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Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

We all hope to find inspiration, whether it be at work, home, or outdoors. Inspiration keeps us moving. It is the icing on the cake on our birthday; the gift of being able to live one more year, and have loved ones arriving at our doorstep.

It is the driving force fueling our dreams and desires. Inspiration lies everywhere. However, it can sometimes be overshadowed by our moods or attempts to search for it.

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    1. Start going to new places

    Go to new places. Once you start going to new places, you’ll find so many sites to inspire you.

    There are loads of these kinds of sites, but we tend to overlook them. Start taking the chance and heading out. You will be utterly surprised when you do. We all hope to achieve inspiration. So, why not start going out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizon and mind?

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      2. Start talking to more people

      Talk to more people. It will make you feel better, improve your social skills, and give you inspiration. There is so much to learn from people. You never know who will inspire you. It could be a celebrity, or a person just like you. The important thing is that a good conversation brings people together and can ignite inspiration.

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        3. Always believe that inspiration lies everywhere

        If you believe, then anything can and will happen. Inspiration will follow you.

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        Just have faith and you will come across it.

        Make your belief and conviction so strong that you step right into its path! It will make you stronger in all aspects of your life. We all want that, don’t we? Just be yourself; trust your instincts. It will be alright. Inspiration is indeed there. It is just a matter of time before you stumble across it.

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          4. Keep your eyes open

          Always have your eyes open because you never know where inspiration might be hiding. If you close your eyes, how will you see it? After all, inspiration is a wondrous thing. It is hard to come by, but nevertheless, very much present in life.

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          But, remember, once you are aware of the presence of inspiration, hold on to it. You don’t want it to escape your grasp. Keep it for future use… it will be wonderful to see what you are able to make of that pool of inspiration. Just don’t close your eyes to the possibility of finding inspiration in surprising places, whatever you do!

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            5. Listen to the voice of your heart

            Always listen to your heart because it never betrays you. When your heart says that a particular moment or object or experience is filled with inspiration, believe it. I know this to be true because I have rejected this feeling a million times, believing my heart to be naive or weak. But I was wrong.

            If I had heard my heart properly and listened to it, I would be in a better place right now. But, I have learned one important thing from my experience: to seize the feeling of inspiration right when it appears! So, make sure you don’t make the same mistake that I did.

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            6. Never Give up

            Never give up on finding inspiration. You never know where you will find it! If you feel that life is bleak, and there is nothing really inspiring about it, then think otherwise. Yes, we won’t always be fully motivated to seek inspiration, but it is there nonetheless.

            7. Make The Most Of Your Life

            Whenever you do things, or wherever you go, go with all your heart! Your life is a beautiful thing. Make the most of it by finding inspiration wherever you can. It can do wonders for your happiness and how you engage with the world around you. It truly can!

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            Last Updated on July 16, 2019

            6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

            6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

            Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

            Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

            What to have for dinner tonight?

            Which route to take to work?

            How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

            How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

            Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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            No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

            Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

            Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

            Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

            Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

            How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

            Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

            You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

            When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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            1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

            Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

            I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

            2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

            5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

            By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

            For example:

            If the problem is “always late to work”…

            • Why am I late to work?
              I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
            • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
              I feel so tired in the morning.
            • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
              I slept late the night before, that’s why.
            • Why did I sleep late?
              I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
            • Why did I drink coffee?
              Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

            So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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            3. Simplify Things

            As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

            Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

            4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

            Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

            Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

            Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

            5. Think Laterally

            Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

            ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

            Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

            Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

            6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

            Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

            Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

            The Bottom Line

            There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

            Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

            Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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            So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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            Reference

            [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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