Staying motivated and connected to your work on a daily basis isn’t easy. Some days you wake up feeling inspired and ready to go and the creativity just flows. And other times it’s hard and feels kind of like being stuck in the mud. It might be a day where you get easily distracted or just feel seriously unmotivated.
Let me just say there’s no magic cure. Life just works that way – some days will just feel better than others. But I’ve found that if I start my morning in a positive way with my daily practice, exposing myself to something inspiring and taking some time to honor my spirit, it makes a huge difference. It sets a foundation, and can help to shift me out of an otherwise negative mindset or bad mood. I also find that it really benefits my creativity. It also helps me to harness it in a deeper and more meaningful way.
Here’s the thing: if you don’t set up your day with intention, you’ll be subject to whatever comes your way from the outer world from the minute you rise. If you wake up and immediately start checking email, your day (and mind) will get carried away by the needs and wants of others. You have to work on feeling good first thing in the morning and make it your priority. And make it a jumping-off point for the rest of your day.
Each morning, you have to decide how you want to feel and be intentional about grounding yourself. Find ways to connect to the deeper you each day. I find that having a daily practice is like a little promise to my soul. It’s time for my spirit to be honored and heard. And it allows more of that part of me to show up in my work and life.
Connect to Your Creativity
Inspiration and creativity can be tricky to capture. In the book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about an idea she had for a novel that she kept putting off writing. She explains that eventually she just lost her motivation to write that book. The inspiration and creativity went away. As she says “inspiration nudges you and then eventually moves on”. Ideas will come to you, but know that if you don’t capture them and act on them, they’ll eventually disappear.
Sometimes this is just meant to happen. You’re not meant to run with every creative idea. But, the problem is when this happens repeatedly and none of your creativity comes to fruition. So it’s key to have dedicated time each day to connect with you deeper self and allow your creativity to flow.
Putting it to Practice
If you have a busy day and don’t have to have tons of time each day, even just a few minutes in the morning can work to set the tone. When you first begin a practice, one of the key things is to just do it each day to build the habit. Even five minutes of quiet time or meditation can help.
My typical morning practice is some combination of reading, journaling/writing, and meditating. I grab a cup of coffee, light a candle, and turn on some relaxing music. Another really powerful practice I’ve been loving lately is to read over my mission and purpose, which I have written in my journal so I can get to it easily. I find it so inspiring to be regularly reminded of what I want to create in the world. It gets me excited and inspired, and also helps me to frame my day around doing the things that support my mission.