Getting "Unstuck" | The willPower Method®

Since you are a willpowerlife.com reader (and because you’re reading this article about creativity) I will venture to guess that you have an artists’ soul. You’re intuitive. You think and you really, really feel. You care about your health, you care about the environment, you care about the people around you… In general, you care deeply about life! You also care deeply about your work — you may be a writer, an artist, a student, a doctor, a teacher, or a stay at home parent. Whoever you are and whatever you do, you need to THINK and CREATE in your vocation… But sometimes you feel stuck.

Most of us have struggled with the feeling of being “stuck” at one time or another. It can be frustrating, defeating, and exhausting if you struggle against it. I have a simple solution: The best way to get “unstuck” is to go for a walk.

The simple act of walking grounds you — literally ROOTS you — to the earth. Walking allows you to absorb the earth’s energy, soaking up her sheer power and ancient strength. This is especially true when wearing minimalist footwear. Feeling every pebble beneath your feet gets you out of your head and into your body, allowing you to focus on the present moment.

The rhythmic motion of walking is almost like rocking — it takes you back to your infancy, when life was fresh and new and uncomplicated.  I am convinced that this is the reason ideas spring into my mind whenever I walk.

Do as I do: Let your mind go, and soon you’ll be struck by idea after great idea.

You may be on a deadline, but remember: Walking is not a waste of time. Rather, it can be a sanity saver, a flint that sparks creativity, or a study break that will leave your mind open and ready for more.

When walking, carry a notepad and stop to record your thoughts as needed. You do not want to spend your peaceful walk repeating a thought over and over so it won’t be forgotten! Let the thoughts flow in, write them down, and move on.

Want proof that this works? This blog post (and most of my other articles/posts) are the result of a brisk walk on an early autumn day.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich NietzscheTwilight of the Idols

“Has modern society lost a measure of its spiritual awareness because we take so little time to walk? In not allowing ourselves time to slow down, to be close to the earth around us, have we become impervious to a God who chooses to reveal Himself through His creation?”
― Amy Litzelman

“That kind of walk is nice when it happens, but I’ll take four minutes now and then over being butt-stapled to a chair all day long.”
― Robert Michael Pyle

Note: All quotes are from the following source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/walking

Brianne Grogan

Brianne is a women’s health physical therapist, an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, and the founder of FemFusion Fitness. Originally from Oregon, she currently lives in Germany with her husband and son. Brianne teaches FemFusion group fitness classes in her local community and on U.S. military installations. She recently released her first book, FemFusion Fitness for Intimacy. Visit Brianne at Fem Fusion Fitness or on Facebook.

6 Comments

  1. SLK
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 pm ·

    i love walks – thank you Brianne for reminding me to exhale and capture my imagination in writing :)

  2. Kim Harring
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 7:37 am ·

    Yes!
    When I start a walk I find myself feeling so relaxed, at ease, grounded that I end up doing a fantastic run in my VFF. It becomes this centered time with ME! In the end I’m refreshed, clean of “garbage and noise”, and full of breathe.
    Walk, walk, run, just move!

  3. Brianne
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 8:54 am ·

    Thanks for your comments, ladies! Walking (or just plain MOVING) is such a sanity-saver for me, especially as I find myself spending more and more time in front of the computer. Praise MOVEMENT for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health!.

  4. Tracy Vicente
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 pm ·

    Thank you for writing this Brianne! I love to start my day with a walk (which admittedly often turns into a jog or run) and I find that I enter my work day with clarity along with energy from the rhythmic movement. Many lessons, revelations and a-ha moments in my career as well as life in general have happened, which is just as precious to me as the physical aspects.