When I’m flowing with more ideas than I can keep up with I ask myself one thing: what was my state of mind when I had those ideas?
When I have the most ideas in life is usually when I have the most drama, conflict, and high energy.
High energy is what gives fuel to the drama because you want to win. When you have low energy and drama in your life, you tend to avoid conflict all together. In a way, not being hyped up can work to your advantage.
If you find yourself full of energy and you’ve gotten into some drama then:
- You want to solve the problem.
- You want to be right.
- You don’t want to be on the defense.
- You’ve got the time and energy.
To be honest, I get the most fired up when I’m into conflict and drama. This is counter to all the advice I give on this site, which is: cut the negative friends & influences out of your life.
But sometimes drama finds you so you might as well channel that experience into something productive.
Sometimes life gets too boring and you need to throw a wrench into the system. Watching the sparks go flying is an amazing sight sometimes.
If you want add more fuel to the fire do these:
- Heavy lifting and breaking a sweat
- Wim Hof Breathing (done first thing in the morning).
- Cold Showers
If I want to slow my energy down, and just chill out and relax — I just do less of the above.
Find ways to increase your energy levels. Scott Adams of the book, “How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big” has some great tips — such as only leaving food around your house that gives you energy and is healthy.
That’s something I should do, but the system I have works for me.
It seems counter-intuitive to want to find drama. But after all these years I can say that most of my ideas come from adversity.