Mindsets

You Can’t Force Inspiration

Inspiration is an elusive thing. When you summon it, it ignores your call. When you least expect it, there it is. It awakens you from your sleep. It finds you in the most inconvenient places. It comes to you at unexpected times.

For several nights I sat in front of my computer with the intention of completing a blog on stress. What I actually did was type a bunch of sentences and paragraphs, then edit and eventually delete them. I knew what I wanted to say, I simply wasn’t saying it in an inspired way.

Later that week I boarded a flight for a business trip to Washington D.C. I brought my briefcase full of every digital gadget possible, surprising it contained not a single sheet of paper.

It hit me just after the announcement was made to please turn off all electrical devices. I had the idea, but I couldn’t use my iPad and had no paper. I had to grab the barf-bag from my seat pocket to write it down before I forgot it.

The moral of the story – always be prepared. The sub-conscious mind works in mysterious (and wonderful) ways. When your conscious thought gets out of its way, your sub-conscious will deliver the perfect inspiration…but at a time and place of its choosing. Always keep a notepad and pen handy, or a stack of barf-bags by your side if you prefer.

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By |March 21st, 2012|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

Stress

Forty-four years ago Dr’s. Holmes and Rahe devised a self-administered test for stress that they based on Life Change Units(LCU). It is widely accepted today as a basis for quantifying personal stress and its potential to impact health. In fact, the Holmes and Rahe test is considered Gold Standard by the AIS (American Institute of Stress). The test tallies a score assigned to LCUs into a personal cumulative total, and rates the likelihood of illness or accident based on an individual’s total LCU score. Scores below 150 carry a 35% chance of illness or accident within two years, 150 to 300 a 51% chance and 300+ an 80% chance.

America has endured 4+ years of unprecedented change and financial uncertainty. Nearly to a person, we have all been impacted – directly and/ or indirectly. While we may (I say this cautiously) have seen the worst of this financial volatility, the stress it created is real, residual and its effects lingering… measurably. Let me illustrate by listing a few LCU categories that many or most of us can relate to; Work adjustments – 39, changes in financial status – 38,  mortgage/ personal debt in excess of $10,000 – 31, changes in work responsibilities – 29, changes in work hours/ conditions – 20, changes in sleeping habits – 16, changes in eating habits – 15. If you are like me, and can string all of these together, your baseline score is already 188 – placing you at a 51% chance of illness/ accident. Add to that any additional stressors, such as divorce – 73, marital separation – 65, loss of job – 47, marriage – 50, and you can see how the score can quickly approach 300.

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