Today I’m working outside. It’s a beautiful 70 degrees, overcast, and I’m surrounded by rushing water. Plus I have Wifi!
Living in Texas doesn’t give me too many outdoor days to enjoy. So I have to seize the opportunities when they present themselves. It’s inconvenient to work outside. There’s occasional wind, West Nile Virulent mosquitoes, and it looks like it might rain.
But the inspiration I’m getting from my surroundings makes up for all the risks.
It’s important to seek out inspiration whenever it’s available. We need to constantly look for sights, smells, temperatures, sounds – anything that will prime the creative pump and get us ready to make.
Inspiration isn’t always convenient. Sometimes we have to make the effort to put ourselves in inspiring situations. We might need to grab an extension cord. We might need to work off slower Wifi connections. We might need to get up earlier than usual and enjoy a fantastic sunrise.
But once we make the effort the inspiration is there. We break the status quo and our minds start functioning clearly again.
It’s all about a break from the tradition. Once we stop changing positions our brain stops adapting. And that adaptation is critical for creativity.
So what are you changing about your environment today? How are you forcing your brain to adapt? It might take something simple or it might be complex, but make it happen today.