Does this ever happen to you? You’re excited about an idea you have and then you decide to do a little research on the internet. You know – just to see if the idea already exists in some form. You type some words in to Google, get directed to someone’s website, read their blog, click on a link, and then another one, and then you get caught up in someone else’s idea and wonder why you didn’t think of it first and so on. That’s happened to me…um… a few times. And every time I’ve ended up further away from my own unique creation and have lost precious time in the process.
The only way for me to not get distracted from my own dreams and vision is to turn off the computer and literally, go back to the drawing board. I have had some great brainstorming sessions with a doodle pad and pencil crayons. I do prefer words to pictures when I’m trying to pin down my thoughts but occasionally I’ll doodle a little something while I’m letting my mind wander.
When it’s just me and paper I am so much more open to incoming ideas; I can literally hear myself think and I have the opportunity to sit blankly and relax into my breathing. I can’t be knocked off my log.
This week, I invite you to try that. If you are prone to surfing the net to get ideas or if you find that you are spending too much time connected to “what’s out there” in cyberspace, take a break and go back to the drawing board. That could be your journal, an easel with a doodle pad or canvas, or it could be an armchair that offers you quiet and stillness.
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