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Uninspired Is Not An Excuse

If you get paid to make stuff: Writing, photography, design, the lack of inspiration doesn’t give you permission to make sub-par work. It’s too easy to blame lack of inspiration. It’s easy because it’s not on us…. but it is. It is because we didn’t create the value we promised we could create. Uninspired or not, that has to happen.

I have felt uninspired. I have felt burned out. I’ve felt these things but at the end of the day, I know I have to make something that is equal or greater to what I promised I could make when I put all those images in my portfolio. Uninspired is not an excuse.

It’s not an excuse because we know what to do about the inspiration problem. So what do we do? Have a plan going in.

Taking responsibility for your creativity is part of what being a creative professional is all about. Do something intentional this week to feed your creativity and then, make a plan to do something every week on purpose.

I love this quote from Todd Henry in The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant At A Moments Notice.

“You need to create space for your creative process to thrive rather than expect it to operate in the cracks of your frenetic schedule.”
― Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

There’s no guarantee that you’ll always show up and knock it out of the park, but you can be more prepared to. It won’t just happen. You can experience that spark of insight and inspiration more often if we chase after it on purpose.

Happy Wednesday!

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