the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Inspiration is when you feel a deep-rooted excitement and are compeled to do something.
HOW TO FIND
Everyone is inspired in their own way. For some it takes stillness, for others it takes stimulating activity. For everyone it just takes recognizing the signs. For Ms. Loxley, it was a fun-filled day at a car show listening to friends tell stories and thinking about what she loved doing the most. That fate-filled day is what inspired her to create Athena Racing. You never know when inspiration will strike, so be prepared!
Turn Off Your Electronics
Your eyes do need a break! Take some time to make tea, light a scented candle, take a power nap, meditate. Those things that seem as though they are not productive, really are. A 15-minute break will do wonders for giving your brain a boost!
Carry an Idea Notebook
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a great idea, dozed back off to sleep, forgotten the idea and wished you had a journal nearby for writing down ideas?!? Have your idea notebook with you. All the greats keep one nearby!
Have a Conversation
The simple act of chatting can get the creativity flowing. Not small talk, but digging in and really talking. Sometimes you just need someone to bounce ideas off of or to talk outloud (at which point you usually talk your way through your problem).
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.
As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
– Steve Jobs
This is one of the most-watched TED talks for a reason! Over 54 MILLION views!!! Simon Sinek helps you get to your why. Without your why, you’ll drift about aimlessly.
Think over these discussion questions and how you would answer them in a group discussion:
- Why were the Wright Brothers able to figure out powered man flight?
- What did Simon discover that changed his view?
- The leaders he researched think, act and do the same way. How did Simon codify it?
- What is your purpose, cause or belief?
- What does Simon mean by from the inside out?
- People don’t buy _____ you do, they buy ______ you do it.
- Which part of your brain controls decision making?
- What motivated Samuel Pierpoint Langley? What motivated the Wright Brothers?
- What is the Law of Diffusion of Innovation?
- Where is the tipping point?
- Who was the famous failure?
- Who was the famous success?
- What are the two types of leaders?
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
GET INSPIRED with
Find your favorite quote and place it somewhere that you will see it every day. Your computer, your mirror, make a graphic you can print and hang on your wall, be creative and turn it into a piece of art!
“Do one thing every day that scares you.“
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
“What’s meant to be will always find a way.”
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
HAVE FUN WHEN YOU
Doodling is one of the best ways to get the creative juices flowing so that you open up to inspiration and creativity.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
It doesn’t have to be pretty.
Relax, and have fun.
The more you doodle the more your designs will grow. You’ll start to combine a variety of symbols. The next thing you know, you will create something beautiful and pretty.
Just get started (and turn off your brain while you doodle!)
WHEN LIFE MEETS
We are all about “watching TV” when it means you are learning! Here are our top picks for the month of great TED talks that focus on our subject of STEM + INSPIRATION. Watch these and tell us what you think about them at our next member meeting (the first Saturday of each month).
ways to earn
For members who are working hard to earn points, there are multiple ways you can earn points this month!
Write a blog article about how STEM inspires you and/or activities you do for inspiration. Include at least 3 to 5 pictures that help to tell your story. Schedule your topic and deadline with Ms. Loxley. Points possbile = 1 to 15.
Create a quote graphic that we can use on our social media. It needs to fit our branding – take a look at our Instagram channel, use logo 1 – logo 2 – logo 3, and follow the colors and fonts in our style guide. Possible points = 1 to 2.
Create a 30 to 60-second video talking about inspiring STEM works throughout history or now in present time. Points possible = 1 to 5.