Before I dive into the concept of inspiration, let me shed some light on my journey as a writer. You see, I’ve been writing for a long time, but I’ve only recently started calling myself a writer.
Why? Because I feel I’ve earned the title for myself. I’ve worked for it. I write often. I write consistently. I write when I feel like writing. And most importantly (and most often), I write when I don’t feel like writing.
If I only wrote when I felt inspired to, I wouldn’t be able to call myself a writer, because I would rarely write.
Sure, you’d probably do your job well when you did show up, but how long would it take for your boss to realize your extended absence?
What if you used this excuse in other contexts?
“I can’t clean the house today. I don’t feel like it.”
“I couldn’t pick you up from school today. I wasn’t in the zone to get in my car.”
No dice. We don’t wait for inspiration to get things done… Or do we?
“I wanted to follow my dream, but I couldn’t find the right opportunity.”
“I didn’t achieve my goals, because I didn’t follow through.”
Do these sound familiar?
In the words of Classical Composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.” You too are an artist. Your work—in whatever its form—is your creation. Are your hands folded?
If so, I have some (unfortunate) news for you:
You wouldn’t believe the number of times I’ve heard people say they want to write a book or start a blog, but they “can’t write” because they “can’t get in the zone.” I don’t know what “zone” these people think other writers magically transport themselves into, but I’m here to tell you that writing something doesn’t come from being “in the zone.” It comes from writing.
In the words of late writer and activist, Maya Angelou, “Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it.” Waiting until the “right” moment, feeling, or mindset is nothing but procrastination. Maybe it’s due to fear, self-doubt, or uncertainty. Maybe you’re waiting for someone to jump on board or the right opportunity to fly by.
Whatever the reason, waiting doesn’t make things happen—doing does. Ready to stop waiting and start working? Start taking the necessary steps to cook up your own inspiration.