Are you Falling Prey to Faux Inspiration?

Got a tornado of great ideas and good intentions swirling around in your mind? Having a little trouble translating them to the page or the real world? I hate to say it, but you might be falling into the fauxspiration trap.

Believe me, I get it. Pot calling the kettle black here . . . but only so that we can examine this together. I read the internet and round the best of it up every week so you don't have to. I ferociously gobble up books, blogs, magazines and newspapers like it's my job. But it doesn't quite pay the bills like one!

You might be a victim of fauxspiration if:

  • You read dozens of blog posts to "get inspired!" but feel too drained or discouraged to actually do your own writing or creating afterward

  • You read countless books to learn your craft . . . without actually practicing the craft

  • You browse other websites of people you admire to figure out how to better position yourself, only to accosted by the comparison monster that tells you that you're an unoriginal hack and everything worth doing has already been done

  • You buy course after course after ebook after ebook without actually changing your habits or behavior

  • You get stuck in analysis paralysis in the name of research or draft mode . . . which might just be the big bad wolves of procrastination, perfectionism and fear in sheep's clothing

Is this you?

If so, hey! It's okay. We all fall into this trap from time to time. Why? Because it comes from a good place — the part of us hungry to learn, grow, share, inspire and serve. The part that thrives on human interaction and community and wants to live vicariously through others' creativity (and courage).

But just as looking up pictures of your ex on Facebook seems like a good idea only BEFORE you actually go down the rabbit-hole of doom-and-gloom that ensues, so is Faux Inspiration particularly precarious for your own actual DOING OF THE WORK.

I realize the irony that as I’m saying this, even reading this very post may be a sign that it's time to close a few windows, tabs and apps.

In fact, why not spend the next ten minutes in your own crazy beautiful mind, actually creating something for YOU, independent of the fauxspiration?I

I'd love to hear from you in the comments:

What gets you out of a fauxspiration funk? If you try a mini 10-minute experiment, I'd love to hear how it goes!