Not Inspired? Don’t Trust That Feeling. Use Your “Old” Ideas…

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Not inspired? Don't trust that feeling. Respect (1) your creative muse, (2) your discipline of creating, and (3) your audience (let them evaluate your ideas)...

Posted by George Kao, Authentic Business Coach on Friday, July 5, 2024


Ever captured an idea, only to revisit it a few days later and feel uninspired? You’re second-guessing your initial excitement.

“Maybe this wasn’t a good idea after all…”

This is quite normal, in my experience. We get that burst of brilliance when a new idea strikes. It feels important, sometimes even life-changing. But give it a few days, and that initial excitement often fades.

Novelty carries the feeling of brilliance — that moment when all this context from your past merges with a current idea… into a beautiful integrated understanding!

A few days later, that feeling of lucidity is gone.

So, what do you do? You could give in to the resistance and skip creating altogether — I’ve been there too. Over time, I’ve learned the importance of staying with a consistent rhythm of creation.

I encourage you to capture many ideas, then when it comes time to create content, just select one that’s most inspiring to you in this moment…

“But none of my old ideas inspire me…”

To that, I say, pick the one that’s the least uninspiring. ;-)

Pick one that still holds a bit of a spark.

…then go ahead and expand on it!

Even if you’ve moved past an idea, it might be exactly what someone else needs to hear. What seems mundane to you might just be a revelation for others.

Practical Tips for Leveraging Your “Old” Ideas:

  1. Keep a list of ideas (can simply be a note on your phone), something that is easy for you to capture ideas as they come throughout the day or week.

  2. Set a regular time slot of the week (or day) for reviewing your ideas list and creating from it.

  3. Set a timer for 5 minutes to quickly look down the list of ideas and pick one that sparks something for you… or is least uninspiring to you!

  4. Set a timer for 15 minutes to quickly expand on that idea.

  5. If needed, share it with a trusted friend for brief feedback… is it worth expanding on? (Or run it through an Ai chatbot for suggestions.)

  6. Post it to your audience and let them decide whether it’s good or not.

  7. Do these things consistently to improve your ability to create!

Always remember — you are not the best judge of your ideas. Your ideal audience is. They’re the ones who will ultimately decide what’s profound, what’s life-changing, and what leaves them wanting more.

Often, the ideas we dismiss as “old” or “obvious” are the ones that resonate most with others. We’ve integrated them so deeply that we forget their power.

This is why I often encourage you to stick to a consistent rhythm of creation. Don’t let a lack of inspiration derail you. What’s no longer exciting to you may be exactly what your audience needs right now.

So instead of judging your ideas, test them with your audience. Put them out there and see what sticks. Use feedback from your audience to determine what truly resonates. Don’t assume you know what will work best — let the market tell you.

Trust the process of creating, even when you’re not feeling particularly brilliant today. Embrace the discipline. Feel into the joy of consistently putting your work out there!