For more fun seek out adventures

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Years ago I came upon Michael Bungay Stanier who put together The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun. As I was clearing out clutter that mysteriously seems to build up, I again came across my notes on these irresistible principles of fun.

Between you and me it was the promise of more fun that really drew me in. If it’s not fun then what’s the point.

You can check the 9 minute video on YouTube but here is a rundown on the 8 principles.

Get focused

  1. Stop hiding who you are. Find out who you are, then turn up the volume and be yourself.
  2. Start being intensely selfish – What impact or legacy do you want to have? Don’t waste your time on anything else.

Be creative

3.  Stop following the rules. Pretty much all rules are negotiable. It’s about what can you do.

4. Start scaring yourself – explore, be bold, outrageous. Seek out adventure.

Use your wisdom

5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously. It’s not life or death. Lighten up.

6. Start getting rid of the crap, the things, habits, memories, attitudes, people who weigh you down.

Take Action

7. Stop being busy. It doesn’t mean you are on the right track. If your digging in the wrong hole, stop digging.

8. Start something. Don’t wait for permission. There are always reasons to procrastinate. Just start.

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So many of us get so wrapped up in our work or the dramas that encircle our lives that we forget why we are here on this planet. I’d like to think we are here to experience everything life has to offer and a good part of that should be fun. I hope these 8 simple steps inspire you to just start something and have a helluva good time doing it.

Share your scary parts and your crap-giving-up parts. Tweet to #morefun

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How I can help you:

Whether you are looking for a new perspective or tackling a challenge, as a Certified Coach Practitioner coming from decades of consulting as a CPA, I combine my knowledge of business processes, leadership and creativity with my unique creative problem solving framework to help you be creative, grow, transform and succeed. I’d love to chat with you today.

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Are you ready for Superhero change?

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Fast forward to a scenario like this; our superhero is captured by the evil villain bent on world domination who inevitably declares, prepare to be diced, spliced, destroyed or otherwise DIE. Ah, the life of a superhero, rife with conflict both against the villain and within themselves. This conflict fuels a desire for change.

As we contemplate our next step either for ourselves or for others, we often ask if we are ready for change. What does this mean? Any changes that we want to see happen or that we may feel is happening to us are all part of the process in becoming a better person or a stronger superhero. We each have a unique superpower, a unique trait that can be used for good.

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Part of the internal conflict that may be raging is that nagging feeling that you are more than what you are doing right now. Even if you are a cubicle dweller for the moment you can still hone and develop that superpower. Find every opportunity to use your powers. Are you the go to person for specific information, do you rally others in a cause, can you diffuse tense situations, do you come up with awesome ideas? There may be others around you that can spot your talents in action but you can’t be sure. You’ll have to don your cape and tights, figuratively of course, and show the world what you can do. A superhero has to be seen.

A desire to change may have stemmed from some form of conflict but it’s really your decision on how to approach it that matters. Embracing your unique strengths, working on using them, always getting better and learning are ways for you to get ready for change when it comes up. Change is another word for opportunity. When opportunity shows up you’ll be ready.

Stress

We think we want a peaceful and happy life without conflict, however we actually need some level of conflict and stress in our lives. It’s a good stress that stretches us to reach for bigger goals and dreams, to self-actualize and make the world a better place.

Embrace your inner superhero, go out and change the world, and believe in yourself to meet head on any challenges or challengers because, as we all know, the superhero always prevails.

What superpower do you have? Tweet to #Superhero Change

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How an adventurer starts a new venture

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A Blue-footed Booby on Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, I am preparing for my eco-tourism trip to the Galapagos. As I mill around in my mind what I need to bring along to ensure my comfort and what activities I will be doing, I come to realize that I am using the very same process that goes into reaching a goal for any new endeavor. Travel is a great educator. Travel allows us to push our comfort zone, learn something new and experience how other people live. Travel has a destination, decided upon activities and goals, and when you look over your photos you are reliving the experience and putting it into context of your life.

Anything you do in life can be viewed as a voyage. Aside from the researching, booking and itinerary setting which is akin to the beginning stages of a venture such as the business plan and launching, here I’d like to focus on our frame of mind.

