Here are 11 additional sources of inspiration.
1: Other Experts Like You. Who are the leaders in your field? Follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter. Subscribe to their blogs. What are they thinking?
2: Your Mentors. No one gets me unstuck like my most trusted mentors and advisors, some who have been by my side for 20+ years. Who is in your inner circle for inspiration and advice to move through a challenge?
Asking for help is the single most important action for growth. The more we reach out, the faster we move forward.
3: Your Clients. Have you considered how amazing your clients are, and how much they've achieved? And, have you considered the fact that they trust you to move them forward? Client relationships are fountains of inspiration, and perfect reminders of why you do what you do.
4: Your Own Experiences. Chances are you've had some really inspirational experiences. When was the last time you stepped back to look at your own journey? We periodically complete Lifelines in my EO Forum.
If you give yourself the time and space to reflect on your journey, you will surprise yourself with how much you've learned, how much you've overcome, and how much you have evolved.
5: Great Conversations. Have you ever concluded a conversation so energized and recharged that you want to tell the world what you've learned? You should! This happens to me a lot.
To quote one of my most important literary mentors, best-selling author Sam Horn, "Ink it when you think it." These 6 words transformed the way I process my ideas. As soon as I think of a great idea, I use the Notepad feature on my phone to record it.
6: The Gym. Whether you participate in group fitness or go the solo route, there's plenty of inspiration in pushing yourself to your physical brink. I participate in both types of exercise.
My group instructors and classmates always push me farther than I think I can go. When I train alone, I get lost in my own thoughts, which often lead to some great ideas.
7: Meditation. As someone who diligently meditates, experience has proven to me what science tells us. Meditation opens up the circuitry in the brain, and facilitates thought processes that otherwise would not occur. Meditation causes a rush of creativity, while reminding us to release self-limiting beliefs and feelings like fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
8: Nature. What is the place in the world that mentally removes you from your daily stresses? It may be the ocean, the mountains, a lake district, or hiking trails. We all have that magic place that restores us as soon as we see it. Wherever it is for you, when was the last time you visited?
9: Change of Scenery. When I wrote my first book "Built to SCALE," I escaped to a writer's retreat in the mountains of Central Virginia called The Porches. I traveled there two weekends in a row, and wrote for 30 hours each weekend. Changing up our environments, even temporarily, gives us new perspective, and blocks out the daily triggers that impede our creativity.
10: Other Cultures. Other cultures provide a wealth of inspiration. Last summer I read Euphoria by Lily King, an award-winning novel loosely based on the life of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead.
What I assumed would be a nice beach read turned out to be an amazing lesson in cultural anthropology, which I transferred to the organizational culture work I conduct with my clients.
Similarly, when we travel and immerse ourselves in other cultures, we expand the way we view and engage with the world.
11: Obituaries. This may seem morbid, but I read the obituaries. I do this not because I'm afraid of dying. Rather, I'm afraid of not living.
Obituaries share the unique gifts that an individual has developed over a lifetime (no latter how long) and brought to this world. They share a person's journey, and how they have touched those that love them.
A person doesn't need to be famous or wealthy to be remarkable. Every obituary features someone that was deeply loved by another, and that alone is a source of inspiration.
Obituaries are the greatest reminder that life is fleeting, and that we have to intentionally appreciate every day we are here.
I hope at least a few of these ideas from my first list or from this list have inspired you to look in new places when you are feeling blocked. There is inspiration all around us.
When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.
Please let me know how these work for you, and if we should add any new ideas to the list.