In Spring of 2018, I was very restless. I couldn't seem to get anything done. I hated to go into my office and work was getting a little boring. This was so unusual. This feeling had been intensifying for about a year. I was getting stagnant.
Fog: What is my problem? I can't get motivated! I finally get my health in great shape and the rest of everything else goes to pot. Maybe I need some change.
A little spiral up: I rearrange my office. Nope that didn't work.
A little spiral down: I try ignoring it. I start working at the table or in my lounge chair (yes, that will work, not!). I find so many little things to do that I rationalize that I am "swamped". I was looking for excuses not to go into my office. I thought, "my creativity is shot but it will bounce back". Only I wasn't taking any responsibility, I was just waiting and hoping it would magically fix itself.
By late April I was going nuts. Time to Spiral UP! I was at our Rotary Poker fundraiser and over heard my friend Jason James, an awesome realtor, saying that his listings for mid-priced houses was normally at about 30 was at 16 due to the interstate expansion. I don't know what hit me but I barged into the conversation and said, "Would you like to make that 17? I am going to sell my house!" Not only do I need to take responsibility and find a solution to my stagnation problem, I need some help.
Now this might sound crazy but I have only been so sure of a decision one other time in my life, when I left Texas to go home to Iowa and open Synchronicity and that turned out to be a sound decision (and it was made just as quickly).
To make a short story shorter...my house was put on the market and sold in 2 1/2 weeks! I told you Jason was awesome!
I moved into a renovated historical building in downtown Council Bluffs. It is a 2 bedroom "flat". Completely different from my house. My brain was "shook up", this was some serious change in environment. It was exciting and all of a sudden my creativity was back and I was thrilled with my work again. I still have a messy office but I am not adverse to going in there and tackling it!
I honestly don't believe that The Spiral of Accountability would have emerged had I not taken these steps. What's your Spiral Up story?