Why you should allow yourself to get lost in your thoughts.
There are many days where I wake up with an action plan. Many days where I tell myself that today is going to be a great day, and I have a plan in mind for what it is that I am going to do to make it such a great day.
Then, there are days that are just like today. Days where I am happy as can be, but just don’t know what to think. No matter how hard I try to think, my brain is just not wanting to connect the dots. It is almost as if nothing is in this big old head of mine.
The more that I am growing in this journey called life, the more I am realizing that this is normal. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be the most motivated and productive person in the world every single day of my life. But let’s face it, we are human. Sometimes, our brains just need a little bit of time to reset and instead of being pushed to the brink of insanity. Yep, today is one of those reset days for me.
As I was driving to work, I was trying to think of some things that I wanted to write about today. This is normally when I am feeling the most positive and motivated.
But again, it seemed like no matter how hard I tried to think of something, I would just find myself getting lost in my own thoughts, thinking of something completely irrelevant instead, or staring off at the beautiful fall leaves.
Well, after a 30 minute long car ride, and still no solid ideas to talk about, I was left wondering why I wasn’t feeling that spark in my mind. I mean, I know what I want to talk about. I suppose that I could have forced myself to talk about them. But it just wouldn’t have seemed right if I was not going to be able to express my thoughts with how I once envisioned them.
Then, this crazy thought came to me. A crazy thought that I have never let myself grasp before. Maybe my mind just didn’t want to think deeply today. Maybe I am just a little tired and need a “mental reset.” Crazy, right? I guess I am only being somewhat sarcastic. Me and the ‘r’ word (relaxing) have never really seen eye-to-eye.
What I am having to learn, is to just accept the fact that sometimes I do just need to take a step back and let my mind reset. I need to learn to relax more instead of trying to overdo it and beating myself up for simply being human.
The truth is, we all have days where we are going to feel more productive than others. We all have days where we are going to feel more energetic than others. But on days where we may be lacking that extra boost of energy or motivation, we need to learn to just take that time as an opportunity to let our minds just reset. Why not let you mind wander and get lost in your thoughts? It’s not like we are ever going to be perfect.
This doesn’t mean that you should just give up. This just means that you should learn to do your best with how it is that you are feeling. That is what life is about, right? Just doing and being the best that you can be.
So if you are not feeling that extra push of motivation today, just accept it. It isn’t going to do you any good to sit there and beat yourself up. Trust me, that is something that I had to learn the hard way. Every time that I tried to force my thoughts, I would become frustrated. Not only frustrated with myself, but frustrated towards my surroundings. Any amount of motivation that I had would fly right out the window.
Instead, take the opportunity to let go and live in the now. Do your best with what you have, and come out swinging tomorrow. Who knows, you might even find that by letting your mind reset, you will be even more focused and more determined to achieve your goals. Focus on you long term goals instead of the short term rewards.
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