Rapid content creation isn't as hard as it seems. But it does require intentionality about how you live your life.
Most people are "too busy" to create content consistently. Even though they want to -- and know it's essential to their business success -- they don't make time for it on a daily basis. And thus, fail to ever achieve momentum.
Although I have several strategies to open the well of inspiration, these four serve as the foundation. By using these strategies, I've been able to:
- write three books in the past 18 months (two undergoing design and publishing)
- write several articles per week
- and do intensive academic research
I'm not a genius. I have a method. And more importantly, I've tried diligently to set my life up (even down to my diet, e.g., no caffeine, no alcohol, frequent juicing and fasting, etc.) to get maximum inspiration and clarity of thought.
If you only focus on these four things, you will be able to prolifically create powerful and inspiring content.
Prayer And Meditation
Any creative who is not utilizing the power of prayer is missing out immensely. Although most of my inspiration doesn't come while I'm praying, the majority of it comes because of my prayers.
Ask and ye shall receive.
I ask God to inspire me with useful ideas. I also ask God to consecrate and elevate my writing -- making it far more than I could generate on my own. Further, I ask God to lead me to needed information sources and contacts. I ask for miracles in my work getting published at amazing outlets. And that it gets noticed by the right people. And that it resonates and touches those who need it.
In addition to asking for miracles and increased performance in prayer, I spend a great deal of time meditating. To me, pondering and meditating is enhanced when coupled with prayer. Actually, prayer without meditation is like having a one-way conversation. Conversely, meditation without prayer produces far less inspiration. But the two combined, create an endless well of ideas, foresight, and breakthroughs.
Listen To Audios While Driving And Working Out
As a Ph.D. student, full-time writer, husband, and father of three foster kids, I don't have a lot of time to read these days. But I need quality inputs to enhance my creative outputs.
So I listen to audios during my commutes and workouts. This allows me to "read" 1-2 books per week, which serves as a catalyst for the content I create. Since I started listening to audios on 2x speed, I've been able to consume even more content.
Listening to audios keeps my mind focused on useful things during these monotonous activities, rather than mind-wandering.
Listening to epic audios isn't a hard habit to begin. But it will dramatically alter every aspect of your life. Not just your ability to create content. You'll be better in your work, relationships, and lifestyle.
Journal For Brain Dumping And Inspiration
Every content creator should carry a journal with them. If you're constantly thinking about ideas, but not jotting them down, chances are you're losing many pearls.
I also keep my journal next to me while I sleep just in case inspiration strikes. If you don't write them down, you're far less likely to get them in the future.
One of the first things I do every morning is open my journal and just free-flow write. My subconscious has been busy all night while I've been sleeping. Gotta tap into that information.
The more you write in your journal, the easier it becomes. You can actually turn it into a creative trigger. Because I've been journaling so long -- and my journal basically serves as an idea log -- the moment I open it, I start getting insights and inspiration.
Focus On Your Performance And Forget About Outcomes
It's all too easy as a creative to become obsessed with metrics and outcomes. But this ends up being a huge distraction to content creation.
I know all too well. When I publish an article, I often check back on it several times during the day to see how well its doing. But this obsession with the outcome cripples my ability to achieve flow.
And anyways, focusing on the results of our work actually makes our work less authentic. Our work should be a gift without attached contingencies. Who cares the outcome?
Interestingly, research has found that expectations in one's own ability serves as a better predictor of high performance than expectations about a specific outcome. In his book, "The Personal MBA," Josh Kaufman explains that when setting goals, your locus of control should target what you can control (i.e., your efforts) instead of results you can't control (e.g., whether you get the part).
Expect optimal performance from yourself and let the chips fall where they may. The organic output will be your highest quality work -- which is the true reward. Put most simply: Do what is right, let the consequence follow.
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