What It’s Like To Be Paralyzed By Inspiration Overload
Do you ever feel too inspired?
Like, you have an idea in mind — write a novel, start a blog, create your own business — and you read countless articles and books and watch hours of video and sign up for course after course, and you get so much information and inspiration that you think you can’t possibly fail…and then you just don’t know what to do with any of it?
In an age where seemingly endless amounts of information is available on the internet, chances are if there is something you want to learn how to do someone has already posted a how-to online. Which is great, don’t get me wrong. It’s now possible to learn how to do virtually anything from your own home, as long as you have a computer.
And yet, I have found myself falling victim to what I’ll call “inspiration overload.” I read so much information and find so many tools and tricks and bits of motivation, I feel like I’m inspired and informed enough to take on the world and reach my goals… and then I get stuck.
Part of this has to do with my own anxiety and self-doubts. Another part of it comes from the fact that I am completely overwhelmed.
If, for instance, I want to learn how to start a blog and make it successful, there are numerous places on the internet I can go to get help and information. So many, in fact, it’s overwhelming.
And sometimes contradictory. One “expert” promises that their method is the way to success, while another one swears that the first way is out of date and wrong, and they have a new, better way of doing things that will DEFINITELY give you the success you’re looking for. If you just sign up for their e-course.
Oh, the e-courses. I have signed up for my fair share, both free and paid. On more than one occasion I’ve fallen victim to such convincing marketing that I signed up for a course or program or e-mail list that I later realized wasn’t going to be helpful for me. So many people call themselves an expert, and I keep expecting the next thing I sign up for the be the one that finally gives me the secret solutions I have been looking for to finally create that successful blog, or write that novel, or whatever.
There are obviously people who have found success in their field and have valuable information to share. It’s just that, with so much information available, the sheer amount of it can start to get overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what information is really going to be valuable to me, and what is just going to be a distraction.
I’m more inspired than ever, and yet I’m just about as lost as I’ve always been.
The logical part of my brain knows that what I need to do is stop looking for more information and just start working on creating my own stuff. Practice is the best teacher, or something, I guess.
With so much information out there, I suppose the best any of us can do is to just try and find a select few people that are doing the kinds of things that we want to do, learn what we can from them, and try to screen out the excess noise.
Then we just have to start.
Grace Carlson is a writer from Washington. She writes about travel, mental health, writing, and books. Sometimes she’s funny, or at least that’s what her mom says. Visit her blog, A Passport And A Pencil.