Drawing Solutions: How Visuals Will Change Your Life
Up your Creative Genius: Tune in here for innovative ideas to keep you relevant and expansive. Discover how visuals will increase your team's alignment, help you brainstorm and strategize, and become a living accelerator for your vision of success.
Life is about falling down and getting back up again. Just when you think you have it all together, something happens to derail you. You miss an important client call, or you accidentally forget to pay a bill. Suddenly in a swirl of activity, your world gets turned upside down.
It’s at that moment that you have a choice: Panic or heightened listening.
I have erred on the side of panic so many times it’s beyond embarrassing. When panic hits we do things we shouldn’t. We overeat or overspend. We call our friends and wear their ears out with the ranting and railing. Exhausted we finally throw ourselves down and then, in our un-ego filled state, we can actually listen.
The interesting thing is that help generally can come a lot sooner if, when the world turns topsy-turvy, we choose to tune in and calm down. It’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you feel stressed out and overwrought by your phone or your email or your schedule or your life. However, with practice you can make it your default choice and the most awesome option to choose.
This week, try it. When you start to feel your adrenaline rising because of x,y or z, take a deep breath. Close your eyes (unless you are driving) and take another deep breath. Then quietly ask, what is the best thing for me to do right now?
Now here’s the key. You have to keep your inner chatter quiet and let the stillness overtake you. You want to listen, really listen beyond your ego’s rant, beyond the suck of desire for things, beyond the edge of panic. Listen to that deep inner calling, that wave of simple stillness. And imagine riding in on that wave is the answer to your question, to your dilemma, to your panic.
Let it wash right over you and into you and through you. You don’t need to have “heard” something. You can just let the stillness deepen you, expand into you, soothe you. Stay with that stillness as long as you can. Then open your eyes, keep going on with your day, but add to it the knowingness that this issue you are panicking about it will be and is being handled. Because it is and it will be.
Are you feeling stuck in your routine? A fun way to break out is to dress it up! Throw on your nice clothes, and take yourself out. Want to go one step further? Do what this person did and dress up your car to boot!
Walk into almost any office and you’ll see people furiously writing away on whiteboards, frosted glass walls, and erasable table tops. According to The Wall Street Journal, the late Steve Jobs and Seattle’s own Jeff Bezos have both been hailed as whiteboard virtuosi. So, the idea of working through problems and storytelling using a whiteboard is definitely not new. What is new, is making the art and science of visual storytelling teachable. And teach it we shall.
5 Simple Ways to Up Creative Genius in Your Day (and Night)
Step it up.
It’s hard to step it up all the time. You’ve got this great job and it requires something of you or you’re a single parent and your kid wants your attention when you get home. Step it UP. Remember why you are here, be grateful for what you’ve got and do one more act of love and service.
Sleep on it.
People want to make us move at the speed of light. Okay, but why? Why. When we succumb to this instantaneous decision-making it doesn’t allow us to reflect and return with a better sense of the whole picture. What’s one day in a decision to purchase something? Sleeping on it allows you to integrate it with the subconscious self, integrate it into the essence of you and ask for a deeper sign. How will it play out, is it truly something you need to buy, or need to do? Sleep on it and let your truth sift up to the surface.
Intermittent fasting/Mindful Eating
There’s emerging research on how it can be beneficial to fast intermittently, which means take a day/half-day off from eating food. This is a strategy that only works for some people. If you think it might be you, give it a go! If you have a health issue that prevents it, or get shaky/weak when you fast then don’t stop eating, but become conscious and grateful for everything you put into your mouth. Stop eating lunch at your desk, or while you browse Facebook. Shift the pattern.
Listen to people until they are finished speaking, not just until it’s your turn to speak. Listening is in fact an art form. In ancient Rome, listening was revered. Listening deeply means you are giving your full attention to someone and their world. You can do this, it’s so awesome and you will absolutely love it. Let yourself listen. Listen fully and broadly.
