A powerful question I’ve found myself asking clients recently:
What if you gave yourself permission to be playful?
There has typically been a long pause and then an outpouring of everything that might be possible for the client.
The interesting angle of this question is two-fold.
It brings in the idea of permission - which I like to see as the art of allowing. The client is consciously allowing themselves to be playful, to do something different, to show up differently. It is this permission from within that unlocks the door of the challenge they are facing.
When we look at a challenge thru the lens of play, it takes the pressure off - whether it’s the pressure of perfection, the pressure to perform, the pressure of success or any other pressure. When we decide to be playful with a challenge, it allow us to try new things to see what may stick, it allows us to open up and be more creative in our problem-solving, it allows us to have fun with the challenge.
Take a moment now to reflect (and journal if you'd like):
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