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Are You Taking Inspired Action?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

 

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You know that idea that comes to you from who knows where? What are you doing with it? Do you cast it aside? Do you mull it over? Do you write it down so you don’t lose it? Do you take action because of it?

 

Some years back I read The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale, and he wrote about inspired action. He said it was “any action that you take based on an inside nudge.” In a sense, it is acting on your intuition or that little voice inside that is talking to you. We all have those experiences.

 

So where do you find these inspired ideas? One of my sisters says she gets hers on her daily run. Another finds her ideas when she is wandering around a museum. I often come up with ideas – great and not so great – during my morning walk or when I am sitting on the deck at our home on the Chesapeake Bay or when I walk to the mailbox and back. (It is a very long driveway!) You might find yours soaking in the tub after a long day or hiking in the woods or gardening, in other words, someplace that is not your office or studio. I think Julia Cameron’s artist date can do this for you, too. It takes you outside your normal surroundings.

 

That is one key, getting away from your normal, i.e., comfortable surroundings.

 

Another idea is to try some of the same, but from a different perspective. For example, if your ideas often come on a walk in the woods, try a different route. Or change up the time so you walk in the morning when you usually walk in the afternoon. You will open yourself up to looking at things differently, and new ideas will come.

 

A third tip to encourage inspired ideas is to be more mindful. Take time to notice and appreciate what is right in front of you. For me, a short meditation practice opens me up to being more present and that lets me see more ideas. It’s not surprising that if we pay more attention, we are open to more ideas. You never know, the inspired idea might just comes from a sign on a highway.

 

No matter where the inspiration comes from, if you are not in the position to take immediate action, you will need to keep a pad or a digital recorder handy. You might also use a notes app on your phone. I find I often need to make a quick note of the idea, in case I am distracted. I can’t count the numbers of great ideas that disappeared.

 

When I explained this idea to one of my clients, she asked how she could be more open to receiving opportunities for inspired action beyond the three tips? I said that you have to be clear on what your intentions are first, the clearer the better. Then when you get those nudges, pay attention, and look for coincidences.

 

When the idea comes to you, what do you do with it? Sometimes you just move forward, trusting it is the right the thing to do. Other times it is important to ask if the idea will move your toward your goal or vision or intention. If the answer is yes, then get to work – take inspired action.

 

As I said, we all have those “inside nudges” prompting us to take action. The problem is we can talk ourselves out of them – too little time, too little money, too little whatever. I call it self-sabotage. I think we need to learn to trust that inner voice a bit more.

 

When was the last time you took inspired action? Where did it come from? I would love to hear about your thoughts below or on the ICAP Facebook or Google+ pages.

 

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5 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Creativity Inspired
Do you ever bump up against inspiration and/or creativity blocks? I think it happens to all of us at some point. Here are some of my favorite ways to get back on track:

1. Get out of the studio and go shopping. No, I don’t mean buy more fabric, paints, threads. I mean go window shopping. And bring along a small journal. Sketch some designs that inspire you, note unusual color combinations that you like, and make notes about a new technique you see. Don’t just poke around quilt or fiber shops. Try antique shops, art shops, galleries, etc.

2. Since I’m on vacation this week, I’ll add that new surroundings are great for inspiring new ideas. Historic homes and gardens offer ideas. Shells on the beach or landscapes you don’t see at home can lead to inspiration. Earlier this spring I was in Cape May Point, NJ, and we stopped and took photos of old boating paraphernalia, as the textures were inspiring. So be sure to pack your cameras!

3. Take a class or get together with other quilt artists. This could be as simple as going to a local guild and viewing show and tell. You might also find a small group to join. And, don’t limit yourself to quilt or fiber classes. Try a watercolor or other painting class, jewelry making or photography, something outside your realm.

4. Start an inspiration journal or file. I have a file folder where I keep photos of quilts, rooms, words and sayings, floral arrangements. Anything that inspires me – or makes me smile – goes in the folder. It’s a resource I can turn to to awake my creative juices.

5. Relax. Do something for your inner self. For example, a walk in the woods, a bike ride to the lake with a picnic, a bubble bath can all have the effect of just clearing your mind so you’re open to something new.

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Are You Taking Inspired Action?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

DSC02849bDuring our PQ Café Business Series call last month with Debbie LaChusa, we talked a bit about taking inspired action. Debbie said this is where the magic happens. You need to be open to inspired ideas and taking inspired actions as a result.

Some years back I read The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale, and he also wrote about inspired action. He said it was “any action that you take based on an inside nudge.” In a sense, it’s acting on your intuition or that little voice inside that’s talking to you. We all have those experiences.

So where do you find these inspired ideas? Debbie said she gets hers on her daily run. I often come up with ideas – great and not so great – during my morning walk or when I take a break in the afternoon with a cup of tea away from my office or when I walk to the mailbox and back. (It’s a very long driveway!) You might find yours soaking in the tub after a long day or hiking in the woods or gardening, in other words, someplace that’s not your office or studio. I think Julia Cameron’s artist date can do this for you, too. It takes you outside your normal surroundings.

One tip, here, keep a pad or a digital recorder handy, if possible. I find I often need to make a quick note of the idea, in case I’m distracted. I can’t count the numbers of great ideas that disappeared.

When the idea comes to you, what do you do with it? Sometimes you just move forward, trusting it’s the right the thing to do. Other times it’s important to ask if the idea will move your toward your goal or vision or intention. If the answer is yes, then get to work – take inspired action.

As I said, we all have those “inside nudges” prompting us to take action. Problem is we can talk ourselves out of them – too little time, too little money, too little whatever. I call it self-sabotage. I think we need to learn to trust that inner voice a bit more.

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