8 Ways to Ignite Your Inspiration

Inspiration is the key to creativity. But sometimes, we just run out of both. Well, here’s a quick list that has helped me when I get stuck. Enjoy Top Digital Marketer!


1) Stop

Google employees are paid to play beach volleyball, go bowling or scale a climbing wall.  I love to work and I get glued to my screen, but sometimes you just have to take a break. As counterintuitive as it may seem, productivity experts suggest you work in 90-minute chunks where you are laser focused with zero distractions. Then take a quick break to freshen your eyes and gain some new perspective.

2) Look for inspiration

Everyone sees the world through a slightly different lens. I love looking at other photographers work to get inspired, it’s amazing how different artists depict the world in radically different ways. See what others are doing and try to improve on it, ‘remix it’ and make something completely different; its a key part to creativity and innovation.

3) Improve daily

Show up better than you did yesterday. Try to see what you can do better every day you’re in the studio, at your desk, out on a shoot or out meeting with a client. Progress is always inspiring.

4) Challenge yourself

Most people at some point become comfortable and complacent and find themselves doing the same things over and over again. That gets boring. Do the things that scare you and challenge you to think in ways you don’t normally think.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

5) Be emotional

Let it touch you, feel the art, the poem, the story you’re creating, the song you’re performing. Out on a photo shoot or creating something in your studio, everything becomes 10x more impact-full and meaningful when its charged with emotion. When you have those strong emotions, don’t let them go to waste and pass you by! Go to your canvas, (wether its music, art, or even the gym) use that energy and leap into action.

6) Have fun

Work is just life, why not enjoy it? Studies show that people are more productive and more creative when they have fun at their job.

7) Be curious

Watch a 3 year old for 5 minutes, they are curious about everything! They’re exploring, questioning, and constantly asking why.  They learn more in their first 10 years than adults learn in 30 years! Stay curious, stay inspired.

8) Don’t be afraid to be wrong

Don’t be afraid to be off key, to be over exposed, to use too much paint or to spell a few words wrong. It’s what makes things interesting. Focus on being authentic rather than perfect. If you pursue perfection or wait ‘till you’re ready, you will never get started!

“If it sounds good, it IS good.” – Jazz legend Duke Ellington