Blank slate? Two tips on how to tap your inspo.
Building a company is more a creative process than it is anything else. So what do you do when you wake up to a world of possibility every day? You have a blank slate and now you need to find the inspiration and motivation to build, draw, paint, make something great.
Here’s how I start.
Let’s unpack these words first:
Inspiration: the process of being mentally simulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Motivation: the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Conclusion: inspiration is a process of allowing yourself to become motivated. I actively use two levers in my creative process to cultivate creativity. Two things - curiosity and space.
Instead of looking for inspiration, I lean into curiosity.
I am notoriously curious. I love to craft better questions. I spend a lot of my time with different people through, connecting in my network and discussing Petalfox. I openly present our current challenges to strangers in hopes their world view might unearth a new solution.
I find that most people love to solve other people’s problems. It is magically built into our DNA. When one person articulates a challenge, another human automatically starts trying to solve it - either mentally or verbally. I love that we own that super-power. I try to harness it at every turn.
As a founder, it can be difficult to see yourself and your business with fresh eyes. Surrounding yourself regularly with other people can bring much needed perspective.
Rather than conjuring up motivation, I like to give myself more space.
I have learned that I can’t be creative without downtime. I actively cultivate creativity by giving myself a blank canvas and few creative constraints. I believe in curating physical spaces - each with a different sacred purpose.
I don’t sit in the same chair or at the same desk to write, as I do to work. I try to work with my hands when I’m not at my computer, so that my mind is free to engage in a different kind of work. I also find that my mind works differently with a pen and paper than it does while typing on a keyboard.
I believe in granting yourself a mental void and curating a physical environment with the intent of preparing a mental state. This fosters a concept of sacred spaces. Try it!
✨ 🎶 The song I have on repeat this week 🎶 ✨