You know we all feel stuck once in a while; it’s like catching a cold. When you catch a cold, it’s important to take care of yourself before you get really sick. I think when you feel stuck, it is also important to take care of yourself before your mind is completely taken over by dark or gloomy thoughts.
I found a way to let go, and this might be helpful to you too, so I would like to share it with you. We need to focus on what is going on in our heads. When you find small things that make you happy, focus on that happy feeling. Negative thinking tends to stick in our minds more easily, so to fight back, when something good happens to you, really focus on it instead of pushing it aside as a small thing or just a coincidence. This is nothing special, you might know it, you have probably done it, but it gave me a special wonder recently, so I want to share and celebrate it.
But first, let me start from when I was stuck. Nothing traumatic happened, but I had no motivation. I sat in front of my desk to start working but instead, I looked at my phone. I think I was a bit nervous about getting started on my project so I ran to my phone, my digital addiction. My favorite pastime is to flip through magazines so I have an online magazine subscription that gives me endless access to many different types of magazines. I started to flip through the pages of gossip magazines, cooking magazines, and fashion magazines. I read everything but didn’t start working. Then I got down to the business magazines. I don’t usually read business magazines, but this time, I spent way too much time with my phone so I felt like I had to read something important. I came across an interview with Uniqlo CEO, Mr. Yanai, in Forbes magazine. I can read this article without getting lost in business jargon, and because I love fashion, this is under the fashion category for me.
In the article, Mr.Yanai talked about how he worked with John Jay and Kashiwa Sato, two famous creative directors. You might know them. Mr. Yanai said that these creative directors played a major role in growing Uniqlo. They created a concept with Mr.Yanai’s vision and used that concept like glue to put together products, store designs, and commercials to create the brand, Uniqlo. This set Uniqlo apart from its competitors because, from my experience working for an apparel company as a designer, if products are price savvy or in a commodity range, there won’t be as much attention paid to creating a concept and making an effort to weave the concept throughout all aspects of the business. When I see Uniqlo’s business doing great, it means customers do choose Uniqlo over their competitors, so this strategy, to have a strong brand, is working.
And I would especially like to point out how Mr. Yanai talks about his experience working with creative directors. He said he was inspired by working with them and learned what creativity is. I like a sense of teamwork between the CEO and creative directors but not a vertical relationship with creative directors working for a CEO.
This article made me happy because I want to believe that creative thinking isn’t just to dress something up or make it look cool on the surface, and it’s not merely choosing colors for T-shirts, like “OK, blue or yellow? Which one sells more?” Creative thinking plays a major role with logical thinking. I really appreciate how one of the scariest CEOs, Mr. Yanai, I mean the most influential CEO Mr.Yanai, is showing the importance of teaming up with creative directors, and I hope more companies will get inspired by this article.
Soon after exploring all of this, I finally got off the phone.
So this story is just me finding an article from a digital magazine. I could just take it for what it was worth, but instead, I used this article as the subject of this speech and to support my belief. I pay special attention to ideas that make me happy, like paying attention to small things that make me happy. Now I feel lighter than ever and ready to go on. I unstuck myself.
When I catch a cold, I don’t know exactly how I caught the cold, and, when I’m stuck, I don’t know exactly how I got stuck. I think I pick up dark, gloomy thoughts without thinking. So when I find something I like, I consciously take in a happy feeling. This is maintenance for my mind just like maintenance for my body. For my body, I try to eat healthy so that I don’t get colds easily, and, for my mind, I try to make myself focus on what makes me happy. As I wrote this speech, I found that it is even more powerful if you connect those happy little thoughts with your own beliefs. In that way, you can tune in your antenna to find more little things that make you happy. Now I’m curious about the happy little things your antenna catch. Share them in the comments!
Have a great day!