Tweaked the routine a little this morning. After dropping Bryn off at the Montessori, Brigs and I went to the dog park. She could run around while I write a little. Fair offer. Brigs doesn’t get out as much as she used since Bryn has come along. So she was extremely excited to say the least when we got to the park.
Whenever I’m out in nature I get this renewed sense of mind clarity with an inspiration to Create. This happens a lot on vacations too. Something about being somewhere new. Instead of focusing on Rest, I just want to write or brainstorm new ideas or problem solve current projects. I just can’t help it. So while at the park I got inspired to write. I got inspired to write about inspiration.
Yes, this is Maintain Monday and there are things I need to maintain today. But there is a link of sorts between inspiration and maintaining. You’ll see.
Last Friday, I shortly dissected a unique office space that is designed to prepare and encourage someone to do their “deep work”. In the room arrangement, The Chamber is the fifth and final room. It is THE place where deeply inspired and intensely focused creative work occurs. But before you get to that final room, you have to pass through the first room, The Gallery, which is designed to inspire. And I thought, what would my Gallery look like? What inspires me to do creative work?
I brainstormed a little and came up with some of my inspirational catalysts:
- Trying new things or going new places. Learning something new or creating a new experience is thrilling and kick starts my creative side.
- Nature. The awe-inspiring beauty of this God created earth is humbling. It’s in those moments of silence that my mind starts to visualize ideas that I want to work on.
- Music. There are certain songs that I can turn on and feel pumped to make something.
- Meditating and Visualizing. I see meditating as the ability to clear your mind and release stress. Whereas visualizing occurs when I focus on one problem and process various solutions in my head. This typically occurs on dog walks or when laying down with my eye closed. When a viable solution pops into my head, I am inspired to see if it works in real life.
- Reviewing other peoples projects, their processes and final product. A few months ago I wrote about wanting to create a picture book that detailed small workshops of creators around the world. Seeing other people’s work environments pushes me to work on my own projects.
I think it is safe to assume that everybody’s gallery would not look the same. Everybody is inspired differently. And I think the Gallery would need to change often. Inspiration needs to be fresh. Zig Ziglar was quoted saying, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily”. So next time you are inspired, soak in it and then create. Don’t get distracted. Don’t wait.
Not sure if you noticed, but that was the first time I used the word”motivation”. It was on purpose. You see, while inspiration and motivation are synonyms, I view them differently. Others have done a good job writing about the differences. One quote I liked says, “Motivation is the push. Inspiration is the pull.” by Natalie DeBruin. I don’t want to regurgitate what others have already written. Rather I’m going to take a slightly different route with it and apply it to my Create, Consume, Maintain, Rest system.
Think of inspiration and motivation as fuels with different properties used for different applications.
Inspiration is the fuel for creativity. Sure you can use motivation to create, but it’s a cheap alternative. It won’t produce quality results. To create something exceptional you need inspiration.
Motivation, rather, is the fuel for maintaining. I’ve written about how Maintaining is a necessary evil. The planning, the organizing, the coordinating, the cleaning, etc. It doesn’t directly lead to growth, but rather it fertilizes the ground so that the seeds can grow well. Motivation is needed to take care of these tasks. Do you get inspired to clean the kitchen? Not really, right? You can get motivated to clean the kitchen because you told yourself that you could get a dessert at the end if you did. That latter scenario makes more sense.
This is just scratching the surface and I’ll continue putting these thoughts together, but right now I need to buy transistor and get my 5v relay to work.