Unleash your inner Genie!
Ahhh, I love words: in·gen·ious/inˈjēnyəs/Adjective
1. (of a person) Clever, original, and inventive.
2. (of a machine or idea) Cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose.
Working motherhood can zap the very lifeblood out of you. When my children hear me answer the ‘phone in work mode ‘Suzy Rigg speaking’ they mercilessly tease me for hours afterwards. What’s so funny I say, that I have a name other than ‘m-uuuuu-m’ or that I answer to other people apart from them? The point is we are spread very thinly and it’s easy to forget who we are and what gets us excited about life. If you are a mumpreneur it’s likely that you are following your dream or at least doing something you really enjoy. As an employee you may feel fulfilled but yearn to have more time for hobbies or creative activities. Whatever your position, it’s time to summon your inner genie! Sounds ingenious? It is! We need to embrace our elusive inner genie, and look forward to some exciting results! If you are working on a creative project and looking for inspiration or in the midst of a life or career change but not sure how you will make ends meet without the security of a regular income, here are some tips to help you (re)-find your spark of ‘genius’:
***Gold hoop earrings optional ***
1. WRITE THINGS DOWN
This thing has whizzed around in your head for too long. You owe it to yourself and your future to find a way out. Writing things down will help to unscramble thoughts and ideas buried deep within you. Some people are list-makers, others like vision boards, spider diagrams, pretty notebooks, postcards etc, however you do it, you need to ‘cluster’ your ideas together – be brutally honest, then walk away. Sometimes 24 hours is all it takes for your ingenuity to kick in. The ‘overnight’ test is always a good one, as the thoughts will be uppermost in your brain, and during sleep the subconscious mind takes over. Some people even sleep with a note pad and pen nearby in case inspiration strikes during the night. Try it.
2. TALK TO SOMEONE
Therapy can be expensive. There are so many different types of therapists available, choosing one can become an issue itself! Life coaches, EFT (emotional freedom therapy) and NLP practitioners are prolific and can provide a good sounding board for moving your life forward or helping you to resolve a troubling issue. Talking to someone who has NO knowledge or experience of your predicament can sometimes shed fresh and intriguing light on your situation; helping you to access your own spark of hidden genius. A non-judgmental, listening ear can help you come to your own solutions; it’s the vocalisation process that helps you access your inner genie!
3. ESCAPE INTO CREATIVITY
Reading, painting, drawing or doodling, listening to music, making something with a child or young person, playing a complicated game with a competitive opponent are all examples of things you can do to release the genie from the bottle. Total immersion in creative activity allows you to process the decisions you have been grappling with. Being in a relaxed state of mind will help your inner genie do its work.
I have left this last, as this would seem to be the most obvious thing to do, but in my experience it’s actually much more difficult to do than you might think. Just ‘centre yourself’ and the answers will come. What sit still..’phone off, computer off, no interruptions, when..? how? I strongly recommend further research about meditation and techniques on how to ‘quiet’ the brain. The evidence suggests that it can help reduce stress and facilitate decision-making in our busy modern lives. It’s worth closer inspection.
Using a combination of all these techniques can help to move forward in your life in a natural and inexpensive way. Finding your inner genie is not really about being ‘clever’, it’s about realising that each of us has within us the power to find answers to the challenges that life presents as well as the creativity and strength to make our lives more manageable and more joyful.
So go on, let yours out…!
© Suzy Rigg