In today’s post in the IdeaFlow Weblog, Renee Hopkins Callahan explores how mental clutter can negatively affect creativity and innovation, and how a week’s vacation can help to clear one’s mental baggage – making room for creative ideas to break through. But she also points out that “letting go” is easier said than done:
Letting go is not often encouraged in our professional lives. We’re rewarded for hanging on, staying with something, seeing it through. If we make a mistake and we are not suitably and demonstrably upset over it, we run the risk of being seen as not taking things seriously enough.
Perhaps, in order to be truly open to innovation (“apprentice mind” again?!), we have to be willing to let go of a lot of things. We have to be willing to clear enough of what’s on our minds to create an open space for new ideas, and to recognize them when others bring them to us.”
Having just come back from a week’s vacation myself, I can tell you that I am more energized this week than I have been in many months. Just being able to put everything behind me for a while did wonders for me!