My favorite Seinfeld episode is the one where George decides to fix his miserable life by doing everything the opposite. If all his choices had been wrong, then, as Jerry tells him, “…the opposite would have to be true.” I like it because its radical, and there’s something to it.
Have you ever considered doing the exact opposite of what you’re doing right now in some area of your life? Brainstorm what it would look like if you completely flipped it! This is an exercise that will inspire new ideas.
About ten years ago I made an “unhappiness” list of all the things in my business/personal life that I really wanted to escape. The irony was I’d worked hard to get where I was. It was all about more, bigger, busier…the stuff you’re supposed to strive for. But life was a “groundhog day” routine with no time for girlfriends, and no girlfriends.
So what was the opposite of all this?–my “George” moment. My new manifesto included flipping everything upside-down, inside out, or sideways, so I could see and think about doing the opposite of what I’d been doing. When there’s an agitation that something’s missing in part of your life, that’s your cue to flip that agitation into opportunity.
A woman writer friend in Seattle said NO to (almost) every man who asked her out. Then she started saying YES to everyone who asked. Out of this “flip” she got a best selling book and a great husband.
You know that song “Whip it” by Devo? We changed up some words on the verse to hum along to:
now FLIP IT…
shape it up
try to detect it
it’s not too late
to FLIP IT
FLIP IT good
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