Creating a new inspiring mood
Leonardo da Vinci said "Sometimes genius does best when it works the least."
Now I don't think he meant we should all hit the mall or park and just hope work happens. Nor did he mean we should slop through our work.
Instead I believe he meant that often the best ideas and inspirations hit us when we focus our attention elsewhere and allow our subconscious mind to work for us.
For me this means that today I am at the library. It is a totally different environment and as such, has caused my mind to look at things from a new perspective. If I want a break I can get up, grab a magazine or book and gain a fresh perspective.
Your brain has a tiny region called the Basal Ganglia that loves to repeat negative messages over and over. It is your panic center. For many people, that region of the brain is running rampant now as they look at the economy and think, "doom and gloom."
Here is the rub- when that part of your brain kicks in it SHUTS DOWN your part of the brain that is your executive reasoning. It actually stops you from being creative, calm and thinking through things logically.
So, if you believe the doom and gloom, then it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy for you. You will look for ways to protect, defend, and stop losses. What you won't do is look for gains, ways to explode and ways to create big wins.
There is another secret Leonardo understood intuitively as can be witnessed by perusing his notebooks. He understood that much can be gained by cross pollinating ideas from one object to the next. In order to understand flying he did intense observation of birds. He looked to nature to give him ideas of things he could combine, reconstruct, refigure or improve in to something concrete that used as a tool.
So be rational, realistic and opportunistic during these times. For these are the times that define who we are and what we can become!
TAKE ACTION: What have you done to create a new inspiring mood for yourself today? Your job is to give your best each day which means you need to make sure you create the environment to give that best.