A change of perspective is a powerful problem solving strategy.
Sleep on it and it will look different in the morning.
Ask someone for their opinion and get a different view.
Walk away and approach the problem from another angle.
Two weeks ago, I was done blogging. I almost pulled every last post (over 600 of them) and posted a closed sign on my header.
Then I slept on it. I asked a few friends and family members what they thought. I walked away for a while.
And now I'm back with a different perspective. I thought I had lost my voice, but really, I think I just got sick and tired of my voice. My friend laughed the other day when I told her, "I exhaust myself", but it's true.
Every time I sat down to write a post, or tried to draft a post in my head, my voice sounded too authoritative and superior. Sure, I can be a bossypants sometimes, just ask my little brother, but that's not my preferred role. (BTW, I'm reading Bossypants by Tina Fey and OMG, LOL.)
I was recently telling my kids about Mrs. Huxtable from "The Cosby Show", and how she used to scare me when I was a kid. She was an intimidating, no-nonsense mom. Avery said, "I love no-nonsense moms!"
"Am I a no-nonsense mom?", I asked.
"No, but I love you anyways."
Ok, maybe she didn't say "I love you anyways", but I heard it.
So back to my blogging voice, which had become like fingernails scratching a chalkboard in my head. I think my voice changed when I started sharing my experience with the Paleo diet. With the diet, I found a solution to a problem that had literally been weighing me down for years. I was excited to share it with everyone I knew! But I'm no authority on the Paleo diet, nor do I want to be. I'd like to share recipes and workouts that I enjoy, but I don't want to tell you what to eat or how to exercise. The message might be the same, but it's all about delivery. I'd rather deliver like Bill Cosby than Phylicia Rashad. Who would you rather listen to? I always go for funny.
Do you know the best problem solving strategy of all? Stop calling it a problem.
If I need a blogging break, no problem.
If I eat something non-Paleo, no problem.
If I go for a few days without working out, no problem.
If my picture doesn't match my post, no problem.
If I can't figure out a good title or catchy ending, no problem.
If I overshare, no problem.
If my new perspective doesn't work out, no problem. I'll get a new one.