6 Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work Ror You! by @rhramseydreamer

by RH Ramsey

creative entrepreneur

 

Where would we be without creative types? No literature to take us on journeys, no music to soothe us like a breeze, no art to give us pleasure …

Were you the artistic child, praised for your creativity, but often punished and told that you were not applying yourself? Did you grow up to be the adult who cannot go straight to sleep, because of racing thoughts, ideas, striking you as your head hits the pillow?

I can relate. For years, I beat myself up about the fact that I have been cursed with the attention span of a flea. But in my early twenties, I realized something. My wandering mind, inability to focus, and inopportune moments of inspiration, with fine-tuning, became a blessing — not a curse. Now, I am determined to make a career from being creative.

How did this epiphany happen? I listened to myself.

1. Make a habit of writing those thoughts down, no matter how big or small.

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” -Michael Leboeuf

You may be surprised to see what your subconscious was trying to tell you.

Oftentimes, the things we experience are not fully processed right away. I believe, this is why inspiration may strike at any given moment. Your inspiration – your muse – may have been something you were too busy to analyze. It could be as simple as a person who could benefit from an invention, an inspirational story, an abstract photo or painting, and like clockwork (hours later just as you find your comfy spot in bed) you are nearly paralyzed with a flood of new exciting ideas.

Write them down. Your subconscious is trying to remind, show and tell you something.

2. Accept your ideas and understand how powerful the mind truly is.

“Apparently, people tend to be governed by a deep-seated desire to maintain a sense of certainty. New ideas can trigger discomfort, since they introduce unfamiliar possibilities. The study authors cited research demonstrating that people have “a strong motivation to diminish and avoid” 2 feelings of uncertainty. As a result, many will reject ideas that threaten feelings of certainty, regardless of whether or not those ideas have merit.” icr.org

It seems, at times, we are so caught up in the logic of what can and cannot be done now, that we forget about the possibility of next week, month or year. It’s all about timing, and if you can keep track of your ideas, you will relish in the ease of starting new projects.

3. When you can, close your eyes, and let your ideas have a bit of your time.

How does it make you feel, when you have something important to say, and mid-sentence, someone cuts you off, just to tell you, you’re ridiculous?

Then, why would you do this to yourself? Instead of making your time all about silencing thoughts and negative self-talk, listen to yourself without interrupting.

Simple as that.

(… I know, I know, it’s not so simple, especially when it is 3am, and your alarm clock has no sympathy.)

4. Connect and visualize.

“Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all relevant to achieving your best life!” psychologytoday.com

Sort through and create a time line; find what can be done now, and what should be done in the future.
Take the time to visualize your project completed and successful. In order to connect with this visual, you must believe in the goal. Focus on success, inspiring and helping others. This is your project; you came up with it! Remind yourself that there is no one better for the job, than you.

5. Don’t be afraid of input.

The constructive feedback is exactly what you need, in order to move forward. The not-so good advice or mean spirited advice, will teach you to compartmentalize. You will decipher objective, subjective, useful, not useful.
The worst thing you can do to yourself, is stifle yourself and your ideas, out of fear. I have tried that method – the result? Epic fail.

6. This may seem hypocritical or opposite the aforementioned bullets, but it is vital: Disconnect and distract.

“Researchers described the features of four different cars to 27 adults. Then they separated the study participants into three groups: One group evaluated the cars right away, the second group rated the cars after thinking about the pros and cons, and the third group rated the cars after performing a distracting math-memory task. In the end, the distracted group chose the most wisely.” nbcnews.com

I really enjoyed this article. It suggested that distractions are a healthy way to deal with decision-making. When I need to clear my head, and I lay listening to music, perfectly still, thinking of everything and absolutely nothing at once, I am creating the perfect distraction.

The rushing thoughts of the creative soul are nothing to wish away. With a bit of direction, and a consistent effort to channel these thoughts, your constant flow of ideas will become your gift — not your curse.

All the best to you, my fellow creative!

Photo Credit: Katie Anderson via Compfight cc

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RH RamseyRH Ramsey is a military wife, mother of two and student. Over the course of eight years, RH has diligently researched topics ranging from but not limited to: relationships, addiction, abuse and mental illness.

RH has completed several novels, four novels near completion and five short stories. She has three self-published books: Just Beneath the Surface I, Undone and Into the Atmosphere, with many more to come. Just Beneath the Surface 2: Landon’s Story will be available at the end of 2014.
Just recently, her books have been acquired by an indie publisher.

With a passion for people, helping and learning, she hopes to continue in her quest of learning from and inspiring others.

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18 Replies to “6 Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work Ror You! by @rhramseydreamer”

  1. Mzzbzzybee

    Wonderful advice. I will use it…starting today!

    1. RH

      Absolutely awesome 🙂

  2. Bob

    What if your brain jumps around so much that you can’t focus long enough to write things down?

    1. RH

      I get that way, too, and I have no idea what to do with myself when that happens. Lots of frowning and shaking my head, mostly on those days. And of course sighs.

  3. RH

    Thank you!!
    Love that you know exactly what I mean by racing thoughts, and that they’re not always as bad as they seem 🙂 🙂
    Thank you Sheownsit for allowing me to share my ‘racing thoughts’ with your readers.

  4. Karen Dawkins

    LOVE this post! Great advice.

    Our heads are jam-packed with great ideas…. writing them down helps prioritize what to do first. My stress level plummets when I actually take the time to do this!

    Taking advice is so hard. We need to be vulnerable to that input. But, the only way to elevate a great idea is to allow input that shapes it into something the rest of the world can appreciate too. Humility is a good thing — but don’t stop dreaming just because some input is negative! Use it to constructively improve who you are and what you do.

  5. Ey Wade

    Super post, Ramsey.

  6. Erika Awakening

    Yea it really is true that our racing thoughts are not just useless. Sometimes really great ideas are coming through, and yea if we can listen and relax maybe something awesome happens. Thanks for the post 🙂

  7. Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club

    I love this! I do write down everything all the time. I have these scratch papers everywhere, and I’ll pick them up, and go over them again. That’s when I get even more ideas:)

    1. Melissa Stewart

      Same here. I have a pen & pad by the bed, in my purse, on the coffee table… Some of my best “stuff” comes from those little random bursts of inspiration.

  8. Cynthia

    I’m glad that you are sharing this. I am full of racing thoughts! I need to practice writing those thoughts down.

    1. Melissa Stewart

      When I read RH Ramsey’s guest post submission I knew we had to share! Full of great tips I need to implement!

  9. Roz K. Walker

    Great post! I’m definitely one of those adults with racing thoughts just as I’m trying to fall asleep. I keep a notebook by my bed to capture my random thoughts. I get my best ideas that way.

    1. Melissa Stewart

      I do the same thing Roz! I’ve come up with some of my best biz ideas and quotes (tweets) when I’m in bed. Notebook and pen on the nightstand = a must!

  10. RH

    I really appreciate that.
    Fear is at the root of so many things; you’re so right, it can be the worst type of security blanket.
    Thank you, again!!

  11. Andrea L.

    Wonderful, smart post. I especially like the advice to not stifle yourself out of fear. Fear can be worn like a security blanket, or it can be cast off in favor of effort and the unknown. Cheers to you for continually casting it off!

    1. Melissa Stewart

      I SO agree! We love getting the opportunity to publish awesome posts like this one!!

    2. Melissa Stewart

      Andrea I totally agree! Fill the fear and do it anyway!!

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