So many of us struggle everyday. Our lives are now overwhelmed by information and situations. I have a lot of people that come to me about my art or photography and ask me how I get my ideas or where I find my inspiration. At first, I want to say that there is no simple explanation, but in truth there is… Inspiration is everywhere… It helps to be a lifelong learner. The more information and knowledge you have, the more things that can inspire you. It is sort of like a chemical or chain reaction. You learn to feed off of beginnings, off of basic thoughts and then start to think of possibilities.
One of the best pieces of advice I was given, was basically.. “Take time to take time”.. Okay so maybe it was actually, Take time to be quiet, rest and reflect, but once you take the time to breathe, the waters settle and you can start to gain clarity and focus on your purpose. What do you want to achieve? what is available to you? What do you have and what can you do with it? Then you use examples of things that are all around you. Artists throughout history have been inspired by simple beginnings. Even some martial arts were inspired by watching insects, animals and other living creatures. We all live in a world of cause and effect. When you start to see how things work, you also see what doesn’t work.
Start with the question of: What IF?
Here is one of my very first speeches in Toastmasters with a little talk called: “How do you find inspiration?”