Welcome, Ideas.....

During my last coaching session with Sue, somehow we journeyed to the topic of sleep and how my best ideas come to me in the middle of the night.*  

My sleep conversation with Sue went something like this:

Sue:  What do you do when those ideas come to you in your sleep?
Me:  I try to push them out of my mind, so I can go back to sleep. Otherwise, I am tired the next day.
Sue:  Is that working for you?
Me:  No.  I spend hours thinking of those ideas and wishing them away.
Sue (slightly humored): I am imagining you and those ideas - like a giant ball of ideas that you are using all your force to push away.
Me:  Yep, that's me.  I want those ideas to leave. me. alone.
Sue:  What if you did the opposite and welcomed them?
Me:  What? (I wasn't quite sure I heard her correctly)
Sue:  What if you welcomed those ideas instead of pushing them away?
Me: I've never considered welcoming them.  

So, for the past week, I've been doing just that.  When the ideas come to me in the middle of the night instead of wishing them away, I say, "Hello Ideas, thanks for joining me."  Then, I cuddle those ideas like the drawing above.  And back to sleep I go.  The only difference is, my drawing really should have about 2-10 balls as I am often times cuddling more than one set of ideas.

The good news:  I am getting more sleep and my ideas now have a soft, welcoming place to land.

Do your ideas interrupt your sleep?  If yes, how do you handle them?



* After reading Jonah Lehrer's Imagine, I now understand why my best ideas come to me in my sleep.  I will blog on that topic another day.

PS -  Confused about me & life coaching?  If yes, read here.  Or if you missed the passing of perfect, read about its funeral.


  1. I must have been up with you last night! I woke up and realized I answered one of the test questions wrong. I like the idea of welcoming ideas and find it helps tremendously. Buddhists called it "making friends" with your thoughts. It makes letting the thoughts go much easier. Happy thinking!


    1. I love that "making friends" with my thoughts. That is another great way to look at it.

      Nighttime, BFFs.


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  3. Hi Jen,
    I read your blog all the time as I am a subscriber and I enjoy it very much.
    I also have lots of ideas that usually come when I want to sleep. I always welcome my ideas. They are best at night. I usually have 1 or 2 good ideas that I think 'oh, this is so cool! I must remember this tomorrow'. And I always do.
    Good night. Lidia xo

    1. Lidia - What a great attitude about those middle-of-the-night ideas. I am learning to welcome them, too!

      Thanks for subscribing to UE.