Have you been feeling rather unmotivated lately? Maybe you’ve not really wanted to do anything, but you’re afraid of being “lazy”. But you’re not getting much inspiration to do anything, go anywhere, or create anything in the way of awesomeness. Perhaps you’ve even worried that you’ll always feel this way, and positive inspiration will never come.
If this is you, then I have a great trick for you. And it involves using boredom in a constructive way. Ready to find out what it is? Watch the video!
Are you having some trouble being inspired to positive action lately? Maybe, you’re feeling a little bit uninspired; you’re feeling, maybe, even a little bit lazy. And maybe, you’re even criticizing yourself for not having all that much motivation lately.
Well, I’m going to teach you how to use boredom, and why boredom is so important in order to help you fuel your creativity, your productivity and your fun.
Hey guys, its Melody Fletcher, and I want to tell you all about how to use boredom in order to fuel your fun and your productivity.
So, here’s the thing that I’ve come to realize, and a lesson I had to learn over, and over, and over again, and just had to learn again recently, because I have such a tendency to get stuck into big projects, to just run, run, run for a long time, weeks on end, and at the end of it I forget to stop running.
So, what happens is that, there’s like this train that’s moving, and I’m right in front of the train, and I’m just trying to run a little bit faster than the train, just pushing ahead, pushing ahead, pushing ahead a little bit. Now, this can be very, very subtle, but what I have learned is if I then remember, after I’ve come off of a big project to just relax and wait; what basically happens is like, here’s the train, and here’s me running in front of the train, and now I stop, and then that train catches up with me, and then just carries me forward. Everything becomes really, really easy, that’s why I’m inspired to new creativity, to new projects, to whatever. Right?
That’s also when I’m inspired to have fun. So, I’ve been testing this out with a few of my clients, and it seems like this isn’t just a thing that works for Melody! It’s a thing that works for a lot of people, and it might work for you as well.
Allow yourself to get bored
So, what you have to do is: You have to allow yourself to get bored. You have to allow yourself to actually slow down and recover from whatever stress you might have been under before, or recover from some big project that you may have worked on. Even if you’re coming off of really positive inspiration, you still have to do this, but definitely if you’re coming off, sort of, a negative situation.
Being in the recovery mode
Now, the first thing that happens when we slow down, is we go into recovery mode, and this is generally where we don’t want to do anything. You really just want to sit on the couch and read a book, or watch Netflix, or something. Right? And then, we can feel really, really lazy, because, “Oh, shouldn’t I be doing something?” So, what we have to do is: Is we have to sit with it long enough to let that discomfort of “Shouldn’t I be doing something?” come up. Now, that is NOT positive inspiration. That discomfort that makes you want to get up and just do anything; ANYTHING, but just sit here, that is fear. It is not positive inspiration. It feels uncomfortable. And, what you have to do is, you have to actually wait through that. You have to stand your ground, let yourself be super lazy, as much as you can. Give in to that fully, which means, that you let yourself enjoy the laziness. You’re not beating up on yourself the entire time, wishing that you were doing something else, or thinking that you should be doing something else. You’re actually letting yourself sit, and be lazy.
Allow the discomfort
And, allow that discomfort to come up. Allow yourself to feel it because it will pass if you do, and you will come through to the other side. How long that takes really depends on how stressed out you were. Back in my corporate days, it would take me a good week and a half, to two weeks, of just doing nothing to get into a bored state. Since I hardly ever took vacations longer than that, it didn’t happen very often.
Now, it might take a day or two for me to get into the bored state, because I do manage my energy much better. And, like I said, if I’m coming off of a big project, I need to remember to slow down, really to a stop, to give myself some time to just do absolutely nothing, and then, the fun and the inspiration will be inspired; the creativity gets inspired.
And, I’ve been using this with my clients. Maybe they’re stuck on having some idea and they actually, when they are honest with themselves, they say, “Well you know? What I really want to do is just go and lie down. What I really want to do is just sit on the couch all day and read a novel, and I don’t really want to do anything else.” And then, I always say, “Go do that.” And, if they give themselves full permission to do that, I always get an email 2 days later going, “Oh my God! I had a huge insight!” There you go!
Positively inspired action feels good; it feels delicious; it’s something that you actually want to do, it’s not something that you’re forcing into action or into being. And that’s where, really, the trick is. Like I said, don’t run in-front of the train, running just a little bit faster than the train, always trying to stay ahead of it. Let the train carry you. It is so much easier. Again, we all need to learn this lesson, me included.
So, hopefully, this was beneficial to you. Try letting yourselves be bored. Not, for ages, and ages, and ages; but just try letting yourself be bored. And, one more quick tip about that is that, when you are first inspired into recovery, which means you are inspired to really, kind of, do nothing; do not be afraid that, that’s how it’s always going to be. Because, when you get through that recovery period, you will be inspired to all kinds of things that, maybe don’t appeal to you right now because you’re needing to recover, maybe don’t feel right, right now, but will when you get there.
So, they might not feel joyous right now. Don’t try to come up with a list of things that you might be inspired to do – that’s not how this works. Let the energy settle, let yourself get into a state of boredom, and suddenly inspiration will strike. It’s a great little tip that seems to be incredibly effective for a lot of people and so, hopefully, it will be for you too.
Try it, let me know how it goes, below in the comments. If you also have any questions, or anything that you’d want me to answer in a video like this; then, go ahead and ask me that, below as well.
I will see you soon. Thank you for bringing your light to the world. Bye.