How to get off the Crazy Train and Spark a New Idea in one easy Step

Everyone likes to get a little crazy sometimes, myself included. (Reading this because you got it in your inbox? Congratulations - you're a subscriber! Please hold tight while we work out a few technical issues and click here to read this post in the browser on your desktop or mobile device. Cheers!)

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then I know a lot of people (myself very much included) who like to take an occasional ride on the crazy train.

Take ruts, for example. You know, those things we all get stuck in. I usually get stuck in them when I'm lying down. I don't know why exactly it works that way, but usually when I'm run down, exhausted and fresh out of ideas, I tend to find myself contemplating that reality whilst simultaneously lying horizontal. There's just something about the two ideas that seem to go together: defeat and a good ol' mattress plop. Anyways, I usually wind up feeling stuck when I'm literally stuck under the covers and don't want to get out, and the crazy part is this: once I've realized I'm not getting anywhere, I like to stay in exactly the same spot I was in as though it's somehow going to get me out.

But I heard a long time ago and read again recently that I can't think myself out of something using the same brain I used to get into it. Why is it then that I still habitually find myself continuing on with the same action that landed me stuck in the first place as a means of getting out? It takes a conscious effort to remember that my answers don't lie under my pillow in these instances, but rather in doing something that I probably don't want to do…like getting up and taking a walk, for instance.

It wouldn't seem blatantly apparent that walking around aimlessly up and down the streets surrounding my apartment would lead to any kind of spiritual revelation, but contrary to common understanding, it's actually quite the useful tool when it comes to re-thinking things. My only gage as to why this is the case is because it's taking myself, my confused, all-blocked-up self, and putting her in a new situation. My blood starts flowing differently, my eyes begin seeing new surroundings, and I am suddenly filled with ideas I wouldn't have had before because they weren't possible in that old, tired space.

I try to put this into practice in my day-to-day, whether it's taking a short break from my desk to run to Starbucks, going to a yoga class, taking a walk after work or just simply getting up from wherever I happen to be sitting. It's the simple things that really work the most magic, I've found, and while it's impossible for us to find new ideas in an old place, they are usually waiting for us in the new place we can choose to walk into at any time.

What do you do when you're stuck in a rut? How do you get out and find new ideas, or change the way things are going to stumble upon something that works more easily for you? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section - I would love to hear them!


Laura Max