When October turned into November, the weather here turned from blue skies and flaming trees to drab, dark, wet, and cold.
I know I’m not alone in feeling like wanting to just stay curled up in bed with a hot beverage and a book – or a video game. My to do list is definitely not getting done. The thing is the longer this goes on, the harder it is to back on track. What to do?
Common advice is to shake things up by going for a walk, taking a different route in your daily routine, watching something funny or uplifting. These activities can work for a temporary stall and are worth trying if you haven’t already.
But I’m going to suggest something more subtle and more powerful.
The basis for it is the concept of the pattern interrupt.
Pattern interrupt is a practice used in neuro linguistic programming to jar our thinking out of a dysfunctional or non-productive train of thought. If you watch Tony Robbins during his live events working with people, you will...
Remember the hilarious spoof video "The Crazy Nastya_s Honeybadger"? It came out in 2011, and has (as of this writing) over 88 million views. If you have never watched it, you have to in order to understand the rest of this post. Warning: lots of foul language, but it's funny!
Now, here's the rest of the story. Randall (C. Gordon), who narrated the video, trademarked the meme, "Honey Badger Don't Care". The trademark office rejected a trademark for "Honey Badger Don't Give A Shit" as "potentially offensive".
But wait! Two greeting card companies started using "Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit" on cards! So Randall sued the companies for Trademark Appropriation - as being close enough to his trademark to cause confusion over ownership of the meme.
Well, the lowest court threw the case out on free speech grounds. So Randall appealed to the Federal Circuit court. And they found in favor of Randall! Hey greeting card companies, you can't...