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“When you’ve got a case of the blahs, seeing someone you admire being successful may just help you fire up your own creative juices.”
–Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D., Psychology Today
Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. of Psychology Today wrote a great article a few years ago about finding inspiration when you need it the most. Whitbourne cites research by Texas A&M University Commerce’s Daniel Chadborn and Stephen Reysen (2016) who explored the idea of how seeing yourself as similar to someone else can inspire you to reach for greater heights. However, in addition to spotting similarities, you also need to see the other person as having greater status or some other quality that you wish you had.
Whitbourne examined the findings from Chadborn and Reysen and provided 8 tips on how you can motivate yourself. I’ve highlighted them below but you can read the full article in more detail here.
- Don’t give up on yourself when you can’t seem to get inspired
- Accept that it’s OK, and maybe even advisable, to look to others for sources of inspiration
- Take a mental break to allow yourself to refocus
- Use spontaneity to your advantage
- Read something
- Team up with others
- Realize that there are just some times in life when you won’t feel very inspired
- Break your inspiration down into manageable pieces