When You’re Feeling Uninspired

I’m not feeling particularly inspired today. I don’t even want to write anything on this blog.

I’ve learned two vital lessons about what to do at times like these when I’m feeling uninspired. One is from Steven Pressfield, and the other is from Anne Lamott (via Ben Arment).

The first is this: Fight through the Resistance. Author of The War of Art Steven Pressfield explains in his book that there is a force warring against your creativity. It is called “the Resistance,” and it wants to keep you from your destiny.

You need to get up every day, expecting resistance, and fight through it.

You need to not wait for inspiration, but do your part by showing up. It’s up to the Muse to do the rest.

The second way to deal with lack of inspiration is this: Acknowledge the difference between feeling “blocked” and being empty. Lamott posits that what we call “writer’s block” may, in fact, be something dramatically different.

We may, in fact, be spiritually and emotionally empty.

If that’s the case, the last course of action you’d want to pursue would be to simply push through the block. Because you’re not blocked. You’re empty, and you need to fill up. You need to step away from your work and do something that fills you up, that leaves you inspired.

Depending on what’s going on today, there may be two reasons for your feeling uninspired. One may be a real case of the Resistance — your own laziness, outside distractions, or some other negative force keeping you from making a difference. If that’s the case, you only have one choice: show up, do the work.

However, if you’re feeling empty, be careful. You could waste hours sitting in front of a computer screen or with a guitar on your lap. If this is the case, you may need to step away and go do something that fills you up — play with your kids, listen to music, or go for a run.

But don’t be fooled; Resistance is still waiting to snatch you up. Once you’re full again, get right back at it.

What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?

One Comment on “When You’re Feeling Uninspired”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jeff Goins, Paul Martin. Paul Martin said: When needing inspiration. http://bit.ly/eO3UAv check with Jeff Goins. Guerilla thinker. […]

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