Inspiration is everywhere. Ah, but whether you stop and notice, that’s the issue.
Mindlessly watching television, I found the end of a tennis tournament. Suddenly, there’s Kevin Spacey being interviewed. Quick blurb. “Defeat, failure, falling on your face, falling on your ass are the only things that teach you how to win.”
That applies to us all. Does it inspire you?
Read it again.
“Defeat, failure, falling on your face, falling on your ass are the only things that teach you how to win.”
Heck yeah it inspires whether you’re running the next marathon, competing for a client’s business, or writing your first novel. Or your next novel. Or your short story.
A few days alter, Inspiration surprised me while walking through the boy’s department in a popular store. I snapped a picture.
What inspires you? Whatever it is, take advantage of it. If it’s a sign on Pinterest or the World Cup stage or a blurb in a magazine. Use it. Make a copy. Put it in your office or in your kitchen where you love to write. PUT IT UP. See it every day. We are visual creatures. Remind yourself that what you are doing is important. What you are doing is important. Do I have to say it again?
In an earlier blog, I took a picture of a tiny plant driving itself up through the concrete to about three inches on the side of the street where I walk everyday. The picture stayed on my board for a year.
The other evening I discovered the same plant like a familiar friend. It had come back and was bigger and stronger. I walked past it. Had second thoughts. Then I turned around with my iPhone and snapped a current picture.
It reminded me where I’d been last year. The umpteenth draft. Now I was finished with my book. I felt miles ahead of where I was last year. And the plant was a visual reinforcement. It made me feel stronger. It made me proud of myself.
Just think of inspiration as a coming attraction.
“”Coming Soon. Inspiration. “”
Don’t wait for it.
But, do watch for it.