Motivation – Inspiration – Creativity

Where does inspiration come from? Do you expect inspiration to visit your mindset when required for a project or necessary task?

There is a difference between writing for love of writing; with no deadline, and a topic chosen by yourself; pure joy.

Being required or paid to write an article, or essay is of course different. There is no suggestion that working for a company where writing is part of the job cannot be enjoyable, gaining a sense of accomplishment. Further, potential praise will be rewarding and motivating.

Writing about a specific topic demands discipline and time-awareness.  This certainly does not mean shadowing natural abilities or creativity.

Writing as a task may not suit everyone. although some folk will be energized by a deadline and topic chosen by another. A commercial demand; subject, deadline and bound by a number of words.

Writing is a highly personal experience. Writing for love of writing can be a vehicle to spontaneous inspiration and creativity. Another level of consciousness. People don’t tend to write for a career unless they enjoy writing.

There are aspects of creative writing that mirror painting. Indeed, both have strong elements of creativity.  An artist’s brush is a writer’s pen.

Whether an artist decides what to paint, or receives inspiration from senses outside the confines of a disciplined mindset, is open to interpretation. We are all unique; different. As two artists create a painting of a flower, both creations will be different. As a writer creates an essay describing the same flower will result can in a different interpretation. Hence both skills require freedom of energy and creativity as well as inspiration.

Inspiration manifests itself within the heart without a second’s thought.

Topics could be describing ancient buildings, ruins, Cathedrals, or whatever you find stimulates inspiration and ultimately creativity.

Walking in the countryside is my favorite topic. Why? There is such a lot going on; birdsong, rippling river, views of distant hills stimulating the senses; sight, hearing, scent, and being at one with the environment. Such feelings stimulate inspiration, ultimately creating pure relaxation and oneness with Nature and Universe.  A form of meditation.

Visiting another dimension, another level of consciousness. Heart and mind should be in harmony. At one with what you seek in life.  What is expected?

Does it matter if goals are dreams, perhaps detached from reality? Ideally, your mission should be straightforward and feasible. However, what if it fails to materialize?  What can you do? How can you revitalize the energy and mission?

There are two thoughts. Firstly choose a doable task that you know is possible to achieve. This will stimulate your heart and facilitate a feeling of success regardless of complexity or simplicity.

This will create positivity, self-confidence, and potentially creativity and inspiration.

Why? The can-do element is released and strengthened, taking on with confidence to achieve the goal. Successfully concluding a basic task does have a positive effect, even though basic.

Do your dreams, your fantasies welcome your gut feeling or sixth sense telling you a project or ambition is impossible? Or do initial thoughts motivate you to at least try?

Do your dreams become fantasies and ultimately reality becomes a mission not impossible? Should there be any form of motivation, however seemingly limited offer at least a pathway to succeed? Positivity and self-belief play a crucial rôle. Be aware that having succeeded with a relatively minor mission, you have proved you have the ability to at least try.  Go with it. Don’t think of potential failure.

Think about what you will learn in the process and how you can positively apply those lessons for a following project. Thus the heart and mind can combine to transform fantasy into reality.

Fantasy is not always an earthbound phenomenon. It could be transformed into an imaginary flight with swans. What has this to do with succeeding with a mission or project or something you have always dreamed about? It releases the heart, gaining what can be enlivening and inspiring. Reaching heights previously not experienced. Meditation. Sitting outside absorbing Nature’s awesome ability to lift and provide a sense of fantasy.

Now flying with swans is not a physical possibility, but allows senses and heart moments of joyous fantasy. Down to earth, not saddened leaving swans to continue their journey. But revitalised as even a fantasy created by unlimited levels of meditation generate positivity. Everything is possible. At least try! Observing a swan nesting, it’s life-partner alert to risks and takes over the task of protecting future signets. Providing food, companionship, and working together.  Instinct.

You may well wonder what swans have to do with converting thoughts of achievement into potential reality.

Swans fly gracefully following a most dramatic takeoff.  Think of a supersonic Concord. Everyone in the vicinity gathers round to watch such a spectacular sight.

Liftoff! At first, moving across water, then takeoff; a most dramatic sight.. Hidden energy.  Landing is no less dramatic! Observing such grandeur can only lift the spirit. An uplifted heart can only be positive. And positivity generates the can-do spirit. Observing such magnificence can stimulate a positive state of mind.

Perhaps not everyone can gear up to such a meditational stimulus, but costs nothing to try.

You have to find some swans first and even if they don’t takeoff, their grace will bless heart and soul.

Can fantasy deliver unrealistic dreams? Everyone is unique. Observing such beauty, gentility and dynamism can create a mindset to go back to the desk or team or whatever is appropriate and go for it!

Project your energy, and enthusiasm and convert a dream into reality. And your reality will create positivity and collective positivity is wonderfully infectious.

Meditation opens, and lifts you to a can-do attitude to life. You can wake up after a dream with answers.

Dreams can emancipate wishes. Flying with swans. Not confined to earthbound limitations. But spirits of energy. The reality of our wonderful natural world.

Gentle meditation, inspiring creativity, and ultimately the completion of an essay or painting. Describing a flower, painting a flower. There is synergy. Pick up a pen or brush and release the heart.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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    • Dear Larry,

      Thank you for your comments. Nothing like a fountain pen! The only tech element being copying it onto a computer.

  1. Enjoyed greatly reading your post, Simon.

    There is synchronicity in our thinking,. In your post you wrote “Writing is a highly personal experience. Writing for love of writing can be a vehicle to spontaneous inspiration and creativity.”.

    Spontaneity versus planning is the theme of my next post submitted yesterday to BZCATALYST, I did not include writing in the post directly, but your post serves as a great example of what I concluded. We are on the same wave

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