We all know burnout. We know the pains of overworking of feeling stretched too thin. We know the struggle of trying to do everything perfectly and make everyone happy and feeling like we always fall short.
But, what about those times where we aren't necessarily working too much and the demands on us aren't actually that intense yet, we have a hard time waking up and making it all happen each day.
Slowly the fire in us begins to fade and every step taken in our work feels like we are walking through a thigh-high mud puddle in a pair of galoshes.
There's nothing to be taken away. There's no one to please. No new boundaries to set.
Here we are, tired and overwhelmed and detached.
We get a project rolling and then we do our best to maintain. We have good days and we have bad days and all the while we are maintaining.
Shouldn't we be happy? Shouldn't we be content?
The thing that most of us forget is that when you are living an intentional life and running a creative business, there is a key element that we need to keep tending to. It's the element that makes us our million dollar ideas, that gets us out of bed each day engaged and alive and participating, it's the element that makes all of the hard work feel like child's play and a no brainer. It's kind of a big deal.
That key element that often gets overlooked is INSPIRATION.
You see, we tend to only seek inspiration when we are starting something new. When we are engaged in the process of creating. Then we toss it to the side until we think we need it again.
This is what causes us to think that we need to constantly start new projects and blossom new ideas because, inspiration feels GOOD. It's sexy, it's inviting and it'll get you high. Some of us we chase that high by constantly pursuing new ideas and allowing inspiration to flow.
But, the secret is that inspiration is needed even more to maintain.
So you've got a good thing going. You have a business or a project that is stable and sustainable. But, you're depleted and drained and tired.
Take a class on basket weaving, get some coaching, go to the art museum, create shorter workdays for yourself, take a road trip, dip your toes in some water, whatever you need to feel ALIVE again. Give that to yourself.
You will be surprised by how much pouring into your inspiration tank will feed the status quo of your existence.
What can you do today to feed your inspiration?
Your business and your life will thank you for it!