The Vicious Cycle of Inspiration
> Inspiration > Motivation > Action > Inspiration > Motivation > Action >
This is a concept I stumbled upon whilst recently reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck”. And right now, I feel that cycle bringing me to a standstill. I’m not sure what to do, so I don’t do anything.
Let me give you a little insight: I’ve recently moved to Switzerland, to a fairly isolated spot in the mountains and i’m in a creative dry spell. I’m not sure of my direction and so i’ve gone into desperate search of inspiration, answers and hopefully motivation into action.
But that’s just the thing. I’m stuck on the outside of the feedback loop; paralysed by the fear of starting something not right, lacking focus, drive and inspiration to even start creating the motivation to promote action.
Putting off actual doing with “fun” tasks followed by episodes of Limitless doesn’t seem to be quite doing the trick - despite the trigger of neuro-enhanced scenarios flooding my brain (thanks Bradley Cooper).
I spend hours trawling the internet and Instagram for inspiration - somehow expecting that I’ll stumble across a “Eureka!” moment and that will catapult me into action; knowing in that moment exactly what I should be doing with my life and following my passion down the rabbit hole until I find wonderland.
But what if that’s just not very realistic. What if the only real way to enter the cycle is to just do? Try something? Take a small step? See what comes up? How it feels? Then maybe inspiration will arise. Perhaps some motivation to take another step.
It seems that when we don’t know what to do, we often flap, ignoring actually doing anything incase it’s the wrong thing. We convince ourselves that by not doing anything, we’re avoiding the inevitable embarrassment of it being the wrong path and saving ourselves the heartache of being back at square one.
But the more i look at it, the more I see it; we have hundreds of paths - some expected, some unexpected, some easy, some more difficult - but it seems whichever one we walk is bound to lead us to somewhere. Somewhere to learn, lean in and flow, or to simply challenge what we’ve found.
So maybe the thing to do is just do. Start a project, get out there, thrust ourselves into life and see what comes back. So that’s exactly what i’m doing here. I’m starting by writing openly about my experiences. I’m not sure what it means or if it’s of any value to anyone. But i’m starting. And as we know, action can produce inspiration, which can create motivation and then some more action. So here we go!