I had big plans for the nine and half hour flight back from Paris last night. Catching up on emails, writing new campaigns, and strategic planning were all on the docket.
But as much as I tried to force myself to do it, I just couldn’t. I felt frustrated, and like I was slogging through thick mud as I tried to be “productive.”
The rah, rah, “macho motivational gurus” would tell you that I lacked self-discipline and that I should have “powered my way through it.”
Instead, I watched a movie—actually, more than one. But one film, in particular, changed my state and sparked a rush of creativity within me. I tell you what the movie was in a minute.
Sometimes, forcing yourself to work, especially to do creative work, is not the answer. That doesn’t mean being lazy. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t work just because you don’t feel like it. Most of the time, you should get done what needs to get done, whether you’re in the mood or not.
However, there are times where giving your mind a rest and walking away from work is one of the most productive things you can do-especially after making a valiant attempt at getting done what you planned, and it just isn’t working.
You need to listen to your mind and body to know when you should take a break versus when you’re just being lazy. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll feel the difference.
For as long as I can remember, movies have provided the mental respite I needed. For you, it might be music, walking in nature, exercise, or a myriad of other things.
The movie I watched was titled “Blinded By The Light.” It’s about a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic hardships while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He’s then introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen, and his life is set on a new trajectory. It’s based on a true story; it’s inspiring, and, as I said, it got my creative juices flowing. After watching it, I took out my journal and started writing with ease.
Listen to yourself, my friend, and permit yourself to do what you need to do – even if that means not working. You’re an entrepreneur, and you’re worth it.
Kick butt, make mucho DEEnero!
Dave “Born In The USA” Dee
P.S. Some of the creativity that came forth after watching the movie has to do with the S3 Summit we’re doing this October in Orlando. I tell you more on Friday when we release more tickets.
Dave Dee is the author of the new book, “Sales Stampede” that shows you how to create and deliver signature presentations from the stage or via webinars that sell your consultations, products, or services like magic. For more information and to grab your copy, CLICK HERE now.