Tips for finding inspiration

By Posted in - Public Relations on January 16th, 2012 0 Comments

Let’s talk about inspiration. How do you get inspired? What inspires you to act? Most often – personally and professionally – our inspiration comes from some person, place or thing that gives us new or changed perspective. And what better day to talk about inspiration than Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – a day celebrating the life of a truly inspirational man.

In the PR world, we’re always planning. While the bulk of our strategic planning has passed (jumping from 2011 to 2012), we’ve moved on to the brainstorming, planning and execution of individual projects and initiatives – all of which requires inspiration. Today, I wanted to share a few ways I find inspiration.

  • Take a walk – Spending all day in front of a computer monitor or at a desk can hinder creativity and inspiration. Sometimes, I find that taking a walk outside can clear my head and motivate me to be more productive. Luckily, I have the beautiful Falls Park right outside my door, but taking a walk in any environment is good for the mind.
  • Read – Words of wisdom often offer me great inspiration. Whether it’s from a historical leader like MLK, Jr. or a respected PR pro, reading success stories and words of wisdom/encouragement from other people is a great way to inspire my creative juices.
  • Listen to music – Like talking a walk, listening to music is a great way I’ve found to clear my head. During brainstorming sessions, ideas fly around so fast, sometimes it’s hard to get a grip on what works and what doesn’t. I’ve found that listening to a song or two by your favorite artist or band is a quick and easy way to clear your head of all the other chatter; while listening to the lyrics of a new song may inspire new ideas.
In closing, I’d like to ask: What do you do to find inspiration?
And in case you’re in need of some inspiration right now, here are a few powerful thought’s from MLK, Jr. –
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.”
“Wemust rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
(Thanks to Seth Godin for sharing these quotes this morning.)

 

 

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