“If you can eliminate the outside noise, you’ll find that the answers are inside you.“ Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings
When I travel, I always make sure to read the flight magazines. Not only do I find out insanely cool facts like:
It used to take 27 hours to make an Easter Peep…When Just Born bought Rodda and automated the process, they pared it down to 6 minutes. They now produce 5 million chicks a day.
I also get writing inspiration.
The quote from the top of the post came from a short business lesson. The entire thing, including the bio was 165 words. But I thought about it the entire flight, and I’ve had that page open on my hotel desk all week long.
Here’s the opener:
“Early in my career, I believed that the stress I was feeling—and the worrying and the insomnia—was part of being successful. Yet, the minute I started making a conscious effort to let go of those things, I became more productive. Relieving the anxiety in your life is essential to being a good businessperson. If that’s gone, the mind is calm, and from a calm mind comes creativity.”
Just sub the word “writer,” “creative,” or “parent” for businessperson in that paragraph. (If you are a businessperson, substitute the word that describes your dream.)
Stress has crazy side effects on the body, from hair loss to chronic inflammation, and you can never predict how it will manifest.
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Taking 10 minutes a day for yourself, to just be in that moment inside your head, makes the world open up. Those times when I relax and linger within the kaleidoscope of color and magic of my creative mind…
Those are some freaking beautiful moments. They’re creative and exciting and strong.
Most of all, they’re worth it.
Here on this Thoughty Thursday, I’d love to discuss what you do when you’re struggling with questions that feel insurmountable. Do you take a walk, call a friend, or just sit still and search for the answers inside? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!