4 Ways To Avoid Creative Inversion

Ask yourself: Is more work coming out of you than inspiration is going in? Todd Henry, in his book Die Empty, calls this Creative Inversion.

For most of us, it’s difficult to slow down the work flow that is coming out of us. We work hard and we enjoy working hard. On top of that, stopping to be inspired can feel like you aren’t getting anything done.

@@What if the quantity of your work slightly decreased so that the quality of your work could greatly increase?@@

Bill Hybels once said at the (LINK)Leadership Summit “God didn’t make you a leader to respond to things all day!” But yet that is what we often find ourselves doing as Church Leaders. Here’s a way to inspire more (LINK) Great Work.


For this to be true of us we must become fiercely curious. Here’s how:

1. Keep a list of questions.

  • These should be big “What if?” questions.
  • I keep a list of questions to the left of my desk. I write them down on a Post-It note and slap them onto a board categorized from High Priority to Back Burner.
  • Most of the important projects that I accomplish start with these questions.


2. Dedicate time to pursue these questions.

  • Blocking time to ask important questions needs to be a priority enough to be in your calendar.


3. Prototype Relentlessly

  • Bill Hybels calls this Incessant Tinkering. Andy Stanley calls this Make It Better.
  • Simply put, this means to try it out.
  • Begin to answer your questions through experimental action.
  • This is where the answers to your questions pick up momentum.


4. Find your “bliss station”

  • This is your uninterrupted space where creativity happens.
  • We all can have these. We need to seek them out and keep them sacred.
  • Mine is in my office with the door shut, with instrumental music playing as I stare at my whiteboards.

What would it look like if you did a little bit less of staying on task?

What would it look like if you did a little bit more of daydreaming?


Where might your Bliss Station be?