I am sure that at some time in your life, you have been looking forward to a trip or a vacation. You had it all planned in your mind and maybe even on paper. You made all the necessary preparations; the date was set, and with every passing day, there was more and more anticipation of the upcoming event! All of us have had that experience, and it is exciting, fun, and sometimes exhausting.
I remember growing up and how important it was to tell the mailman and the newspaper delivery boy when we were going on a vacation. We did not want mail or packages to sit on our front porch or for newspapers to pile up in the yard. That would signal to everyone, “No one is home here. They are out of town, and the house is empty!” No one wants to communicate that message to strangers or to their neighbors.
Have you ever noticed, though, what transpires in your brain a few days before you leave on vacation? Your mind goes into a whole different mode. You begin to double-check things to make sure that all your responsibilities will be taken care of while you are gone. You mentally anticipate everything that might happen in your absence. Then you spring into action. You start taking care of things and getting more done than you thought possible. Instead of the one or two items that typically get checked off of your daily list, you begin to see that you are getting nine or ten things checked off. Why is this? It is because you have something that inspires you. When we feel inspired, things begin to click in our minds. The routine and mundane tasks that we all experience on a day-to-day basis suddenly become important to us. We become more efficient, effective, and productive.
The truth is, we can experience an “I’m going on vacation” mentality without ever leaving for vacation. I have discovered that if I find something that really inspires me and that I am looking forward to, then things begin to click in my mind concerning a number of other issues. I find that when I think about upcoming events with anticipation, I become much more productive when it comes to preparation or planning.
When I know that I will be speaking to an audience, my mind begins to look for stories and illustrations that I can use long before the actual speaking engagement occurs. When I think about a friend or an acquaintance, I will often jot down a story that comes to my mind so that the next time I see them, I will remember to tell them. In other words, when something is in my future that gives me the slightest bit of inspiration, I find that other issues suddenly fall into place and come to my mind more readily.
I do not completely understand how the human mind works, but I do believe that there is a direct correlation between being inspired and something “clicking” that causes a person to become more efficient in all that they do. Everyone I have ever talked to about this phenomenon tells me they understand this principle because they have personally experienced it.
Why not take it one step further, and instead of waiting for something exciting like a vacation to come along, just ask yourself, “What is the next thing I can look forward to?” Maybe it is just something simple like going out to eat with friends on Friday night. But, between now and then, you can get things done that will make the experience much more enjoyable because you made that time special by being more productive.
Psychiatrists teach that there is a direct correlation between being responsible and good mental health. I know of no principle that works better in experiencing that reality than practicing this Tip. I think this may be the real secret to personal success!
Tip: Find something that inspires you, then everything will “click.”
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm