Where do you get inspiration? I’m a big believer that you find inspiration anywhere you happen to be looking when you start looking for inspiration. You just need one little element: quiet time.
That is, time all by you and yourself. No CDs, no headphones, no radio, no nothing. Just you.
Here’s an example.
Not too long ago I was checking my email early in the morning while putting on my walking shoes. A friend wrote me from Canada about a problem he was having with his business. He asked me to post my thoughts on my Small Biz Thoughts blog.
Then I went for a walk.
I don’t carry a pencil and paper. But I also don’t carry an MP3 player, CD player, or cell phone. I just have my thoughts.
So I walked.
And when I got back to my house, I sat down and wrote a whole blog post on the requested topic.
Time and again, we find that when we stop working on a problem and just “turn our brains off,” the solution comes to us. This is a well-known human trait: Stop thinking about a problem and let your unconscious mind do it’s job.
The piece that seems to be missing for some people is that You can stop thinking whenever you want to. You can schedule daily time to sit quietly for 15 minutes. Or take a jog. Or ride a bike. Or paint, or knit, or whittle.
The key to quieting your mind is that you need to either turn off all distractions or block them out.
Our minds and our lives are filled with busy-ness. Life will rarely slow down or stop unless you slow it down or stop it. Don’t wait for that to happen: make it happen.
Schedule some time to just live quietly with your thoughts each day: You’ll be amazed at what you come up with!