Monthly Archives: July 2013
Are You A Pink Elephant?
Once upon a time a pink elephant was born. He was so clearly different from the rest that soon the grey elephants started to distance themselves and ignore him. The little pink elephant felt very sad and rejected. He realized that in order to fit in with the rest of the herd he had to be just like them. So, he covered himself with mud and dirt until he became a dirty grey. Throughout the years he kept covering himself and hiding behind the dirt.
Then one day, rain began pouring down and washed away all the mud and dirt from his body. He was pink again! The grey elephants turned and started laughing at the sight of his obvious pinkness. As the laughter grew louder he realized that he was trying to fit into a group that would never understand him. He knew that he was different and that he needed to find a group of pink elephants just like him, where he would be accepted and learn to love himself as he was.
Imagine yourself as an “Elephant”, the largest land animal on earth. An elephant is too massive to miss. It has an enormous amount of power. If you were a “Pink Elephant” when you were born, then you are different from most of the people around you. People will think that you are a bit strange when they meet you and because of this you may try to hide your true self. You try as hard as possible to fit in, but people always notice you. Sometimes you will be admired for being different, but often you will be ridiculed. Then, you have one of two choices to make. Either you gather your strength and are proud that you are Pink or you try to convince everyone that you are exactly like them. Most choose the second option. It seems easier to just fit in.
The truth is that it doesn’t matter that people will laugh at you, think that you are weird, or feel your dreams seem totally unattainable – You must not listen to them. They are too entrenched in the limited herd mentality to see the greater possibilities that are available.
I travel around the world and teach (hidden) Pink Elephants to become themselves. I bring them together and show them that they are not alone. They come alive in the presence of others just like them. Keep in mind that all the great inventors and innovators were Pink Elephants. It takes a unique person to get to the moon, be a music icon or create personal computers. The herd is always afraid of new ideas, but unabashed “Pink Elephants” are never stopped. Pink Elephants live in a world of possibilities, not fear.
So start a Pink Elephant group in your community today and see your world change!
“What is different about you is what makes you special.”
Couldn’t have said it better – thanks Melanie for this
Six Ways to Become Re-Inspired
Have you ever found yourself in a rut? Nothing seems to really inspire you and you just feel kind of “blah” about everything?
If you answered “YES!” You are not alone. Many of us suffer from burn-out. Because of the incessant stream of stimulation and information it is easy to find yourself exhausted and zapped. But have no fear, I’ve put together a list of simple things that you can do right away that will have you back in action in no time.
Here are 6 Ways to Become Re-inspired:
Trust me, as someone who owns multiple online businesses and teaches social media I have more than my fair share of an online addiction. Getting myself to detach for just a few hours, let alone days, is no small feat. But the rewards are incredible. Every time that I have forced myself to unplug for a few days I have noticed a drastic difference in the quality and enjoyment of my work when I return. It’s a necessary and oh-so-enjoyable way to reset your focus.
2. Educate & Evolve.
As much as I enjoy watching Hart of Dixie (and believe me I do), it doesn’t exactly refuel my mind. When I’m in a funk I pick up a new book (you can see my favorite business books HERE), take a class or even go to a museum. I’m sometimes hesitant, but it’s amazing how much it refreshes and reinvigorates me. Isn’t it strange how little intentional learning many of us do after we have completed school? Now’s your chance to change that and become the multi-talented person you’ve always dreamed of becoming!
It can be inconvenient and it’s usually expensive but traveling will add breadth to your perspective and dimensions to your life like nothing else can. There is nothing like new places and new faces to advance yourself both personally and professionally. I can’t tell you how many creative breakthroughs I’ve had while strolling through Central Park, or sitting on a bench in a park in Paris. There is something about immersing yourself in a new culture that challenges you to look your life and your dreams in an entirely new way.
4. Get Fancy.
More and more people are working from home now, and the result? Sweatpant Syndrome. I know that your jammies are cozy, but never underestimate how much the way you look affects the way that you feel. I’m not saying that you have to wear your Loubutouins around the house, but just showering and doing your hair and makeup can give you more confidence and swagger that will increase the quality of your work throughout the day.
5. Play With People.
Sometimes we just need a reminder to reengage with the people in our life, or a push to reach out to someone new. Many of us feel that we have to find ways to inspire ourselves, when really just being exposed to other people’s perspectives and thoughts is incredibly inspiring. I suggest a mix of both old a new. Make sure to spend quality time (i.e. detach yourself from your cell phone) with those you love. And set a goal to go out to lunch or coffee with 1 new person each month. Even when work is fierce, force yourself to schedule time with people both inside and out of your industry to keep yourself connected and engaged.
6. Mix It Up.
A lot of times, feeling uninspired is due to getting stuck in too much of a routine. Try eatting something different for breakfast or work from a new place. If you don’t want to change what you do, just move around the order that you do it in. Normally make your phone calls in the morning? Try making them in the afternoon instead. Want to try a real game changer? Don’t check your email until 2pm each day. Sound impossible? I tried it and it was a serious game changer for my productivity.
So there you have it – 6 ways to become re-inspired.
Pretty painless right? I didn’t even tell you that you had to stop eating those macarons or hit the gym!
Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment below and share what you do to get out of a funk.
I look forward to reading all of your fabulous suggestions.