I love feeling inspired. Inspiration makes me feel motivated, it triggers meaningful experiences and deeper thought. It encourages me to grow in my craft and makes me feel alive. I wholeheartedly believe that you don’t have to wait for inspiration to strike. Stumbling upon inspiration is lucky, but not reliable because you’ll never know when that moment hits. Inspiration can be a constant part of your reality and work flow if only you decide to take an active role in strengthening and maintaining its existence in your life!
Creating good work takes effort. There is no shortcut, you need to grind and really try everyday to better your craft and strengthen your growth as an artist. Why wouldn’t it be the same with fostering inspiration? I have no doubt that inspiration is like a muscle. You have to constantly work towards it and be in search of it. The more you train yourself to feel inspired in a regular manner, the more you’ll find your sense of inspiration strengthened and the more performance you’ll get out of it so to speak!
So how can you actively find and maintain inspiration?
The first step is to learn more about yourself. Understand what your interests and curiosities naturally are. Once that becomes clear, you can uncover the messages that you want to say much more easily and better understand how to translate that into your work. So follow your curiosities with reckless abandon.
Once you understand your own curiosities, practice making associations about the “WHY” to practice thinking more introspectively. If you can train yourself to think about what your preferences and choices are, you’ll understand how to make your mind move forward and find inspiration in much easier ways.
I also find that allocating time for reflection and brainstorming is extremely effective. Especially when combined with writing down your thoughts and ideas that form. Keeping track of my ideas and bits of inspiration helps me tremendously in training myself to feel inspired. It provides me the opportunity to go back and use those musings later on.
Liat Aharoni is a photographer that specializes in weddings and surreal portraiture. Her style is artistic and emotive. She is inspired by the unconventional and strive to create magic in all her work.
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