How reflecting on those you admire can help you find inspiration
THAT THEY WERE ROLE MODELS. THEY WEREN'T CELEBRITIES, OR EVEN PARTICULARLY ACCOMPLISHED. BUT THEY HAD SOME QUALITY THAT I ADMIRED, THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE LIKE THEM.”
Putting ourselves into the shoes of those we admire can help us see our creative problem from a different angle and then find a solution. We all have heroes in our lives. Whether they are a relative, a celebrity, or a former teacher, by asking yourself “what would my hero do?” and reflecting upon how they might approach the problem, you might be able find that muse of yours.
What heroes are for
Who is that you look up to?
- One of your parents?
- Another relative?
- A former mentor or teacher?
- Somebody famous or influential?
- A coworker?
We all have heroes in our life. People whom we aspire to be like, whose words and advice help shape the way we think and go about our lives. We admire other people for a reason. Throughout our lives, we all need direction, and those whom we look up to can help provide it, becoming like a beacon, guiding on down our true path.
Whether it is from talking to them, listening to them, watching what they do, or even reading about them, we all draw inspiration from the people that we admire. We all have a tendency to reflect upon them during times of question and crises. We all, at one point or another, have asked what would they do in this situation.
What would your Hero Do?
Next time you find yourself stuck between a creative rock and inspirational hard place, why not ask yourself “what would my hero do?” Put yourself in the shoes of someone you look up to and try to see the situation through their eyes.
- How would your favorite writer conclude the novel?
- How would your favorite artist draw the landscape?
- How would that one teacher you admire approach the creative project?
By thinking like one of your heroes you might find yourself approaching your creative problem from a completely different angle and finding your muse in an unexpected place. In order to be able to put yourself in your hero’s shoes you might need to do some research and reflection first. You might need to read their book or get on the phone and even talk to them or at least take some time to reflect on what you know about them. Once you get yourself into their mindset, then approach your creative problem with them in mind and chances are that you will once again find creative inspiration.