Ever feel like your creative spark has burned out? Like you need a boost of inspiration to get back on track? 

I know when this happens to me, it can be a bit concerning  because I require my creative flame to be on almost all the time—in order to be productive and to accomplish what needs to get done.

How can you get back in your creative zone when that well seems to be empty?

Here are 4 keys that I use to get instant inspiration when I feel burned out, unclear about my direction or simply uninspired:

  • If you are feeling stuck about a project, message or anything really—get up and move away from what you are doing and move your body. There is really (trust me on this) no point in forcing something to happen, if it’s not there. To shift that energy you need to physically move away from it and get up and move. As a writer, sometimes my best work comes after I get up and walk away from the project for awhile (just be careful you aren’t using the walking away as a form of distraction rather than momentary relief)
  • Create a new energy. What does this mean? It means you need to ditch that old energy that was keeping you feeling stuck and replace it with something that inspires you and raises your vibration. Make a list of things that make you feel better, that have an instant effect on your energy. Take a walk, play with your dog, put on music you love, read a book that inspires you, sing, take a shower, go for a run, go to yoga, meditate for 10 minutes, go fishing, eat some chocolate!  Make your own list of things that you know pull you out of a funk.
  • Be commmitted to actually implementing these things that help shift your energy. Just do it! In order to make a change, you have to change the behavior, belief, or feeling. Forcing, pushing and attachment energy won’t inspire and motivate you. They will burn you out and squelch your flame. 
  • Think about your accomplishments no matter how big or small and celebrate those!  I was the queen of self-deprecation. I never gave myself credit for things well done and didn’t take time to give myself a pat on the back for the wins I had achieved in life. Remember to love yourself and let go of the negative self talk.

What does this have to do with living a life you love with the power of choice? Again, it all comes down to a choice.  Even having a lack of inspiration is a choice. No one is forcing us to be uninspired, we are choosing to feel that way. 

To live a truly happy life, where we feel successful, healthy and are living our desires, we need to be discriminating about our choices….right down to our choice to be inspired, or not. 

A life without inspiration is a life without spark, fun and pleasure. Make it a priority to choose to be inspired by your life!

Graciously and Gratefullly!

Carrie Jolie Dale

p.s.  I am taking a small group of women to the South of France this late summer or early Fall ot coincide with my European book launch.  We are putting all the pieces together right now. It will be amazing! Please let us know if you, or someone you know may be interested in heading to Provence to discover more pleasure, passion and purpose in your life—all in one of the most amazing places on earth!