Wake Your Sleeping Muse

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.

Just recently I read a post titled Coming out of Hiding in which Allison, the author, and I exchanged genuine back-and-forths which resulted in her words giving me the nudge I needed.

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.

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About Eric Ungs

Eric Ungs writes about a journey of intentional self growth, nudging you to let go; to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and honest with yourself so you can give your best self to others. Author of 10 Incredible Ways to Live a Fulfilling and Joyful Life ebook.

2 Comments

  1. longandluxe

    Eric,

    I think I held my breath the entire time I was reading this. Your article is so meaningful to me and it was like “boom, yes, boom, exactly, boom, yes!” Everything, everything you write here is something I believe in with my whole heart and it speaks volumes about your creative genius. I love this article something fierce. It’s the gentle vigor, the quiet brave that resonates deep. Thank you so much for that. (Have you ever seen Liz Gilbert’s TED talk about the creative genius? Sheer brilliance.)

    “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.” This is something I’m working on, too. You hit it right on, my friend. I often dwell on how much I need to do and when I feel scattered, coming back to center is absolutely crucial. I think this is why my spiritual / meditation practice goes hand in hand with my writing. I can get to one without the other.
    I cannot wait to listen to The Good Life Project! It sounds like my jam! Love hearing from inspirational folks. Just curious, have you read Pressfield’s The War Of Art? Freaking game changer for a writer. He talks about resistance and I have read it five times. At least. I keep it near me all the time.
    I cannot tell you how excited and blessed I feel that we’ve connected through our creative endeavors. You inspire me tremendously.
    Keep rocking the good stuff.
    Peace to you,
    Allison

    1. I am right there with you. I too dwell on the things that I need to get done, or writing deadlines that are fast approaching. When I dwell on these things the creativeness and authenticity of the work seeps to dissipate. Then dwelling on it more and more I invite resistance to take over so I can have excuses to not do the work. But, going back to the purpose on WHY I started this in the first place lights that something inside.

      You will love The Good Life Project. Go back to the archives and start with the people you know. Maybe Brene Brown, Lewis Howse, Seth Godin, Danielle LaPorte, etc. You’ll love it! I go back to the War of Art often; when resistance and lack of focus/drive creeps in. Such a great resources for writers.

      Thank you for the wonderfully kind words. I am grateful for how the universe of the interwebs has connected us. Keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll chat soon 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. The best is yet to come.

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