What Uptown Funk and a headstand have in common

I put on Uptown Funk and did a headstand in my living room.  (Side note: if you don’t know what Uptown Funk is, you MUST go to youtube and watch the Bruno Mars video.  It will make you happy.  Dancing along will make you even happier.)  Sometimes we need to see things from a fresh perspective, and shake things up, in order to spark our inspiration.

I love routines.  I love lists.  I love when things “go as planned.”  However, I also love fun, adventure, flexibility, and creativity.  Today we’re talking about how to make sure your life isn’t so predictable that you feel flat and uninspired.

Because you can’t be your most badass and brilliant self when you aren’t fully alive and awake.  And, as I’ve said before, the world needs your greatness.  Truly, it does!

So, this morning I was feeling groggy.  My daughter was up for three hours last night and it’s gray outside.  I needed to wake up and jump start my day.  I drank some tea and honored my sleepiness for a moment.  And then I put on a favorite song and did a headstand.  (Yes, this image may make you laugh.) When I then sat down to write, I found that I had several ideas, whereas before I was empty of any brain juice.

When you feel blah, ask yourself these 3 questions:

When was the last time you did something spontaneous?

When was the last time you tried something new (like new food, yoga, or skydiving)?

When was the last time you did something you used to love to do (like dance, rock climb, or sing)?

If you can’t remember, or it’s been a while, then it’s time to PLAY.  Our brains and our bodies need us to keep them agile.  And perhaps more importantly, our soul and spirit need this boost of fresh perspective too.

Now, if dancing isn’t your thing, that’s cool.  Find something that is.  Wear those shoes you bought and LOVE, but “never have occasion to wear.”  Call the old friend you’ve been missing and catch up for hours.  Dust off your journal, and write freely, for fun.  Have sex on a weeknight.  Pitch an article for publication.  Sleep on the other side of the bed.

Shake things up.  Sometimes the answer that we are looking for, the inspiration that we seek, the energy we desire is just out of our line of sight.  When we playfully change our perspective, we get a new worldview.  And it can be totally awesome.

In the comments below, tell us something you’re going to do to shake things up and get a fresh perspective.  We’d love to hear your fun ideas, and they will surely spark our own creativity.

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Keep being Badass + Brilliant.  You are change agents.  The world needs you.

Here’s to shaking things up,


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