Writing-World, one of the very first sites I visited while researching and preparing to publish, has published one of my articles: 6 ways to make your racing thoughts work for you.
Here’s an excerpt; be sure and hop over to take a look, if you haven’t yet read the article:
“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’ 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 … “
(you can also find the article on She Owns It )