F-R-E-E Your Mind

For Your Interest – December 2014

Question: Barry, I'm stuck. I want to be more creative in what I do, but I just can't figure out how to do it. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: As counter-intuitive as it may seem, in situations like this, success often comes more from trying less, than from trying harder. And the best way that I've found to do that is to F-R-E-E Your Mind:
  • F as in Forget – Sure you've got all sorts of pressures and deadlines you're worried about, but Step One is to let all that go and forget about it for a little while. Think of this step as clearing the canvas. Tabula rasa.
  • R as in Remember – Now that you've cleared your mind, entertain a memory of a favorite noun (person, place, or thing) from your past. The farther back in time you go, the better - something from your innocent youth (your Wonder Years) would be ideal.
  • E as in Enjoy – Spend a few moments enjoying your recollection, with all your senses. Remember what it looked like, sounded like, who was there. Remember the colors, textures, flavors, what it felt like. Remember it in as much detail as you possibly can and reconnect with some of that same child-like zeal you had way back when. Breathe in a few times. Good deep breaths. And big, full, exhales. Ahhhhhhhhh!
  • E as in Expand – Now from that relaxed and happy place, expand your thinking to the problem or issue you've been trying to get creative about. Ask your inner-child for some advice: What would he do? What does she suggest? Who else from your past would have some good, crazy, funny, absurd, ideas to share?! Your best friend from college? The kid next door? The neighbor's dog that loved barking at the mailman?! See what 'pops' – you may be pleasantly surprised.
When we connect back to our past, we F-R-E-E our minds from all the noise and static that's keeping us from being our natural, creative, and caring selves.

What better time to reconnect to all that matters than now?
 

Happy Holidays, All. Thanks, so much, for helping to make my 2014 as fun as it was! 

- bz
Barry Zweibel | 847-291-9735
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