First she sang a song from a commercial about how there is no wrong way to eat a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Then she opened a loaf of Wonder Bread, and made one into a sandwich. Next, she brought out a mallet and pounded it. And finally, she added ketchup...
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It was quite an experience. In addition to the aforementioned culinary demonstration, we were treated to Rumi poetry, Latin dance, play readings, other spoken word artists, and some wonderful singers.
For me, it was a nice chance to be on the other side of the stage, just relax and take it all in. It was exactly what I needed. I woke up the next day with my creative energy recharged, filled with great ideas, and the desire to implement them.
I went through a similar experience when I was down in Key West, writing the Prosperity book series. I basically channeled the books, sometimes writing 15 hours a day. By the third night, I was sitting in front of the keyboard, but nothing was coming. So I headed off to my favorite hangout in Key West—Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville club.
It’s the only smoky, dark and crowded space you will ever see me enter of my own free will. Jimmy always has great live entertainment, and that night was no exception. There was a group called the Nace Brothers who were playing rocking covers of Van Morrison, the Stones, and some funky original stuff.
The place was elbow-to-elbow, and the noise was deafening, just the kind of scene I avoid like the plague. But I relished in it. The louder the band cranked it, the happier I got.
Of course I ordered a cheeseburger, prepared just like the song says. I know many of you are vegetarians, but if you ever go off the wagon, this is the place to do it.
Because this was such a different scene than I’m used to, all my senses were on fire. I could feel my energy rising with every new song. I headed back to my hotel and polished off the next book.
And as you know, I just returned from a Mediterranean cruise. I slept about ten hours a day, watched a bunch of World Cup games, enjoyed the spa, read some books and visited some amazing ports of call. Now I’m back refreshed and recharged, ready to rock.
So what about you?
It’s important that you give yourself creative stimulation, away from your usual environment. Do you give yourself downtime when you need it? Where do you go when you want to interact with people who think radically different than you do? What do you do when you need to turn off your business mind and relax?
If you’re relying on TV or movies, you’re getting a withering dose of negativity in exchange for your escape. Successful people find ways to unwind that build them up, not tear them down. So what will you do this week to recharge your creative genius?