Self-Awareness: Your trigger
Know what it takes to bring out your best design work.
For some designers, the trigger is a relatively low bar: simply putting a design challenge in front of them is enough to start the creative process. For others, they need to reach a tipping point. The higher that point, the more energy it will take to get to get the best design work.
One high bar is total project failure. In this case, the designer needs to confront the ultimate brink — the risk of the project going away — before bringing out top-shelf design skills.
Triggers can be people (working with your favorite colleagues), situations (working on certain types of products), activities (incorporating user research).