as long as you can.
No person is an island. Sometimes you need help. Surround yourself with people who can do what you cannot and work together to find your inspiration. Collaboration tends to take what you can’t do off the table and allows you to imagine new possibilities.
Look at What Others Have Done
I’m not telling you to plagiarize but the works of others can be very inspirational. Look at the work of a great master in your field (or an unrelated field) if that’s what you need. What does it make you want to do? Before long, you’ll begin to feel inspired. Then just run with it.
I also get inspiration from reading books, watching movies, plays, etc. Sometimes just seeing something great makes me want to do something great.
These are just a few. What inspires you?