You Need Creative Fuel

You Need Clean Creative Fuel
Do you have the right creative fuel to excel?

If you’ve been eating nothing but junk food for days, your body starts to send you signals. Maybe it’s headaches, stomach aches, skin rashes, or mood swings. Then once you go back to eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies and “clean fuel”, your energy levels even out and you become yourself again.

Some people are more sensitive to junk food than others. If they have a bite of gluten, they feel it. Others can happily scarf down a bag of cookies without feeling it.

And depending on how sensitive your body and business are, the same reactions can happen when your business is running on the wrong kind of fuel.

That’s why we’re talking about how to give yourself clean creative fuel, to get to the next level.

How To Get Clean Creative Fuel

Since your mood impacts your ability to get stuff done and hold the vision for your business, the first thing I recommend to ensure you’re running on clean creative fuel is to look at what negative stuff you can eliminate.

Your environment matters a great deal. If you’re working in a cluttered space, or you have mementos that remind you of bad business deals or fights with people from the past, it’s likely impacting your ability to do great work.

The same is true if you have too much stuff, like overdue paperwork or even unread books that are piling up and clamoring for your attention. Each time you step over this stuff, you’re using a little bit of energy to ignore it and this depletes you.

You might also be absorbing other people’s negativity. If you watch a lot of news stories, these tend to be very depressing and they can sap you of your motivation. When we feel like our efforts are futile because “the world just isn’t headed in the right direction” then we lose our power.

I often feel this way when I consume too much news media, and I start to doubt that I have the ability to make a difference in the world.

But as soon as I’m off mainstream media for awhile, I start to notice all the good that is coming out of my work, the work of my clients and colleagues, and the subtle shifts that are taking place to make it a better place to live.

When you notice that you feel off, sad, or scared, take a look at what caused this feeling. If it was something you watched or read, you can acknowledge it and usually it dissipates quickly.

Similarly, if you have a lot of friends or people in your life that seem to pull you down or aren’t very supportive, it’s time to re-assess how much time you spend with them.

It doesn’t mean that you need to cut people out of your life, but you can reframe how you spend time with them if you feel down every time you see them.

One great way to do that is to do activities with your friends, instead of sitting around and chatting – this works especially well with friends who might not understand your dreams but who you still love dearly. It also works if you have friends with different political or religious views!

Consider going to see a movie, visiting an amusement park, or taking an art class together.

No Need to Be Mary Poppins

All this advice is to ensure that you’re feeding your mind, body, and spirit all the positive good stuff you can. But that doesn’t mean that you need to be Mary Poppins with sunshine and rainbows coming out of your ears.

You’ll still feel a range of human emotions, especially as you continue to grow your business and face new challenges.

The trick is to allow yourself to feel these emotions fully, and know that they are yours and not coming from some outside source.

Embrace your own inner darkness, feel it fully, then you can move onto the rest of your life with much more ease and flow.

Today’s episode explored some touchy topics, like reducing your exposure to the news and hanging out with people who make you feel good instead of bad.

I’d love to hear your personal experience with any of these ways to run on clean creative fuel.

What are you best tips, leave a comment and let me know!

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27 Responses to You Need Creative Fuel

  1. I have a habit of listening to NPR in the morning while I am getting ready for the day but I definitely agree that sometimes it can absorb some of my focus and energy in the morning. It’s a tough habit to break since I love knowing what’s going on in the world but I have been spending mornings without technology until I finish meditation and it feels very different. Great topic Nathalie!

  2. I listen to various authors on Hay House Radio to lift me up. In fact, I completed an extensive creative project while listening to Dr. Michael Beckwith. His shows really fueled my creativity and gave me a positive outlook.

    I don’t indulge in the “news” anymore. In the morning I check the headlines to get an idea of what’s going on and after that I shut it down. It’s too much of an energy drain and it’s depressing.

    As you said, there are so many wonderful things happening in our world, and I think the best way to change the negative is to focus on the positive things you can do to make a difference.

    By the way, Nathalie, you have such a positive energy. I enjoy your feedback and comments in our B-School Facebook group. You’re always so helpful to all the members!

    Cheers!

    • Hay House has such great content doesn’t it Deirdre? And I agree 100% about Nathalie’s energy.

      • Indeed! Lynn, which Hay House Radio shows do you listen to? I like Michael Beckwith, Abraham Hicks, Gabrielle Bernstein, Doreen Virtue, and Sonia Choquette.

        • I don’t listen regularly Deirdre but I do like Christiane Northrup and Wayne Dyer. I will check out those you mentioned :)

  3. Thanks for this Nathalie! You just described the EXACT reason why I don’t watch the news anymore… or too much TV for that matter. I have found that it’s just too draining to my energy.

    If my news becomes HayHouse Radio or some other network with more positive information then it’s definitely better for my mind body and spirit — I should probably listen to it more then I do!

