“It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.” – Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
As children our main job is to play. But once we start school we learn there is a ‘right’ answer and a ‘wrong’ answer. If you don’t have the ‘right’ answer, then guess what? You are WRONG!
Many of us as children turned “I gave the wrong answer” into “There’s something wrong with ME”. We then spend the rest of our lives trying to clean up, figure out and fix what’s wrong with us.
Well excuse me for saying it like this, but that is just WRONG!
When we try to hide the part we think is wrong with us, we actually disguise our own genius from ourselves. We are so tricky like that!! My mentor Martin Sage came up with over 100 very precise communication and perception tools (coaching tools) to help you uncover your genius. Why do we need 100 coaching tools just to uncover our genius? Because we are so good at hiding it from others and especially from ourselves!
“How do I find what I’m a genius at?” you might ask. It’s very simple! (but not easy). Play is the answer. By the time we get to middle school, many children have been programmed to be ‘right’ and have completely forgotten how to play. How boring! No wonder teenagers are always bored!
When I coach people, we create at least two projects, one for business and one for play. What I don’t say in the beginning is that the non-business (or non-linear to use a technical term) project is actually going to be integrated into the business in some way, form or function…because it translates into power. Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
When the playful side of your nature emerges through play, your spirit expands. You begin to connect with your power. Your genius is invited to surface when you are in play. It works the same with teams in companies.
Teams need play projects that can bring out the ‘player’ or the great performance in each person…with no pressure, no agenda. Once that great performer is activated, it will not go away! Then instead of an employee giving 30 or 40% of their capacity, now they are giving 100% capacity! Through the play, the player is now suited up, warmed up and ready to perform!
You might know about the ‘play’ project I started last fall with the PTA at my kids’ school. It started out as something to do for fun on the side. My kids urged me to join because they thought it would be fun and a good way to make new friends who have similar interests.
Well now that we are about seven months into the school year I can pretty much say that this project turned out to be more than that. A whole LOT more than that!
I went from being just a ‘member’ of the PTA to being the Healthy Lifestyles Chair for the Austin Council of PTA’s and for Casey Elementary. I also created a Healthy Lifestyles Initiative that is being looked at as a test pilot for TX PTA. It is the called the Casey Elementary Fittest Family Contest.
It started with a very simple concept, get families to play together and then reward them. In our country we do so many things well…but one thing we don’t seem to be very good at is having frivolous, harmless fun…and our children suffer.
What we’ve forgotten as a culture, we can easily bring back into our home lives. It doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to just play. All you need is a whiffle ball, a frisbee, or even a cardboard box!
You can see more about the contest and how it has brought out the player not just in me but in many of the students and parents and staff at Casey Elementary in this home-made video. Maybe you’ll get some ideas how you want to play, too!
On a sidenote, in Dec. my business doubled and has continued on an upward trend since then. Just sayin’…when you play it pays!