Dear problem, I’m going to conquer you.
This visit to the (free!) ship thrift store connected me to a pendulum clock shaped like an owl that ticks just like the big, fancy clock in the house I grew up in. This one is less fancy, more fun and cost nothing! I was so excited to find it. It looked brand new and would make my cabin feel a little bit more like a home.
I quickly discovered it would be tricky to hang. The pendulum had to be hanging perfectly vertical in order to swing. I’m dealing with magnets and steel walls and couldn’t get the right angle. Ruben got involved and we started working with a combination of sticky tack, magnets, and string to affix this clock to the wall at the perfect level so it would tick!
We tried a few methods, none of them working, and then it came to me: a brilliant idea that might work.
I’m already comfortable in this new year. It doesn’t even feel new anymore. I could use a jolt year-long, not just the first of January.
Ideas are powerful!
That is the power and beauty of ideas. Ideas get things done. Ideas make things possible. We’ve all felt that light bulb buzzing over our heads. When I’m working fruitlessly and coming up with nothing, that light bulb gives me a burst of power to keep going.
Why do we just wait for ideas to pop up? We need to go out and find them! That brilliant feeling of the perfect idea coming to mind can happen more often than fate would allow.
Ideas breed ideas. Average ideas give birth to good ideas give birth to great ideas.
When you’re always looking, you’re more likely to stumble across things.
So when I read about this man’s morning routine with only 3 steps, I was intrigued. I tried it.
I woke up a bit earlier than I normally would, pulled out my appropriately named Be Brilliant journal and started with gratefulness.
Step 1: Gratefulness. That was easy. I can do that. I have blessings pouring out of my ears. (I’ve also tried this method for recording gratefulness.)
Step 2: Free-writing. I’m not good at writing randomly, so this is my least favorite part. But at least it gets me writing and serves as an outlet for a minute or two of whichever emotion comes out first.
Step 3: 10 Ideas. This is the hardest, but I love it. I have not yet succeeded at coming up with all 10. I think my max is 7 or 8 since I started in October. Those 7 or 8 take every ounce of brain power I have. I allow myself to write down anything I think of, no matter how simple.
You can almost feel your brain sweating from the effort. It’s the same sting as holding a stretch for just 10 seconds more, 9, 8… and can’t wait to let go, relax. It’s mental exercise.
It’s hard but worth it!
Imagine how innovative we would be if we stretched our brains consistently?
How often do good ideas slip away because we didn’t write them down?
How often do we convince ourselves our ideas aren’t very good?
How often do we think of something promising, but offer it by saying, “I don’t know if this is a good idea, but…” (Note to self: This is not a winning intro. And yes, I do this all the time.)
My goal is to do this morning routine every day. I’ve already made a part of my daily ritual. It’s really cool to see all the things you think of. Sometimes the ideas are trivial. Other times I think of something really clever. And there are also times when the trivial ideas eventually morph into something helpful.
We are all idea machines. Every single one of us. It’s a gift from God. In fact, I believe it’s a characteristic we share with God. He’s great at original designs. He made us this way and He wants us to use our whole brain.
If you were wondering, I did hang my owl clock successfully with a strange combination of magnets. My idea worked!
Do you have a morning routine for your brain? Most of us have a hygiene routine or a breakfast routine, but what about a routine for you brain?
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