How To Have More Epiphanies

Matt Lillywhite

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Epiphanies are life-changing.

They’re a beautiful moment of eureka when you finally put the puzzle pieces of a problem together. The entire world around you stands still as your mind races as at a thousand miles per hour. After all, it’s filled to the brim with endless amounts of inspiration.

I used to be lazy. I sat in my bedroom all day doing nothing. And whenever I encountered a momentary second of boredom, I’d quickly distract myself with video games or a movie. I hated being alone with my thoughts.

But now, I’m completely different. My environment has a big impact on my way of thinking. I adore long periods of deep thought and find massive inspiration in the smallest things.

People regularly comment that my work ethic and overall level of happiness has massively improved. And they’re totally correct. My life is so much better than it used to be. The reason? I’ve trained my brain to have a lot more epiphanies by finding inspiration wherever I look.

Here’s how you can do the same.

Push The Boundaries Of What You Think Is Possible.

If you spend your entire life in your comfort zone, you’ll never know what you’re genuinely capable of achieving. That’s why it’s important to push the boundaries of what you think is possible and embrace your discomfort zone.

I used to tell myself that it was impossible to write an article every day. I thought people who did that were superhuman productivity machines that could accomplish absolutely anything and everything.

But then, I realized that I was telling myself I couldn’t achieve something, without even giving it a go. So I decided to write an article in one day. Sure, it was difficult at first. But as I began doing it more often, writing articles more frequently became pretty easy. Now, it’s second nature.

You’ll never know if you’re capable of achieving something unless you try.So pick an inspiring goal, and then do your best to achieve it. For example, if a task normally takes two hours, try to complete it in one. Although you may not finish in that timeframe, you’ll develop a work ethic to become more efficient.

Find New Ways To Change Your Environment.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that implementing this strategy has changed my life forever. After all, it’s no secret that your environment has a massive impact on your thoughts and habits. Quoting an articlepublished by INC Magazine:

“If you have choices around you that are distracting or lead to undesirable outcomes, then it becomes hard to make the right choices. On the flip side, having an environment that only has desirable choices constricts you to do what’s important for yourself.”

For a long time, I was stuck in the same routine. Every day, I’d get up, work, have lunch, and then work some more until it was time for dinner. It felt monotonous. And more often than not, I struggled to find any inspiration or motivation to sit down and finish my tasks.

But one day, I adjusted my daily routine. I started working in the mornings (as usual) but completely changed my afternoon schedule. Each day, I’d go out for a walk and explore a different part of my local area for a few hours.

It didn’t matter if I was walking by the lake, forest, or anywhere else. Changing my environment completely changed my mindset as I was no longer stuck in the same room all day. Since discovering this strategy, I’ve never looked back.

If you want to feel more inspired, adjust your habits and routines to improve your way of thinking. Your brain will quickly become stimulated and inspired by the shift in your visual environment. Plus, the mental health benefits of regular exercise are incredible.

Explore Different Genres Of Music.

Embrace music as a form of inspiration. It’ll inspire you to think in unconventional and exciting ways.

For example, you’ll have completely different thoughts while listening to uplifting piano music compared to sad love songs. As Rebecca Adamswrites in The Huffington Post:

“If music is a universal language, then we’re born fluent speakers. When we hear a song, our brain springs into action, as the music fires up our emotional, memory, and motor centers. It’s no wonder music has been linked to creative individuals since (practically) the beginning of time.”

When I’m writing an article about relationships, I’ll put on a playlist of romantic love songs to put me in the right frame of mind. Similarly, I’ll listen to French music whenever I write about language or culture.

Why not give it a go? Listen to different types of music whenever you work on your craft. The effect it’ll have on your creativity is profound.

Carl Jung once wrote, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” He’s totally right. When you train your brain to find inspiration everywhere you look, you’ll have epiphanies a lot more frequently.

I’ve learned this from personal experience. It doesn’t matter if I’m listening to music, working on a project, or taking a walk through the forest. The quality of my life has massively improved as I can find inspiration everywhere. And if the above strategies worked for me, they can do the same for you, too.

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