    As far as with people in my life that can drain me, I have fortunately managed to create distance from those who are very draining. There are a few in my life now that can be at times, and in those moments I put my focus mostly on my goals. I’ll tell them I need space to work or do whatever instead of being with them if I’m feeling more depleted then I want to be.

    It can be hard to do at times though for sure… and it’s always good for some extra reminders, so thanks for that Nathalie! :-) Great post!

    • Focusing on your goals is fantastic Jennifer. Some of the people in our lives can be the least conducive to creativity so it’s great that you are managing that.

  4. Awesome post Natalie. This is so very important and often overlooked. Here’s what I’ve found works well for me: It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you eat a balanced healthy breakfast, you’ll feel better all day, be more productive, and dramatically reduce your cravings for junk (for the entire day!). Eat doughnuts for breakfast, be hungry the rest of the day and groggy.

    I find the same thing is true with what I feed my mind in the first hour of the day. If I wake up and feed my mind good fuel (quiet time, prayer, reading books and blogs, etc), then the rest of the day goes so much better…more energy, focus, productivity, and resolve. If I wake up and rush into the day without giving my mind good food, the rest of the day suffers: chaos, lack of discipline, and mental grogginess.

    Keep up the great work Natalie!

  5. Oh, Nathalie!

    I absolutely LOVE your advice on how to deal with your more negative friends by changing the activities you do with them!! I am rather drawn to grumpy, funny types (polarity!), and find the blanket advice of “Don’t hang out with negative people” just unworkable. But this solution is just GENIUS, thank you!

    • Grumpy, funny types – love it. I know a few of those too Marsha. Nathalie’s suggestions are so helpful for people you want to keep in your life who may not be so great to have around in many situations.

  6. Thank you for highlighting this topic. So many people kind of gloss over the importance of creativity and just look for success formulas to get things done. I really think if you can bring creativity to what you do it adds such an edge to your work. I talk about this in my blog at times but you reminded me, I need to be talking about this more! As an aside I rarely consume any news media. I’ve been doing this for years and feel so much better for it. No tv in my house :-) well, the kids have a tv but it’s just for DVDs, no actual tv reception. There’s so much more interesting and creative stuff on the Internet these days. Thanks Nathalie!

    • So true Cat – creativity does add an edge to your work. I have a TV as hardware only as well.

  7. Yes! I avoid the news – ever since my daughter was born I’ve found that I can’t face the negativity. Besides removing the negatives, I think it’s also important to find activities that give your creative energy a boost. For me that’s a run or some other form of outdoor exercise.

    • Children do give us so much more perspective Sally. Being outdoors is something I would love to do more for creativity too.

  8. Wow Nathalie. Thanks for the “permission”. This came in such a good timing. I hardly ever watch the news, but I definitely needed to hear today on the necessity to protect my self, and my creative mojo from negative people and toxic situations.
    I was about to send an email response on something that does not make me so happy, so I decided to hit “send” at the end of my working day, to make sure I don’t ruin my working day’s mood! ;-)

  9. I think many of, including me, have the mindset to just think I can’t deal with that (negative thing) right now and just ignore it.

    I love that fact that you mentioned just by acknowledging it can help dissipate the negative thing which is so true. Great episode, Nathalie!

    • Totally agree Catherine. It is so our nature to avoid and really not a helpful approach.

  10. Great tips Nathalie, really interesting to hear this advice in regards to business as opposed to personal life, where I’ve experienced positive shifts… Never thought to apply it biz tho! Thanks for the perspective shift, I’m looking forward to being more aware about how this effects me creatively :)

    • Yay on positive shifts! Hope the tips work wonders on your business life too Fran.

  11. This was great, thank you Nathalie for sharing your wisdom! I needed the reminder that it’s okay to shield yourself to preserve your own positive energy. I love what Kyle had to say and agree wholeheartedly about the importance of feeding your mind. I like to get myself buzzed for the day by thinking about the things and people I’m grateful for, reminding myself of what I value and what’s important to me, and then making some declarations about the day ahead. When I set my mind at the beginning of the day, it’s harder for anyone or anything to mess with it. And Jennifer – you’re an inspiration when it comes to dealing with people who drain you. It can be challenging, but I think we all get to a point where our dreams and goals and desires become more important than pleasing somebody else and having a one-way relationship. You go girl! Again, Nathalie, thanks for tackling this topic with your brilliant insights!

    • This is great Amy! Pleasing others can definitely end up sapping our creative fuel.

  12. Thank you for sharing this Nathalie! Feeling painful emotions to dissolve them is very important – and actually my life’s work to help people do this! Searching for happiness is often futile and only makes us feel bad about ourselves. When we learn to embrace what we’re feeling and learn from it, more joy and peace effortlessly arise! Thank you for bringing attention to this important topic. Sending much love!