If you’re like me, you get some of your best insights when you step away from your desk
And some of your best surprises.
A couple days ago while taking a walk, I crossed paths with a stranger who smiled and said, “I’m going to call you Rapunzel!”
His off-the-wall comment made me smile and reminded me of how important it is to get away from the computer. I enjoy the offbeat, unexpected things that happen when I go on “walkabout,” whether it’s in a far off, exotic location like Bali, where I hold a writing retreat for women, or in my own back yard.
Sometimes it’s best to let your hair down and just get outside and engage with life.
I started my business because I’m a writer and I’m happy when being creative. A fortune teller in Japan actually told me I’d die if I worked in an office. At the time I was working at a news service full of florescent lights and second-hand smoke. Journalism was a great training ground for writing, but I wanted to do my own writing and use the gifts I’d been given rather than write about someone else’s business. (I also wanted to be able to take time off in the winter to visit my spiritual master in India.)
But once I started writing books, I found out I had to market them. Ugh! That’s not a pleasant realization for most writers. It takes a whole different part of your brain. But I bit the bullet and started to learn about marketing. However, every aspect of it seemed to drag me into a whole new universe of information overload and a feeling that there was more to learn. Until one day I looked around and had to ask myself, was I a writer, or a marketer?
That question was answered each time I went to Bali for my writing retreat, and I’d awaken from the tech nightmare to remember that I’m a free spirit and don’t want to live my life through the Internet. I prefer connecting with people, not machines.
So when I got back home from my last retreat, I unplugged from a lot of the online noise. And you know what I found? It’s good to take a look away from your business. Staring and staring at it just takes you in the same old loop. Because there’s nothing fresh!
And honestly, if you’re in business, how many clients do you meet walking from your desk to your refrigerator? Sometimes it’s really best to just go outside and play. It helps you find fresh ideas, which you need to engage your audience — and just to keep yourself sane!
Life and business are both about engagement — engaging with the deeper aspects of yourself and the magic of existence, then bringing that to others. That’s why I’m such a fan of travel. It brings in new sights and sounds and a fresh way of looking at things.
So if you have something to share with the world, like a book or a message, and you’ve been stalling, my message to you today is, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!”
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just get out of your own way and get some engagement going. Instead of staring at your computer, go to a party, go out dancing, or just wander through a park, and pick some daisies until inspiration hits.
Your brain needs a rest to produce your best.