Get out in the fresh air. Even if you're living in the middle of a polluted city, chances are the air outside is more healthy than inside your home or office. Blow the cobwebs off - mind and body. Get the air circulating in your lungs and the bright ideas circulating in your head. This is completely different from the normal mental noise from which we all suffer. If you go out for a walk to clear your head, you know what? Your head will clear!
I often suggest to people that they need to give themselves time and space to figure out what they need to figure out. That could be anything - the solution to a problem, an important business, career or personal decision or simply to seek inspiration. This last one is particularly intriguing.
A few years ago, one of my very best friends - a Berliner living in Valencia in Spain - asked me to translate a quote from Pablo Picasso which went something along the following lines: I never know when inspiration will strike but I do my best to ensure that my mind is always ready.
Since Picasso's day, neuroscience has opened a window on our own minds for us. We now know that we can tune our conscious awareness into the here and now. And a clear and consciously aware mind, in the here and now, will provide us with insights or inspiration that our ordinary thinking minds could never imagine. But you and I need to cultivate that innate ability we all have to listen to our own inner self; not our inner voices - they come from the little bugger who never did anything useful in his life - the guy that tells me "no you can't", my own worst enemy!
Instead, I'm talking about what we might colloquially call my gut instinct - the boss here calls it her feminine intuition! The realm of grand ideas, the stuff of "now why didn't I think of that before?" - the part of my subcortical brain that neuroscience tells me effortlessly makes the right decisions and choice for me... if only I'd let it.
Today's Quick Tip talks about giving yourself a little space and time in the fresh air. Perhaps, however, from time to time, it would be a good idea to give yourself lots and lots of that lovely mind-settling time.
The Psychology of Success will take place again in Dublin on Tuesday January 16th 2018. As any of you who have participated already know, participant numbers are limited to eight and the average number is more like five or six. It's an intensive experience and is meant to be... it also happens to be a really relaxing day! So, if you know anyone who wants to come along to the IMI in Sandyford on Tuesday January 16th, share this page with them. And, if you're ready to change your own life yourself, you'll find all the details here...
The Court was told that the lady had had a "bad reaction" to some alcohol she had consumed... sounds like it might have had something to do with the amount! The lady in question had become abusive and threatened to get a gun and shoot hotel staff, in response to which the staff enrolled the help of the lady's husband. His response: he ran naked through the hotel lobby, scissors in hand, threatening to slit people's throats. I'm not making this up - this is a recent news report from Perth Sheriff Court in Scotland.
And, as if that wasn't bad enough, the defendants then ran to their car and sped off. So, not only were they both found guilty of disturbing the peace and criminal damage, the gentleman in question also got done for drink driving! Not my idea of a relaxing or romantic weekend in a Highlands hideaway hotel!