Creative Block? Sweat It Out!

Sweat It Out

I dread it.  At the same time I’m drawn to it.  I have a love/hate relationship with running.  I procrastinate about getting out and pounding the pavement, even though I know that I’m a better person all the way around when I exercise.  Sometimes my excuse is just finding the time.

Make time.  It’s in your best interest.

I took this picture when I got back into the car after a jog the other day.  Yes, it was almost 100 degrees and the middle of the afternoon.  I had a lengthy list of things to check off my to-do list before the end of the day.  I didn’t have the time to spare.  But I needed the mental break.  I was experiencing creative block.

Not just a malady for right-brain types.

Creative block is a constant enemy to artists, writers, photographers and the like.  But it is also a fact of life for all types of professions.  You don’t have to be a right-brained person to experience it.  Creative block may sneak up and attack you during a brainstorming session with your team, or in the midst of drawing out a project plan.  Whenever the flow of useful information is disrupted, guess what?  Yep, you guessed it…creative block has found you.

An active body yields an active mind.

Physical exercise is one of the surest cures for creative block.  Running, walking, biking, hiking…whatever your pleasure, working up a sweat is a beneficial way to get through a creative crisis.  Great leaders like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have discovered the clarity of thought created by an active body.  This article from CNN extols the benefits of walking meetings.  Sweat has a way of clearing brain functions the way it clears the pores.

The next time you  find yourself stuck, frustrated, running your hands repeatedly through your hair – get outside and sweat it out.  Not only is it good for your health, it’s also good for your business.

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