At the start of almost every week, I have a mild panic.

What am I going to write about this week?

Somehow as the week goes on, enough ideas come to me, or I am able to complete drafts that were first developed in previous weeks and I am able to publish my standard 5 posts in the week, one for each week-day.

When I first started this blog, I didn’t really know what to expect.  It was an idea that I had been thinking about for a while and realised that I had to take action to see if I could do it.

At the very beginning, I thought that at best I would have maybe 50-60 ideas for posts and then I would move on to something else.  230+ posts later and I’m still writing, with many more titles written down somewhere to be worked on in the future.

In the process, I’ve learned something very important.

I have no excuse for running out of ideas. 

If I remain disciplined, continue to learn, develop my skills, take notes and keep writing, I should be able to maintain this current rate.

Others manage to achieve such an output and have done so for years.  Seth Godin has managed an average of more than one outstanding post per day for the past 9 years on his blog and it’s not going to end soon.

For me, new ideas and inspiration come when I’m reading, driving, listening to a sermon, praying, showering, on the toilet (gross, but true), listening to great music, brain-storming with peers and at 3am in the morning.

Whatever you do.  Writer, preacher, leader, marketer, parent, teacher or tradesman, there are an infinite number of ideas out there and it’s up to us to remain focused and continue harvesting them.

I’ve found that the more that I write and use my mind for thinking, the more ideas flow.

Don’t get me wrong, not all of the ideas will make it into a post or sermon, but if I keep nurturing the creative side of myself, the I trust that the ideas will continue to flow.

A great quote from Jonathan Fields wraps up this thought nicely and poses a brilliant question, “If you participate fully in, observe-deeply and contemplate life, can you really run out of things to write about?”

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