Your businesses, your brand, and your career path are probably the most important, (if not THE most important), aspects of your life. As an entrepreneurial gent, it’s our nature to create. Those creations are born from our passion for change, developing intellect and unstoppable niche products and memorable items. Naturally, these creations can become all we see, and this can be a beautiful thing.
It can also pose huge challenges.
Sometimes we get so close to our vision, our current model, our story, our timeline, that we lose a little clarity. Perhaps our creations become a little too blurred, or on the flip side, too precious. We might get bored with ourselves and lose inspiration. Our business might take a hit, and our confidence might wane.
I have been there, done that, fallen flat, lost my mojo, got distracted, dropped a ball, became too obsessed, came up short, came up blank, and then some. Throughout my journey as an entrepreneur, I have discovered how important it is to unplug, try something new, act a fool, walk away from convention and fearlessly jump into the unknown.
And sometimes, all it takes is the simplest act to come back to yourself. Like listening to a new song, or grabbing a beer with a college buddy, or finding that long lost flame and making...a memorable night. Here are 30 tips for you to shake off your creative stagnancy and find your groove thang.
1) Go for a long bike ride, feel the wind on your face, pop in your ear buds and listen to your favorite album. Don’t have a bike? Rent one.
2) Head to your local brewery and buy some beer for you, me, and your dad.
3) Have a lengthy conversation with a five year old.
4) Harness your inner grade-school art student. Buy a bulletin board or a piece of poster board. Grab that stack of magazines in your bathroom, clip through it and create a vision board. Place it somewhere you look directly at every single day.
5) Learn to meditate.
6) Volunteer for a cause close to you and your own. For me, working on causes benefiting those inflicted with autism and diabetes are big because it hits home.
7) Clean your apartment, studio, bedroom, brah. Nobody wants to feel like you're still living in your college dorm room with your foreign exchange student roommate, Bjorn. Clean up, freshen those sheets, and open your window.
9) Travel to a foreign place. As Americans, we need our passports. We are no longer the center of the universe, and we need to learn about the way others live their lives.
10) Immerse yourself in a new neighborhood, community, culture. If you dare, go by yourself.
11) Try a new workout. If you're a chest man, try legs, brah. Dudes don't let other dudes skip leg day.
12) Go for a run. Whether you're an active runner or not so much, this will become your BFF.
13) Meet up for a coffee with a new pal or colleague in an entirely different line of work than you, or from an entirely different world than you.
14) Ask questions.
15) Become an active listener.
16) Invest a couple of dollars into a boutique agency where your money will go far. This is one of our faves.
17) Take a road trip.
18) If you’re so blessed to have a grandparent in your life, spend an afternoon with them and ask them to tell you stories of their life in their 20s and 30s. If you can, spend many.
19) Listen to your mom's advice.
20) Listen to your dad's advice.
21) Support a local GoFundMe campaign for a good cause. This one is definitely note-worthy.
22) Compliment people more in general.
23) Lose weight naturally. This all-natural essence boosts results and fast.
24) Forgive someone who’s hurt you.
25) Say you’re sorry to someone you’ve hurt.
26) Quit something that no longer feels authentic to you to open space for something that does.
27) Turn off the TV and go to bed an hour earlier. Get up an hour earlier and don’t immediately check your phone.
28) Do something that scares the eff out of you. No, I’m not suggesting you go to the jungles of Cambodia or swim with sharks. Sometimes the scariest thing in the world can be telling someone how you really feel, expressing your truth or simply changing your mind about something and switching directions. Get out of your comfort zone. Release those blocks. Let new energy flow and that stagnant bad stuff go.
29) Bring joy, play, and inspiration into the evolution of your most creative entrepreneurial self.
30) Get (more) comfortable in your skin. By embracing every bit of who you are, you are most able to reach others who are and aren't like you with your vision, mission, and life-goals.