Have We Lost The Art Of Playing…?

Don’t stay in the old ways of constant motion, constant work and constant ‘get’ mode… It’s not all it’s cracked up to be…

They say if you:

want it, you gotta work 24/7 to get it...

want to achieve it, you gotta constantly activate it...

push and push, you will get what you want...

Tell me something, since when did ‘they‘ become your core driver, your belief system, your motivation…?

Ya gotta switch things up!

Don’t stay in the old ways of constant motion, constant work and constant ‘get’ mode… It’s not all it’s cracked up to be…

If you want to achieve, you are wise to receive

Who came up with that awesome quote you ask…?

Me ?‍

I’ve learned that to let go is the greatest gift, especially when you start playing more and striving less.

Is hard work the answer..?

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in hard work, effort, diligence, skill, education ~ all of it rolled into our passion for the work we do.

I don’t believe in the ways of the past, as they are not sustainable in our present, and especially not in our future ?‍♀️

You’ve heard this one:

Work smarter, not harder

Ok, I have to admit, I didn’t coin this phrase, it’s been around for ages, but I absolutely love and believe in it!

Maria Montessori knows the art of learning through play!

Are you familiar with the Montessori method of teaching developed by Marie Montessori in Rome back in 1907…?

It’s a beautifully complex and yet simple method of allowing children to learn by their own curiosity, ideas, desires and exploration.

It doesn’t conform to rules and regulations, and is primarily focused (in my opinion) on the ability to learn through play.

Children learn best through play, they do it naturally with no effort and learn at their own pace, in their own way.

It’s us adults that muck it up ?‍♀️

Are you joyfully playing with your days..?

When was the last time you ducked out of a workday to meet up with friends for a bike ride, tennis game or hike to watch the sunset…?

When did you ‘break a rule’ and take off for an unexpected fun moment…?

As children we knew playing was a super power, and we dove right in.

As adults we’ve been conditioned that work is the super power, as it brings status, money, sometimes power…

It also brings stress, lack of sleep, anxiety and that old favourite of ours, the imposter syndrome.

How do we learn to retrain our patterns of behaviour

As a child, if we didn’t know how to do something, we asked our friends to teach us the game.

As adults, we feel it’s wrong to admit we don’t know something, it’s a weakness someone else will use against us.

Bullshit.

Can you see how we’ve fallen out of play-land into boring-land…?

Flip that mindset of yours and add something small every day that makes you smile and gives you freedom to play!

Can you teach an old dog new tricks when it comes to educative play?

Absolutely not.

I get our lives are intricately connected, and we can’t just skip off into the sunset singing Cum-by-ya…

But we sure can skip once in a while ?‍♀️

Whether you are leading a global corporation, or making coffee for those that do… the sentiment is the same.

If you seek success in your life, playfully create it every day.

  • Eat that popcorn with a movie at 2 in the afternoon…
  • Have breakfast for dinner…
  • Family sleepover on a Wednesday (school night) in the family room…
  • Play a mixed couples tennis match with absolute strangers…
  • Order ice cream cones for your next board meeting…

Find out how we grow through explorative play, not through restrictive directives.

It’s not the big things in life that matter, it’s the amazingly small things that build our most interesting future.

Do yourself a favour, put a little play into your day and you’ll see how loved ones, co-workers, employees, employer and everyone around you will respond more positively.

Allow play to curate your thoughts and instigate your actions, and be open to the wonders of who will step forward to play with you…

Just like that contagious yawn, we can’t help copy what we see…

By Sam Plovie

The Ultimate Guide By Your Side ~ QiPro Sam helps you remove the barriers that sabotage your success so you can live life at full potential

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