What is one characteristic you had as a child that you wish you still possessed today?
The question above was taken from, "The Live Inspired Podcast" by John O'Leary. I have been asking this question to quite a few people lately because it brings our focus back to what we all really want in our lives. Whether its a child-like faith, a vivid imagination, the ability to speak exactly what's on our mind, or just a pure heart. This holiday season has allowed me to see these in action with the increased population of babies in our family. My nephew's daycare taught him how to put his coat on the way you see in the video. Honestly, for pure enjoyment, I want to start putting my coat on this way.
Step One: Slam coat on the ground
Step Two: Make sure hood is facing you and arms go into sleeves.
Step Three: Pause for an abnormal amount of time to make sure others see this amazing way you put on your coat.
Step Four: Heave over your head and smile with pride.
I love to see learning in action, his sense of pride, and a childlike spirit at its best.
What area of your life do you need to bring back the characteristic you once possessed as a child that you have forgotten? Maybe we have been doing certain things in our lives just because they have always been done that way or that’s how it’s “supposed” to be done. I used to play Jock Jams in my basement growing up and pretend I was on the Chicago Bulls. I would introduce myself, turn the lights on and off, and dunk on the Little Tikes Basketball hoop we had. I would countdown, 3-2-1 and try to hit game winning shots. I feel like I have lost some of that magic. I want to bring that same excitement, joy, and passion to the games I coach today. I am going to share this with my players and hope they are reminded of why they play as well. When you focus too much on the results, you lose track of why you started in the first place. The most successful people think in terms of “both”. I know we can have a childlike spirit and still create winning results.
Ask yourself the question above and take one step to bring some of that magic back into your life.