This is a true story.
One of my coaching clients had taken on the task of brainstorming big-picture messages that she wanted to communicate. She took some time to record her thoughts. In that moment of inspiration, she created several powerful statements that resonated with her. In fairly short order, her thoughts then moved towards how to translate those messages into tangible outcomes or actions. That’s when the flow stopped, and inspiration right along with it.
Goodbye, creativity… hello, resistance.
Introverts love the inner world of ideas, more than we tend to love the outer world of objects. There’s nothing wrong with that preference, it’s just how we’re wired. The challenge comes when we start being manipulated by our “just do it!,” externally motivated culture. In feeling pressure to DO our ideas (turn ideas into objects), we sometimes push aside our need to BE with our ideas… to let them settle in and expand and take shape.
Instead of giving our ideas space to breathe, we become obsessed with how they fit into a spreadsheet.
It’s a slippery slope from there. Spreadsheets can lead to preemptive anxiety, because they represent taking those ideas public and all that entails: influencing others, expending massive amounts of energy, engaging in promotion, and opening our ideas up to judgment (critical and financial).
The almost inevitable result of that anxiety? Breaking down in Stuck City.
If you have great ideas but get stuck on implementation, consider your readiness for action. Listen to where the pressure to “act now or else!” is coming from. Consider that perhaps it’s too early in your process to make the internal external.
So maybe you’re really not stuck at all… you’re simply getting ahead of yourself. Slowing down allows you to focus on putting one foot in front of the other, to do each necessary and very doable step before making the next move.
When we leapfrog from a light-bulb moment to “how much am I going to charge people for this?,” we miss an opportunity to experience the evolution of moving from idea to implementation. We rush to market, then wonder why we feel insecure with our offering.
When that stuck feeling rears its ugly head, ask yourself: who’s in control here? Is it my outer ego, or my inner truth? Who’s the boss of me?
A healthy ego helps us believe in the worth of our ideas and gives us the courage and energy to manifest them. It’s when we give away our power to our unhealthy, fear-based ego (“but I have to make money now!”) that we experience blocks and resistance.
We introverts are more likely to expand our healthy ego if we give ourselves space, solitude and silence to hear our inner truth. Then we can hear it saying clearly