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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.

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

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.