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Jun 24, 201309:24 AMMind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

The knee bone’s connected to the … creativity bone?

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Lately I’ve been struggling. Struggling with minor back problems and a knee injury that led to recent meniscus surgery. I’ve also been struggling with an idea for my next blog. I think these two struggles are related and that my knee injury is somehow linked to my creativity.

If you’ve read my blog in the past, you have probably noticed that I formulate and work through a lot of my blog ideas while riding my bike through the Madison countryside. With my recent knee injury, I’ve been missing that opportunity to contemplate and crystalize my thoughts. As I’ve muddled through these injuries, I’ve also been unable to practice yoga. Not only am I losing my flexibility, I’m also losing the opportunity to slow down and calm my mind. Consequently, when it came to my blog, I’ve had a couple of ideas, but they seem to stay jumbled in my head. I can’t quite link where the idea came from, how it applies in the business world, and how I can share its applicability to readers in their daily lives.

Ironically, I originally started biking and practicing yoga purely for physical benefits. Biking is obviously a great cardio workout and I tried yoga as way to resolve long-term back problems. Over time, I realized that yoga helped me focus and calm my mind, while biking helped stimulate the development of ideas I wanted to focus on and also helped me organize my thoughts. Now I’m missing biking and yoga for both the physical and the mental benefits.


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Jun 28, 2013 06:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Monday-Friday I get up at 6am and get outside for 20-25 minutes, walking twice a week, running twice a week, using the elliptical generally once a week (when it rains or it's one of those truly bitter cold winter days). Love early spring and late fall when I can watch the sun rise and I can let my mind wander. I solve all kinds of problems this way, figure out what I'm going to do with the day, and plan activities/adventures for my family. I can easily see how not doing this would leave me very unsettled. Hope you are on your feet again soon!

Jun 29, 2013 08:01 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

You can meditate sitting in a chair, so that would spare your knees. You might want to try that. There's a lot of information online.

Jul 8, 2013 03:10 pm
 Posted by  kmchugh

Loss of that time indeed is a challenge. While I've not quite found a perfect replacement I have found a tool that helps with cataloging thoughts.

Take a look at I've been using it with jotting thoughts down for everything from how to be a better coach to remembering resources to building marketing plans.

It may not be that 50 mile bike ride, but it has certainly helped me stay a little more organized while sitting at a desk.

Hope you're feeling better.

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Corey Chambas has over 30 years of business experience. He is the President and CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc., is chairman of the board of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the board of the United Way of Dane County and the 2018 Campaign Chair.

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