One of the hardest things to do in behavioral training is capturing a desired behavior. For instance when we taught our dog, Charlie, to scratch a board to file her nails down she had no similar behaviors to start from and looked at us with confusion. It wasn’t until she accidentally brushed her foot on the board that we screamed out “good girl” and gave her some treats. That was the beginning of the behavior and now we had a starting point.
This is exactly how I feel with inspiration except, instead of rewarding the inspiration for paying me a visit, I’ve learned to tell myself that it can wait until later when its more convenient. This never works. Later, when I come back to it, the flow is gone and it doesn’t seem like such a good idea. By doing this I’m teaching the inspiration that I’m not interested and it is not important.
On the other hand, now that I realize this, I can capture it when it comes. Stop everything and act on the inspiration in the moment. Put in the work and feel the reward. I can even have a cookie to make it extra special.
By doing this over and over again, I can train myself to act on the inspiration out of habit, creating the habit of inspiration.