5 Ways to Reignite Inspiration When Work Sucks


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Ambitious souls go through seasons. Dry patches, overflows, and ah-ha moments dot and color the landscape of life for entrepreneurs, artists, and anyone making their way in a career. So, what happens when a couple of dry patches turns into a dry spell? Let’s talk about ways to go after fresh inspiration when it’s hard to come by.



Make something that sucks

Get that awful rough draft out of your system. Sometimes, the fear of making something “bad” chokes out the possibility of what comes after.


Write it, and then write it again.


Design it, and then re-design it.


Surrendering to the process of mastery yields a better, more fine-tuned product and gives way for the freedom to freely create, bringing new life to tired places.



Replace hopeful thinking with hopeful vision

How are your inner thoughts influencing your performance? Are you relying on affirmation from others to be the blood supply to your own inventive heart?


Time for a transfusion.


Steve Backlund, Senior Associate Director at Igniting Hope, shared five bible-based affirmations that can kickstart life-changing beliefs.



Do something you've never done

Take yourself out for a multi-course meal without your phone. Book a weekend in a city that you’ve never explored. Ask your closest group of friends deep and meaningful questions and share your own answers. Nothing gets inspiration pumping through your system like doing something unfamiliar or outside your comfort zone.


Find what that adventure might be for you and see how a renewed sense of human experience leads you to unexpected discoveries.



Move your body

Prioritize exercise. On Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith and Christina made a habit of “dancing it out” after long hard shifts.