Have you misplaced your inspiration? Does it feel as if someone sucked the motivation right out of you? One day you’re going ahead on your own goals and dreams. Life was smooth sailing, and the sun was shining. Then you got up one morning only to discover your creative passion had gone AWOL.

If you are feeling blocked by your targets or creative projects, you know how frustrating it can be. At first, you think it’s only a glitch. It is just one day. Then one day turns into another, and you realize your creative spark isn’t coming back.

Rest assured, you are not alone.  Almost everyone who tries to attain new goals or create new fantasies struggles with keeping a constant flow of creative energy. Even though your confidence may be shaken, you can overcome this challenge.

But a creative block can be detrimental to your success if you don’t handle it with grace and wisdom. You can not push your way through it, but neglecting what’s going on does not work either. Below are some powerful ideas to help you take an active part in moving beyond your block. Soon you’ll be back to being the inspired, hopeful, committed person you started out to be.

Daily Tasks

Commit to completing your goal or project. Then schedule time daily to take action, no matter how you are feeling. It might not be your best work or your top effort, but it is most important to remain focused on your desire even when inspiration or creativity appears to be nowhere in sight.

Drop Bad Habits

Your worst enemies are bad habits. Damaging behaviors include things such as moving ahead as soon as the impulse is strong, or always doing less important things first. With these types of customs, you can set yourself up for frustration. Take a good look at your actions and behaviors and find new ways to put your priorities first.

Change Direction

If you are stuck, perhaps it’s because you are not moving forward in the right direction. You may try stepping back and giving yourself a higher perspective on the situation. You might not have to abandon the entire project, but perhaps how you are going about achieving success isn’t working for you. Evaluate your situation, and if you are positive, you still wish to proceed, find a way to fix or revise what wasn’t working, and proceed in a brand new manner.

Routine Change

Try changing your routine, or adjust the period of if you typically put effort into your goal. If you usually work on your goal at 8:00 p.m., perhaps 5:30 in the morning may be just what you will need to escape the slump and into the stream.

Shake Things Up

Do something out of the ordinary and shake things up. Attend a conference, go to a play, have a long walk in a brand new neighborhood. Take a break every day from your normal routine. Finding new ways to refresh and can help move boredom and staleness out of your system.

Take a Break

Burnout can contribute to a loss of imagination. So have a break. Taking a break isn’t the same as quitting. It is a deliberate injection of healing and relaxation in your life. Look inside and feel your true feelings whether you will need to schedule short daily breaks or just a vacation. At the end of your break, put action to your goal once again.

Increase External Motivation

When you can not find the motivation inside, look for it outside. Zig Ziglar once said, “People often say that motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Read or listen to something of an inspirational character. Someone else’s story of success or motivational speech may be just the spark you have to reignite the creative magic inside you.

Temporary Delay

Assume your block is a temporary period which you are going through, and that you will come out of this. It’s only a matter of keeping yourself focused on what you need while also riding through the lull until your back from the lively flow once again. Stay focused, do what you can to keep your goals and dreams on the front burner, take good care of yourself, and remind yourself, “this too will pass.”

In the long run, if you remain stuck, permit yourself to give up the goal or project altogether. You might just realize that the permission alone will replenish the creative river and make you energized once again.