Cindy Novotny

My Best ‘Aha’ Moments Come When I am Calm!

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Definition of aha moment: a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension.

I know I am viewed as an ‘over the top’, energizer bunny, crazy traveling road warrior that goes 100 miles an hour.  But what you don’t know about me is that all my best ideas come when I am sleeping, dreaming and relaxing.  I keep a pad and pen on my nightstand and when I come up with an idea, I actually wake up and jot it down.  You may think this disrupts my sleep pattern and is not a good habit...(and you may be right). 

My research shows that a wonderful way to wake up refreshed despite minimal sleep is to wake up during a period of your lightest sleep.  Being woken up in a light stage of your sleep cycle has proven to make people feel more energetic and alert upon awakening for the day.

We all know that when you fall asleep you experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep throughout the night.  The beginning stages of sleep prepares your body to shut down – this is where you can be easily awakened by noise or thoughts.  Then, the middle stage (lasting about 25 minutes) also involves light sleep.  This is where most of my ideas come up and then I write them down. 

This is NOT affecting my deep sleep (REM) as it is the last stage of the sleep cycle – also where you have the most dreams. 

My point to this message is to relax, rest, think, find solitude and create the next brilliant idea.  It may even happen in the shower in which case, you can call out to Alexa or Siri and tell her to record your thoughts!  I always believed in this philosophy; the best ideas and solutions to our problems come to mind when we are quiet and our consciousness is relaxed.  As busy as I am, I find that the best ideas come when I am in a quiet place or with my headphones on, outside just relaxing or simply focusing on my thoughts.

I wish I was the type of organized person who could block out 20 minutes each day to mediate but I can’t seem to do it.  So instead, I find greatness at the wildest times when I least think I have the time to solve a problem.