In today’s class I shared some wise words that a dear friend shared with me many years ago. I’ve held them in my heart and tried to put the concept in place… it’s a challenge to change our habits but a very useful skill to have.
Do you ever feel frustrated as you try to get something accomplished? Those “little buggers” known as inertia, “brain fog”, anxiety and a host of other maladies seem to hold us back from realizing our true potential.
Occasionally, as I begin to write, (or begin any new creative task) this often happens to me too… So how do I handle this “writer’s block” effect?
First, I “clear the space”. I turn off all the “noise” on my desk. Usually, I get into my easy chair and relax (not my normal office chair – but one that’s “comfy”).
Then, I turn on some of my favorite music – calming, inspiring, music that “stirs my soul” like Steve Roach. (Steve’s music also appears in Dream-Minder).
Now, “the stage is set”. And it’s all perfect, right? Not always…
I get writer’s block like any one else, but what I’ve learned is to not force it. Instead I take a step back from it and ask “What am I inspired to write?” And in almost all cases, the creativity opens up…
But my books haven’t yet been finished… I’ve probably been trying too hard. So several months ago, I was led to a very cool new book called “Accidental Genius” by Marc Levy.
Marc tells a story by Robert Kriegel – famous business consultant and “mental coach” for world class athletes. He writes:
“Kriegel was training a sizable group of sprinters who were battling for the last spots in the Olympic trials. During a practice run, Kriegel found his runners to be “tense and tight” – victims of “a bad case of the Gotta’s”
“Conventional wisdom would have dictated that these highly skilled athletes train harder, but Kriegel had another idea. He asked them to run again, only this time they were to relax their efforts, and run with about nine-tenths their normal intensity.”
Of this second attempt Kriegel writes:
“The results were amazing! To everyone’s surprise, each ran faster the second time, when they were trying “easy” And one runner’s time set an unofficial world record.”
“Fine for running”, Levy says, “but does that idea hold up in any pursuit?
“The same is true elsewhere: trying easy will help you in any area of your life. Conventional wisdom tells us we have to have no less than 110% effort to keep ahead. Yet conversely, I have found that giving 90% is usually more effective.”
Conventional wisdom… Is it possible that by buying into that conventional wisdom stuff – that we’ve duped ourselves…?
Have we lost touch with our Hearts and our Spirits by trying too hard? If we’re so in charge of our lives, why do so may of us not realize our Dreams? Why is it that so many people give up on what really matters most to them? Could it be that they’re trying too hard?
What would happen if you made the choice to “try easier” in your life? How could that affect:
* Your Job
* Your Financial Life
* Your Social Life
* Your Family Life
* Your Health
* Your Spirit
In what part of your life are you trying too hard?
Will you allow yourself to “Try Easier” today – so that this part of your life has the chance to open up and just BE? In other words, as our quote today by Amelia
Barr, reminds us:
“. . . it is always the simple that produces the marvellous”
You deserve to live a simpler life, with less stress. A life that makes you feel light, energized and passionate…
YOU deserve to live your Dreams… Today!
Why wait for something to happen when you can re-light the torch… the torch of passion that kindles within you right now as you read this…
So, take a moment and…
B r e a t h e . . .
step back from your “reality” and Dream . . .
As you do, you’ll re-connect to YOUR “childhood imaginings”, and re-claim your Spirit and be well on your way to Living Your Life’s Dreams… B r e a t h e, and take a moment to Dream today my friend. And So It Is…. by Paul Bauer
Perhaps Paul’s words resonate and impact you as they did to me. If so, play with going with the flow, giving over to YOUR incredible abilities and trusting that by letting go and trying easier (in lieu of forcing or fighting) we can actually get even further.
As always, I welcome your comments, questions and feedback! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Blessings ~ Erika