Last month I encouraged you to use the power of imagination and really explore an idea. I encouraged you to take an idea and play with it. When you came to a boundary let the spirit of play release the fear and logic and bring a bit of curiosity to new possibilities. I asked you to come to the edge of what is possible and imagine venturing out into the impossible.
How did you do?
Did you have some fun playing with the possibilities?
Where you able to jump into your thinking? Or did you find yourself hesitating?
I am usually really good at this exercise and yet this year was different. Honestly, I found myself wondering why fear replaced my curiosity. And more importantly how was I going to get my curiosity and imagination back.
As you know I teach skiing as one of my passion activities. I had a client over MLK weekend come to the slopes and say in so many words “I have never skied, I am not an athlete, I am afraid and I want to ski so I can be with my family having fun.” I love an opportunity. We took our time and she met her goal. As we wrapped up our day on the slopes she shared how her sense of accomplish will give her joy on and off the slopes. And, when she remembers that feeling she will be able to spark many more accomplishments in her future.
There it was a possible solution to my dilemma.
What would happen if I challenged myself to take on a something completely new? What would happen if I gave myself the opportunity to learn something new, try something a bit scary? If I am able to find and reconnect to the joy of concurring a fear how would that impact my ability to work through my current impasse to really imagining all that was possible?
I have said “As a Coach I know the power of a life full of passionate playful engagement.”
It is time to engage. This February I have challenged myself to try something that is outside my comfort zone. I’ll keep you posted. If you want to join in with your own challenge or just follow along I welcome your comments and your encouragement.