Relax! And Let Your Best Ideas Come To You
Do you ever wonder how some people seem to came up with amazing ideas, businesses or products? “How did he/she think of that idea, and then implement it? Why didn’t I think of that (and DO it)?”
And, at the same time, have you ever noticed that when you really need to come up with an idea or solution, you just can’t? When you desperately need an answer, when you’re trying oh-so-hard to figure out something – a blog title, the perfect product to sell, a solution to a problem – your brain won’t act on demand?
Why is that?
Well, for all of the above, it’s the same reason. It’s why we can’t find an outfit we like for a party this weekend or tailored black pants for a presentation tomorrow, and yet can find 5 outfits and 5 pairs of black pants we love any other time, when we don’t really need them.
It’s why goals and dream boards don’t work if we continually fixate on them, rather than giving them room to breathe.
It’s why it’s hard to find a solution in an argument if we continually keep talking in circles, rather than taking a break for a few hours.
When the pressure is on and we’re tense, solutions can’t flow to us – we’re too wound up and impenetrable for an idea to come through. It’s as if we have a force field around us – keeping out good ideas. In contrast, when we’re relaxed, doing or thinking about something else, when we don’t need that cocktail dress or black pants and when we’re not fixated on the problem or desire, the solution simply “pops” into our mind.
I have found that love and being in a relaxed, non-resistant state (see my video) is the answer for almost everything – from extremes such as major life challenges, to minor things like the title of a blog (which I’m stuck on right now :) And this same concept of non-resistance and putting the body into a relaxed state, is also how the best ideas can come in.
3 Ways Get Revolutionary Ideas To Magically Flow to You
Here are my favorite ways to get my creative juices flowing. All 3 things “shut down” the thinking brain and involve a repetitive motion that quietens the conscious mind. We think we need our thinking brain/conscious mind to find a solution, when in fact, it’s the exact opposite. We need to turn it off…and relax.
1. Go For a Run or Jog
…or any exercise that doesn’t require thinking and allows you to “space out”. Interesting, team sports, a tennis game or even a dance class don’t work as well for this exercise, because your brain is actively involved during each of those.
So why does running/ jogging work? Firstly, you usually start to feel really good about 10-15 min into the run when the endorphins start kicking in. When you feel good (why I’m such a believer in doing what makes us happy as it quickly raises our vibration), you’re naturally in a relaxed / non-resistant state and everything flows better, including incoming ideas.
Secondly, the repetitive motion of running shuts down the thinking mind and allows the subconscious mind to start providing answers. It’s as if the conscious mind has to be sent to the back of the room so the subconscious mind can have room to dance freely at the front of the room.
At least 50% of my best ideas have come in while I’m running – ideas for my business, new products, programs, solutions to challenges, team building / leadership ideas. So…of course I make sure I run at least once a week :)) It helps keeps me fit, healthy (part of my 3:2:1:1 exercise philosophy – 3 cardio, 2 weights, 1 mind-body-spirit, 1 day off), and feeling mentally and emotionally clear – which of course helps in all aspects of life as well.
Important: You don’t have to run very fast – I only run between 30-40 min, 1-2 times per week, with music, and have a steady, but not super fast pace. Start with only 20 min if you’re new or just restarting exercise.
- Schedule a 30-40 min run or walk this week, in your calendar. Block it out right now in your calendar and commit to trying it for 3 weeks in a row – especially if you’ve never done this before.
- Run, jog (or walk) quickly enough to get the endorphins going and notice what magical ideas come in. And how great you feel after, and how well your day – business and life.
Tip: Yoga also works. The poses help quieten our mind, we RELAX (non-resistant state) and then ideas can come in.
2. Wash the Dishes or Take a Shower
Something we all do everyday – at least the shower part, if not dishes ? Again, it’s the repetitive motion (washing dishes or ourselves), but also the repetitive SOUND and feeling of water that quiets the mind and puts us almost into a slightly trance/hypnotic state (you can wash dishes and get in and out of a shower on auto-pilot and have everything done without even “thinking” about it).
This is again when the best ideas can come in b/c we’re doing something that doesn’t require thinking or effort-ing. With less effort-ing (important concept for life), our brain literally relaxes, we relax and ideas can flow in more easily.
- Don’t overthink this one. Just shower or hand wash dishes as normal.
- Let your mind wander as it wants, without forcing any ideas.
- Simply notice what ideas come in and be curious. That’s all that is needed. Wait, Watch. Wonder.
3. Lay Down
Ahhh…my other favorite ? I’ve found this especially valuable for women b/c it relaxes our pelvis + womb – our center of power, creation and life-force. I image this would work just as well for men though too – as it’s also your center of power, creation and life-force.
I use this not only for ideas, but for anytime I’m feeling stuck, stressed or upset…tired, frustrated…really for everything :) It is one of the quickest ways to relax the body (putting us into a non-resistant state) – I can feel the tension drain from my body in 30 seconds. It’s extremely effective and one of the easiest things we can do in any given day – both for health AND ideas.
- Try laying down on your bed, or floor, for 2-5 min (that’s all it takes) at least once a day – to get used to this habit. Again, notice, be curious. Wait, Watch, Wonder.
- Use this super easy practice anytime you feel any negative emotion – stress, tiredness, overwhelm, stickiness…don’t let it’s simplicity fool you – it’s one of the most powerful exercises I’ve come across. Interestingly, the most simple things are usually the most effective.
When the idea comes in, you MUST ACT on it right away. This is the most important thing. Most people never act on it – they wait a couple of days and then the energy is gone, they over think it and find all the potential challenges, they tell someone else, who shoots their idea down…and of course they then never do it.
When inspiration comes in, especially anything that makes you feel excited, expansive and energized, you HAVE to act on it right away. You must take at least one tiny little step towards it, that day. It’s divine inspiration – and if you don’t act on it, the universe will find someone one else to flow the beautiful idea to and through.
Regard any hunch, intuition, or idea that gets your blood pumping as being absolutely precious. Tony Robbins says, “Never leave the scene of an idea without taking action” which gives a practical twist to a spiritual concept.
- Write down any ideas that have come to you this week.
- Notice especially the ones that make you feel energized, buzzy, excited and expansive.
- For those, take an action step towards them that same day, and at least 5 days a week until you bring it into reality.
What about you? How do your best ideas come in? Do you have any questions on the tips above? What do you do to make sure you take at least 1 action step towards them so that your great idea becomes a reality?
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