Chasing Inspiration: Setting the Right Conditions for Inspiration to Strike

by Linn Vizard

posted on 07-27-2017

Inspiration has many mythical and mysterious qualities. We often use terms like ‘inspiration striking’, ‘ah-ha’ or ‘light bulb’ moments. While it’s incredibly satisfying when an idea hits us in an enlightening flash, for those of us in creative professions those moments are far too inconsistent to rely on.

Here’s the (simplified) science bit – inspiration is a result of neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to continue to find new connections and neural pathways over time. When the brain makes new connections, inspiration hits – seeing things in a new light.

So, how can you increase your chances of inspiration striking more frequently? What are the conditions that invite inspiration in? Read on…

Inspiration Ain’t Nothing But a State of Mind

Creating the mental conditions for inspiration involves finding the states of mind that work best for you.

Your Body is Your Inspiration Temple

Your physical state can certainly have an impact on how inspired you feel, as the body and mind are intimately connected.

Wherever You Go for Inspiration – There You Are

What’s around you will influence your ideas and creativity. Findings environments that spark inspiration goes a long way.

When inspiration does not come to me, I go halfway to meet it.


The concept of inspiration has its roots in Greek ideas of divine Muses who orchestrated human creations. It was thought to come directly from the gods. Hopefully with some of these tips, you won’t have to wait for divine inspiration to come to you – you’ll be able to go get it!

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