Energy Spike! Take advantage of random powerful feelings!

October 3, 2011

Go ahead. Yell. You'll feel better.

It doesn’t matter how passive, mellow or diffident you are. Inside you still beats a furious, if quiet, heart, that once in a while…

Maybe someone important to you has asked you to rise to the challenge. Maybe you’re tired of going out with a whimper. Maybe you’re just wired on caffeine. Maybe it comes from nowhere explicable at all.

But once in a while, you are amped. Your blood vessels are adrenaline cataracts and you are overcome with the delirious joy of productive aggression!

This wonderful state can be a springboard to wonder, even if you don’t have it often, as long as you push it when it comes. If you cause enough destruction creation when you’re an energized Hulk, you will see the results when you’ve calmed down into your usual meek Bruce Banner self, and you will be stunned. And if you can do it once, you can do it again. And learn to do it at will.

Here’s a little trick. If all of a sudden you feel hyper-productive at night, don’t sleep on it. Don’t let yourself get away with not acting if you really want to. Reach out, do something, make proof. Write something down, prepare an email, make the purchase. Ride the wave as long as possible and draw in as many people as you can to surf with you. You might lose sleep, but you’ll feel more rested.

This is, I feel, what we are supposed to do with inexplicable, sudden blessings. Take them and run very far, very fast. It’s easy enough to feel ineffective for no reason. If anything at all brings you to the opposite state, you owe it to yourself to demonstrate your potential and leave a profound, positive mark behind.

We focus so much on how to be productive when the Muse isn’t smiling upon us that sometimes we forget what to do when she finally does.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ideas at the Bottom November 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Superb post!

I remember, when I wake up at night and start doing something; whether its blogging, reading or other project work! It was this same spurt of energy that made me feel that what am I doing, I have something in my mind, and I don’t want to wait till morning, because I new every time, I am going forget that if I don’t act now!

It’s true not only to nights, even In daylight, when we work, we sometimes feel that urge that this post is talking about, then its our conscious mind that give us myriad reasons on why we should not do it right now! But overcoming that challenge posed by no other but our own mind is the key to doing a remarkable thing.

-Anshul Gupta

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Cameron Gallagher October 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Absolutely BRILLIANT!

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Sarah Allen October 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Absolutely agree – I love the energy spike you talk of and get it often – while driving, drifting off to sleep, having a glass of wine, drawing, playing the piano, or cuddling my son. The idea seems so bright and full of promise at the time that it takes me everything to jot it down and keep doing what I’m doing, rather than run off and start something new. The balance is, I guess, knowing when to jolt into action (ie. I can’t NOT flesh this idea out now) vs when to enjoy the moment (ie. these cuddles with my energetic son ain’t going to last forever). Thanks for the pithy post – like the new format – would love to contribute sometime in the future, perhaps when one such red-hot idea next arrives!

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Matt October 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

haha absolutely! it’s kind of hilarious and awesome when it strikes during something you technically can’t just stop doing, like driving or taking care of a baby, because you just have to try and mentally maintain it while not hitting a guardrail or letting the kid starve. we would love for you to contribute.

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