Have you ever been stuck? Like really stuck where you can not think your way through what you are trying to solve, racking your mind for the next creative burst and nothing comes?
Me TOO! I think we all have and I have a little trick that I have learned that I want to share with you today.
I will give you a hint, I am doing it right now. I am demonstrating this right now by writing on a a topic that is totally left field to what I have been sharing about.
The awesome move I am talking about is called "Pattern Interrupt."
Choosing to interrupt a pattern is one of the many skills that my Emotional Intelligence mentor, Kathlyn Hendricks has taught me. Here is how it goes… when you notice you are stuck, in any way… change one thing.
Simple, I know, and, when practiced over time yields profound results.
Here is why this is a magical process...
When I interrupt myself and go in a completely different direction then my brain or body was going, I naturally begin creating a new muscle where there was not one before. I create unfamiliarity, causing my brain and body to act differently and creates innovation by doing.
Just like a seasoned weight lifter changes their routines to create muscle confusion, same rule applies to the way we do other things. What kind of things? Anything… find yourself stuck on a project at your computer, change one thing about the way you or sitting, or go for a five minute walk. Having trouble sleeping through the night, change the side of the bed you are sleeping on and the fragrance of the room by defusing an essential oil into the air. Hitting a plateau on a project? Do something radically different like go for a hike instead of work one morning.
The purpose is to create just enough confusion to bring you back to a place of clarity, a new place where whatever emerges is the new idea, and it usually comes to you while you are moving instead of while you are sitting and thinking.
If you are in any type of leadership role, which I believe everyone on the planet is, this is a wonderful practice to try and role model. By YOU becoming uncomfortable with the unknown it creates a confidence within yourself.
Be unconventional, try something NEW, interrupt your patterns in favor of not getting stuck. Because after all, everything we do is interrelated, how you do one thing is how you do EVERYTHING. If that is the case, choose different, choose new, choose discomfort in favor or learning what it is like to bend and flex in new ways.
So give it a try, go into the unknown in favor of growing into your true capabilities and please, let me know how it goes! I LOVE talking about the BIG LEAPS people are taking. Get after it ;-)
Lindsey Rainwater, also known as Lindsey RainH2O, is a sought-after business consultant, leadership coach, writer and presenter to the fitness and wellness industry. For more information about Rainwater, follow her on Twitter@LindseyRainH2O