I’ve had one of those days already today. All my best-laid plans went out the window as a few client excitements took precedence. But they were good client excitements. It’s always nice to hear that an editor likes a client’s manuscript and emails to give you a heads up!
All the good news makes me realize that it’s not the high points or the low points that make a good environment for ideas. Preparing for a good idea comes not to a frenzied mind, but a mind that is ready and available to be an “idea catcher.”
For me to catch a good idea I want to be wholehearted and ready to risk being vulnerable. To allow myself to be open to whatever comes, like in this post.
The point of this entire blog is to help YOU (and me) to prepare for ideas and to make them better. Preparing for ideas isn’t a one-time thing. It’s ongoing, daily, every hour, every minute. It’s basically teaching yourself to live all over again.
How often do we go numb, slide off into not having to think, because we’re tired or life has worn us down? How many times do we give up on a dream or an idea because we’re not feeling our usual selves?
How often do we beat ourselves up about it? Why do we give ourselves a load of crap for simply feeling as if we can’t quite muster up the energy to do what we thought we wanted to do?
Preparing for ideas is simply giving ourselves a break. It’s letting us let go of the rules, the shoulds, the many, many endless litanies that we or others recite around most of life’s events.
Who cares if we’re not doing it right? Who cares if we’re not doing what others are doing? Who cares if we’re not doing what others think is enough?
Prepare for ideas by accepting where you are, even in the not-so-great moments.