You know how you come back from vacation or the weekend at the same time relaxed but also all jazzed up and ready to roll? And then you re-enter the routine of daily life and the energy seeps out of your being until you are right back where you started with the same sapped-out feeling you had before? And your creativity is sucked out too, along with any inclination you might have had to make changes or innovations.
What’s New is Energizing
I think it’s because our focused response to newness – like we experience during a great weekend or a vacation – is not limited to only the physical energy rush. We respond with enhanced mental outlook, too. With renewed mental energy, we gain a fresh outlook and along with that, new perspective. How thrilling to feel suddenly inspired!
Focus on Now to Spark Creativity
When you are firmly in the moment your mind is not worrying about the future or reliving the past. You are simply being and doing, you are pure action in motion. And like a fine travelogue, your mind and body are noticing everything about this moment in time: the feel of it, the smell of it, the sound of it, the taste of it. When we are so attuned, each new experience automatically sparks our creativity.
Alert but Relaxed Mind is Most Creative
Why? Paradox: when you focus on and are alert to the newness, you are able to fully relax into the moment. And from that relaxed state, you escape your old mental habits. You can learn new things and make new connections between ideas. You can explore new approaches, try new rules, experiment without expectation. With this alert yet relaxed and opened mindset, you shed old patterns and so can create new ones with ease.
Must You Get Away to Get Creative?
Sadly, a return to familiar routines too often turns the dial back, throttles down the energy, throttles us. But do we honestly need a whole weekend or a week away to free ourselves from the humdrum routine and habitual mindset? Or can we do it for ourselves, every day, on command?
Coming up, a few thoughts on how to break free to create and innovate without leaving town, leaving home, or even leaving your desk.
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