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Apr 17, 2019 05:15:47


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Brian Ball

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The trick to being excited in the morning is waiting in bed until one of your ideas excites you. Then, jump on it.

I like to start the morning with a 'listening'. That is, I just spectate as the voices in my head pitch ideas -- as if they were looking for investment from me. In fact they are. They're looking for me to invest my time, energy and life.

So, I listen and they pitch.

They reason and explain and cajole. Some are better than others. I find the pitch that often wins is the easiest to understand -- the one that makes the most sense and seems doable.

Other times, I'll invest in the challenger. The one who pushes me to my limits of understanding and asks that I go on an adventure. "You've already done the easy stuff, let's try something hard"- as they hit the idea-ball into my court for consideration. Do I hit it back? Am I able to volley and handle the high-speed serve coming at me?

Handling thoughts is not a passive game. At least it doesn't have to be.

Sure, you can sit and watch the thoughts go buy as if they were clouds and you were finding the animals forming with the shift of the winds. Or, you could hook that fish of an idea and hang on for the ride. 

I don't get out of bed until I have an idea for the day. How abou

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    @brianball > I don't get out of bed until I have an idea for the day
    Oh man, what you said is exactly what I do every morning since March! My roommates can't understand that I wake up at 7 am but get out of bed one and a half hour later. The reason is I need to do something, usually listening 20-minute book, reading some posts on 200 wad until I get ideas to be excited and write an outline. The last thing is stretching my legs with a blank mind.
    So it usually costs me 90 minutes to have an idea for the day, how long time do you need?

    5plus6 avatar 5plus6 | Apr 17, 2019 20:37:27
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      @brianball @5plus6 This is an interesting technique but one that is foreign to me. I leap out of bed in the morning without the need for an alarm or deliberating ideas. As part of improving my sleep habits, I learned of the rule that says that you should only be in bed for 2 things: sleep and sex. I do meditate in the morning, so that is probably my version of wrestling with ideas.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 17, 2019 06:38:26
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      @5plus6 @brianball
      yea... when I do the "thinking", its hard for me to do the "getting up" at all... so for me @brandonwilson 's method!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 17, 2019 22:28:39
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      @5plus6 @brandonwilson @lucjah -- well, I'm more like a hybrid -- I make a decision quickly and am usually flying out of bed in less than 5 minutes. Sometimes I get up so fast I get dizzy and have to lay back down and try again more slowly.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 17, 2019 21:00:29
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      @brianball @5plus6 <<Sometimes I get up so fast I get dizzy and have to lay back down>> hihi... good idea for actually not getting up.. or... looking for another great idea :-)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 18, 2019 13:17:48
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