Against all the odds, true inspiration comes from what is hard, bold and unknown. When you challenge what you can do with risk, your vulnerability is a demonstration of courage for navigating in uncharted waters. Risking is essential in every creative work.
But I wonder about the best conditions for being truly inspired. Should you be in a hyper- or scatter focus state?
Hyperfocus, according to Chris Baley latest book, is expanding your entire attentional space to a specific task, while he associates scatter-focus with creative and mind-wandering work. However, even when your mind wanders, connecting the dots is not easy and it’s quite a task.
Eventually, the best conditions are a hybrid-focus where you switch from hyper- to scatter-focus, depending on the opportunity the present moment allows you to experience.
One thing seems certain. Inspiration requires taking full advantage of your attentional space.