- “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” -Leo F. Buscaglia
- “Play is the exultation of the possible.” -Martin Buber
The important idea is to play consciously in life, applying your strengths to any and all situations by giving 110% effort…gifts or serving others without expectations for payback. You want to do little things that make you feel better and on purpose. We often put a lot of energy into doing the big things, but in this game you want to feel like you are playing to win “all” the moments of life. There are WOW moments” everywhere, every day. These moments could energize us and make us feel better about ourselves. There are no real rules, no costs to playing and no special equipment needed. When you are ready to start playing just make a deliberate choice to do a fun activity and make your choice to begin. The possibilities are endless all it takes is some imagination, commitment to start and then action.
Self-Coaching Challenge: Make a list of “win from within” moments you could do tomorrow that would be unexpected and make you feel good. Remember to be more aware of what is going on by just STOPPING, OBSERVING, REFLECTING before responding and taking action. Remember you seldom make improvements or reach your potential when you keep doing the same old stuff expecting different responses.
Another exercise to try:
Visualization can be a very powerful tool to increase your feelings of efficacy. To really be effective, choose something that you would like to spend 15 minutes a day sitting with your eyes closed visualizing yourself being successful, able, and effective.
See yourself in an ideal way, with as much detail and focus as you can bring. Repeated visualization exercises will help you adjust your perceptions of yourself and your abilities, resulting in greater feelings of effectiveness and motivation.
Good Luck and keep us posted on your Self-Coaching progress.