how I find motivation and inspiration

Hey guys!

So, I'm gonna be honest with you here - I'm not sure I'm the most qualified person when it comes to writing about this topic.

I don't always feel motivated and I don't always feel inspired.
There are times in which all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch random videos on YouTube.

But maybe that's what qualifies me, because I always manage to pull myself out of those holes?
I don't know.

As someone who works in a creative field and works mostly alone, I do know the struggle of rather wanting to spendi time on the couch. It takes a lot of will-power and discipline to kick your own butt and to actually follow through with your plan of action.

I've been doing this for a few years and I think I have my go-to backup plan if my motivation and inspiration take the high road.

Please keep in mind though that nobody can tell you the exact formula to an inspired and motivated life - we're all different and need different approaches.

So here are my tips!

1. visuals for inspiration
I'm big on visuals. I love photography and find visual art extremely powerful.
So I love following brilliant photographers and people who portray important and inspiring messages in their photos.
Social Media makes it so easy to find inspiration, and I think especially Instagram and Pinterest are holy grails when it comes to visual inspo.

I have private accounts on both platforms, which I use just to find art that sparks that creative flame in me - and I highly recommend it to everyone who reacts to visuals.
(This could also work with YouTube/vimeo, if you are a filmmaker or are looking for self-help videos.)

2. vision boards for motivation
This one's for the motivation side of things. Pretty much every YouTuber ever talks about them - vision boards. And, probably just like you, I used to roll my eyes pretty much every time I heard the word.

Why would a collage of pictures motivate me?
Well, because it reminds you of what you want - and it shows you what your life/career could look like - if you got your butt off of your couch and actually worked for it.
Personally, I have a digital vision board on Pinterest - but if you're an oldschool gal/pal, go for the tradional prints.

3. surround yourself with inspiring people
Yeah, I know, it sounds pretty life coach-esque and maybe a bit dramatic.
But apparently the five people you interact with the most, are the ones who influence us the most.
Unfortunately that can mean that if you hang around rather unmotivated and uninspired people, you might become one too.

That doesn't mean you can't be around those people (if they happen to be people you care about!), maybe just look for people who have the same drive and visions you have - form a community.
And if you don't have those people around you, find them online - there are so many forums and groups in which you can find like-minded people. Good luck!

4. set goals and revisted them
We all know that typical January 1st; we write long lists of things we want to change or achieve and then we put them somewhere and forget what we initially wanted to change. Out of sight, out of mind.

So in order to stay on top of things, remind yourself of those goals and revisit your list whenever you need to. Sometimes it's even cool to reevaluate and even change your mind.
But really, keep your goals where you can see them - it doesn't have to be in the form of a vision board, it can even just be a simple list you keep on your desk.

5. learn new skills
This is a big one for me - whenever I learn a new skill, I feel so much more excited about everything I do, because I remember how satisfying it is to master a new craft.

You'll partly feel like a new person and you'll remember how good it feels to be motivated.
I usually learn a lot via YouTube - there are tutorials for pretty much everything - and they're free.
So what stops you from learning?

6. new project
I'll be honest, before we started organising the HITS x Berlin gig late last year, I felt a bit lost and didn't know where exactly I wanted to take things.
But once I had this project to work on, everything else made sense again and I felt like it all had purpose.

Needless to say that I was on a constant high, especially after the gig.
So my advice is - if you're feeling stuck in a rut, refresh your excitement levels by taking on a new project - it doesn't even have to be huge.

7. bite the bullet first
We all know those tasks - the ones that we constantly push away because we don't want to do them. They're uncomfortable, they're annoying and we'd rather forget about them.

Well, get uncomfortable - because that's when you'll actually get shit done.
Once you are doing the things you don't want to be doing, you'll actually realise that you are capable of doing what's uncomfortable - which will then motivate you to keep going.
You see the cycle you'll be falling into, right?

Those are my little tips of how you'll hopefully find motivation and inspiration.
I hope they helped you in some way.

And if all fails, just run on the spot and kick your own butt - that should work too.

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jetwash


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