Ho hum the day drolls on and you’re sleeping while walking. This meeting, that meeting, this conversation or that. BREAK IT UP. Before you enter a room, set your intent to be fully present. A lot of us love patterns but that’s not how we expand ourselves. We build new neural pathways when we learn something new or push our limits. DISRUPTION creates the space for new, and new = access to creative genius you.
We need all of your great ideas to help shift the current state.
Walking around in sweatpants is SO SUPER COMFY, but why not take advantage of your attire to get active? Get energized, jump around the room, run up the stairs and get your #CreativeGenius body moving ;)
My inner nudge and I have a volatile relationship. It's the part of me that likes to indulge, the voice in my head that tells me 2pm is a FINE time to quit working, flop on the couch and watch Seinfeld on repeat. Or the part of me insists I run outside every time the sun shows it's face (Even in summer, which can lead to certain, er, productivity problems). Its suggestions are so often ridiculous that I've become accustomed to ignoring it.
Lately though, I've started to re-define the relationship between my nudge and I. This redefinition began last Thursday.
I recently took up Crossfit and was really enjoying the classes. It was a foundation course full of people as clueless as myself, learning the correct way to move, bend, lift and heave.
We were on our final class, facing our toughest workout yet and my nudge was regretting having come at all. I snapped at it to quiet down, and threw myself into the moves. They were exhausting. Limb-tremblingly exhausting. I made it through to the Burpee round and was about half-way through when my nudge broke its silence.
'You're too tired. You need to modify NOW.'
'Not yet' said I, 'One more textbook Burpee, I've got this'.
I absolutely didn't have it. Half-way through the move all my limbs gave out and I did a kind of weird, back-wrenching belly-flop onto the floor. Crap.
'I told you so...'
'Shut it, Nudge!'
I quivered to my feet and hobbled out of the class. I spent the weekend lying on my back, undergoing mediation sessions with Nudge.
Was it really the part of myself that liked to indulge? Or, was it just trying to look out for me?
That time it wanted me to watch Seinfeld, I had been working late the night before - I probably needed the R&R. And as for chasing sunshine? Turns out I'm horribly vitamin D deficient.
What if my nudge isn't the annoying, self-indulgent voice in my head, but the part of me understands my needs at their deepest level? What if it's the part of me in charge of self-care, that knows when to push me, and when to let me rest? What if I've had it wrong all this time?
Take a hard-learned lesson from me: next time you're engrossed in something and your nudge pipes up, listen to it carefully and trust that it has your best interests at heart. You might be surprised at what you can achieve together.
A lot of people today are interested in bio hacking. They are experimenting with going vegan or gluten free, cutting out sugar, drinking less coffee, doing yoga and meditating regularly. Every body is different, and we are all unique in how we care for them.
The same holds true for dreams. Every person’s dreams are different. Sometimes we hide our dreams, other times we go for them. But regardless, we all wonder, how do we more easily achieve them?
The interesting thing is you are the only one who knows the secret code that answers that question, but many of us doubt our knowledge of that code. We feel powerless about our ability to influence whether our dreams come true
When I began learning that the things I did, said or pictured in my mind influenced my ability to achieve my dreams more quickly, I woke up and paid attention. This mystery was awesome to unravel. I began to hack my dreams. I’d ask questions and document the answers: what helped the dream happen faster? What hindered it? What absolutely thrilled me?
This week go Hack Your Dreams.
Take just one dream you have for your life – might be your health, your career, your spiritual connectedness, your relationships. Take one and hack it.
Study it. Where did it come from? What motivated you to make that a dream of yours? What big or small steps could you take to achieve it? Write it down, draw a picture, add some color.
Neuroscientists have told us about neurogenesis – that our brains can generate new neural pathways, so why not create a new pathway of belief in your dream? Capture your dream in an image, then play that dream like a movie each time you have a free moment. Daydream that dream for your life as if it is happening right now. Your brain will respond by reacting differently to new opportunities, and viewing life from a different angle.
Hack Your Dreams and find your secret code and methodology that works just for you. I double dog dare you.