These past couple of weeks have been unproductive, in terms of my writing. Writing typically is a daily activity for me. Though recently, it’s been scattered.
Which, from time-to-time, is okay to let go from all expectations of needing to pump out writing each day.
But, the mindset I was having was filled with excuses. I was extremely tired so I am catching up on my rest or I just wasn’t feeling inspired so I didn’t feel compelled to write.
Then I realized how the muse works. She’s quite strategic like that. Your muse is your creative force and inspiration. She only shows her face after you begin the work. Up until that point she’s merely sleeping.
Here are 4 things you can do to wake your sleeping muse:
Surround yourself with those who inspire you
This is something I have been neglecting recently.
You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Choose those five people wisely. Tweet this!
Surround yourself with the people that you aspire to become, people who are doing amazing things with their body of work; those who are making a difference in your community and beyond.
Meet in an environment that supports the muse, that’s contagious, where you can immediately feel the energy, the inspiration and the hustle in the air.
It’s quite powerful and one of the best things anyone can do for their own muse; to connect with people who inspire you. They are the fuel for your fire. In most cases, you are the same for them.
Read and Listen
Take time to listen to podcasts or audiobooks that you know give off the kind of vibe that will get you off your butt and feet moving forward taking that first.
One of my all-time favorite podcasts for this is The Good Life Project. Jonathan Fields has these intimate conversations with world changers, doers, entrepreneurs. They’ve reached a level of success but the inspiration, the muse, lies within their travels to that point; their story.
We often look at successful ventures, people or projects and compare ourselves to that level. The Good Life Project peels back those layers to get a glimpse of their journey; the blood, sweat and tears they endured during their travels with the muse, and resistance.
It’s also bumping into new people, in person or on the web, unexpectedly, that spark something within you.
Go back to your purpose
When we start a new idea or project, we hit the ground running. Our motivation is through the roof, our focus is purely on the work and the purpose is front and center.
As we get deeper into the project, the purpose that once was the fuel for the fire seems to slip away. We get caught up in the tasks, timelines and deadlines. We lose sight on why we started in the first place.
Going back to your purpose, always, will nudge your sleeping muse. Keep your purpose in front of you at all times. Have it be the first thing you see or read in the morning. Keep you purpose primary.
Do the work
The secret to changing the world; do stuff. – Jeff Goins
Reading this for the first time immediately gave me chills. I’ve been rereading it since. Those simple words throw quite the punch.
It’s the realization that when you look around and all of the stuff you see was made by people just like you and me. The difference is those people actually did the work. They did stuff to wake their muse.
We all have our own muse. She’s just waiting for us to take that first step. Tweet this!
She lives within the work, and the environments in which our work lives, not outside of it. She only awakens when you start to make that first step forward.
Do the work. It will spark that fuel within you. It will wake the muse.