Goal Setting

Step 1: Envision what I will be doing  –  I imagine each part of the trip, from the plane ride, to the type of locale, to the activities I will be doing. I consider the climate, the altitude and what and how I will be carrying. Creating a vision or dream of what I want and how I want that experience to be is an important first step. The vision sets up the parameters of what I want. From there I can make adjustments and be flexible. I have no control of how actual events will unfold but I can control my own actions and perceptions.

Step 2: Establish my target or goal  –  While there are so many things to see and do we must choose based on constraints such as time, money or distance. By focusing on my goals and selecting what is most important I can then be more targeted and effective in reaching them.

Step 3: Plan my resources  –  Landing in Quito, Ecuador and exploring a few days we will be dealing with altitude just shy of 10,000 feet. It may be at the equator but at this elevation it’s much cooler and we may briefly experience headaches, thirst, and fatigue. This affects our choice of what to bring. Planning my resources involves deciding what I need, considering whether I have it, can acquire it, buy it or borrow it.

Step 4: Go through with it  –  As we travel we will undoubtedly be faced with unexpected situations. Knowing my surroundings, what resources I have will help in quickly solving the problem.

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Step 5: Document your experience  –  I hope to take great photos and write a travel journal. I can then take the experience and lessons learned forward to other exciting adventures. Reviewing our experiences allows reflection and provides insights which is where the learning from travel comes from.

Now, if you re-read the steps again and put yourself in the first person, reading from the “I” point of view, you may notice I am not really talking about my trip but just maybe your new venture or project.

Consider your next challenge, your next business venture, your next strategic partnership or alliance as an adventure trip. Adventures are not tackled headstrong without any foresight or planning. Sure there is a process to it but I would argue a good part of a great adventure is one’s attitude.

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How I can help you:

Whether you are looking for a new perspective or tackling a challenge, as a Certified Coach Practitioner coming from decades of consulting as a CPA, I combine my knowledge of business processes, leadership and creativity with my unique creative problem solving framework to help you be creative, grow, transform and succeed. I’d love to chat with you today.

How to make your dreams come true

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Every now and again we may dream of something wonderful, a travel destination, a new fulfilling job, a meaningful relationship. Oh, how we wish it to come true. Then what happens? We may dismiss this as daydreaming never truly believing it could come true. We may unwittingly feel fear of uncertainty or change and unconsciously decide it’s safer to do nothing. Slowly and surely this cycle of self-doubt and fear starts welling up.

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At first glance we see a large insurmountable gap between our current place in the world and the dreamed about state. Certainly there is a gap since there is always a space between being here and getting there. Between fear and doubt we begin to feel discouraged. This type of thinking, if kept unchecked can result in a life unfulfilled. We end up not going for our dreams but accepting what others decide will happen to us. And without fueling the activities that fire us up and create passion, with self-doubt and insecurities getting the better of us we may find ourselves sad, depressed, even bewildered. But of course we don’t admit this because we tend to rationalize our behaviour and thoughts. We become disconnected with ourselves and stop being a creative human being and become more of an existing and doing automaton.

Let’s turn this cycle around. If you are dreaming you are a creative being. Here are some of my antidotes to help cure these ills:

Fear: We experience fear when we don’t know what will happen or feel we have no control. In actual reality we have absolutely no control of our future, of what will actually happen. What we can control is our thinking and reaction to it and its events. We can only feel some control in situations that are familiar to us. Antidote- Take baby steps in what you fear to familiarize yourself how it feels. Remind yourself that you can only control yourself and your mindset, everything else is just someone’s perception of reality.

Doubt: In any new venture you may feel doubtful of your abilities. Perhaps you are a perfectionist or fear embarrassment. One thing is for certain; no-one starts out being an expert. Babies don’t gracefully run, they waddle then try to walk, and try again, and try again, and try again. Antidote: By the very act of just doing it, regardless of how good you feel about it, will quickly make you better than before. So recognize your doubts are just fear whispering to you and just do, and do it again, and do it again, and do it again.

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How I can help you:

Whether you are looking for a new perspective or tackling a challenge, as a Certified Coach Practitioner coming from decades of consulting as a CPA, I combine my knowledge of business processes, leadership and creativity with my unique creative problem solving framework to help you be creative, grow, transform and succeed. I’d love to chat with you today.