A mistake I made around creating music was to think inspiration simply arrived when it chose to. I believed it wasn’t something I could generate consciously. I wasn’t aware that the inspiration I got came from my practice of going out to hear music I loved and being around people who loved it too. It was just part of my lifestyle. And when my lifestyle changed, my mind came up with all sorts of rationalisations as to why my musical creativity dropped. And in general those rationalisations weren’t kind or helpful to me. I told myself things like I was never that talented or creative after all.
Then through working with a coach I discovered I could generate my inspiration. By getting around great people and consciously choosing to do things which inspired me, I could control how inspired I felt. And not just in music, but in all areas of life. So I learnt to identify those activities, work at them and build my life around them. To look for inspiration in everything, everywhere I can, as often as I can.