Inspiration Comes Beforehand

We consistently speak about the need for creativity and innovation — yet we rarely speak about the elements that come beforehand. Feeling inspired is a vital element in our work lives. However, it is often written off as an esoteric concept that cannot be well understood. Without inspiration so many things would have never come to be.

Inspiration possesses 3 main components: evocation (it overtakes us, rather than being found), transcendence (the vision rises above our usual constraints and the status quo) and approach orientation (it moves/compels us toward the goal of exploration and expression). Moreover, inspiration differs from the concepts of insight and creativity.

Think of inspiration this way — insight is the problem solving component, creativity nurtures idea formation and inspiration drives the actualization of those ideas into action/products.

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. — Thomas Edison

Inspiration somehow brings us to a place we’ve never visited — possibly to the crossroads of thought and experience. Some of us are inspired by what we read in books. Some of us by nature. Others in works of art or architecture. We should try to become mindful of the elements that personally inspire us — as that spark of inspiration may be the beginning of our next, great chapter.

Summing-up: Inspiration can be defined as a new and better way of answering a question, or solving a problem. It’s the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

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