If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that its miserable and nearly impossible to complete уоur work іf you’re not inspired. You need to find inspiration to dо something enjoyably and effectively. To churn out good work at a high rate, you need to find your inspiration.

But the problem is, most people don’t know what inspires them. And many times, inspiration is fleeting. We treat inspiration as if it is a randomly relocating light switch that we have to find every time we need to get something done. We wander around, hoping we just happen to run across it, and when we do, voila! The light comes on, and we produce magic!

But is there a better way? Does inspiration have to be so inconsistent?

Wе all hаvе different inspirations…

Whіlе nature inspires some, others are inspired by all sorts of different things. Like the people around them or the work of someone they look up to. We all have different inspiration sources. Some оf us need tо lооk within for inspiration, while others have to look outwards. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to finding what inspires you. And there саn be multiple answers for an individual.You just have to find out for yourself.

When I look back at mу lіfе, I see that different things have inspired me at different times. Inspiration for my music and songwriting has changed over time. When I was younger, I seemed to be inspired by the crushes I happened to have at the moment. More recently, I am inspired by the musicians who are doing what I want to do on a very high, professional level.

Those who have inspired me to be who I am have also changed. In middle school, like everyone else, I wanted to be like the popular people. They inspired what I wore and how I spoke. Now, at age thirty, I am more inspired by my father, who is loved and respected by everyone who comes in contact with him. What’s important to me has changed, and so have my sources of inspiration.

Since inspiration sources keep changing, if you want to be inspired right now, think about what you want right now. Think of today. What do you want today? Where do you wish you were? What are your goals at this moment? What is most important to you? Take the time to really figure it out and make it as specific as possible. Write it all down.

Knowing exactly what you want, where you want to go, what’s important to you and what you plan to achieve will not only lead you to inspiration, but just the act of writing it all down itself could inspire you greatly!

It’s in a book…

As I have written in a previous blog, I think a very underrated source of inspiration is books. My house is full of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that have truly changed my life. So many books have inspired me, not just to reach my business and career goals, but to become a better person, which is way more important. Books that I haven’t read in years are still providing inspiration for me today.

Here are some of the books that have given me long-lasting, powerful inspiration:
“Ignore Everybody” by Hugh MacLeod
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki
“The Alchemist” bu Paulo Coelho
“The Present” by Spencer Johnson
“Multiply” by Francis Chan
“7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
“Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Here are some other ideas to help get you inspired:
• Read biographies of successful, great people.
• Travel and visit another culture.
• Take a walk and clear your mind.
• Go to a restaurant you’ve never been to before and eat something you’ve never eaten.
• Find some new blogs that speak to you.
• For a few days, exclusively listen to a genre of music you’ve never listened to before.
• Teach someone something.
• Read a book!

I believe that, eventually, we can learn to live inspired. Meaning that we can constantly be inspired, instead of trying to randomly become inspired at specific times. I think if we begin to focus on positive things, feed and renew our minds daily, and consciously do all of the things that put is in a powerful creative state, we can begin to live inspired. We can leave the light on and stop having to search for that elusive switch every day.

For instance, since I know reading inspires me, I do it everyday. I start everyday with a book. I also know that walks inspire me, so I go on them very frequently. I am also inpired by listening to podcasts about business and success, so I listen to them everyday. I don’t just do these things when I need to be inspired, instead, I have integrated these things into my everyday life so that I can live it. I try to never let the light go out.

Write down your goals. Be positive. Be confident. Do the things that inspire you. Read a book.

Leave the light on.