Summer is finally upon us here in Sweden. A little later than usual which has prompted some people to question if global warming is actually going on.
They don’t understand that increased energy in the atmosphere does not make it warmer everywhere, all the time. It just make all weather more extreme. As it increases you will see more of coldest, warmest, driest, wettest, windiest etc.
In a way that is the theme of this months coaching letter. Not weather per se, but the fact that as we understand better we can do better. That at the speed of insight what seemed hard is all of a sudden easy …
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Quote of the month
" Any intelligent fool can make things more complex. It takes a touch of genius, and quite a bit of courage, to move in the opposite direction. "
- Albert Einstein
Fast on your feet?
Had a really interesting conversation with my five year old son the other day. We had one of those mornings when we were running late and had to hurry. Of course, that is when he starts making a fuss about not wearing the shoes I gave him. When I insisted on him putting them on because we didn’t have time to change, he flat out refused, so I asked him why he didn’t want to wear them: – Because they’re not fast shoes!
Instead of pointing out to him that all his shoes was sneakers and these were as good as any, I said: – It is not the shoes that are fast, but the quickness of the feet and legs of the one wearing them. He contemplated that for a while and then said that he wanted to compare this pair with another pair to test the validity of my claim.
Time is ticking away but I am now really fascinated by where this is going. After running up and down our driveway in both pairs of shoes he concludes that they are equally fast and that in fact it is he who is really fast. Cute insight, and on the way to the day-care we kept talking about it.
What about the rubber boots he says. I am not as fast in those. In the 10 minutes it takes to drive we get deep into what comes from us and what external factors actually have an effect on our results. A lot of wisdom from the little person in the backseat as we discuss weight of shoes, headwinds, ascents and descents, ground conditions etc.
The coolest thing that I noticed was that in his world the difference in results due to these factors had nothing to do with how much fun it was to run. Rubber boots or sneakers was equally fun to run with, just not the same possibility to be fast. Might seem obvious but isn’t to most adults. Fighting an inreasing to-do-list, selling in a declining market and still feel satisfied and having fun doing your best? Equally fun to run uphill as downhill? Not always childsplay for us grown-ups, right?
So having fun at work or anywhere else regardless of circumstances is always possible. But how good the results are from your joyful efforts, on the other hand, is definitely dependent on your circumstances. To write and edit this coaching letter using a fountain pen had not been as easy as on my Mac. But it could definitely have been as satisfying as hammering away on my keyboard. Are you getting where I’m going with this?
I am asking because it is a bit puzzling how easily we understand that how well we dance have very little to do with how much we are able to enjoy it. Or how close to our personal potential we are as we float across the dance floor. With a mind filled with thought a world class dancer can feel judged, nervous and bound up. When we don’t give our thinking a second thought we can stub eachothers toes and have a wonderful time.
How would it effect your everyday life if you saw the truth in this? That you can have fun and do your best regardless of current circumstances or present ability? That all that’s in the way of doing your best is temporary thinking that you take seriously and that all that outside circumstance influences are the results you can get from your efforts. Which will be as good as they can be when you have fun and do your best (tip of the day: it is the default setting of life and rubber boots or sneakers are equal in this regard;-)
In the long run results will be about how fast and strong your legs are rather than which shoes you are wearing. And you develop that naturally as you have fun and do your best, maybe even more with rubber boots on in a dirty field than with spiked shoes on a track field. Same thing with tough markets, people that rub your thinking the wrong way and other outside factors that we all face.
I hope that this might give you something beyond the words that help you to do your best with childish joy regardless of your current circumstances. And with no thinking in the way of your natural drive to create optimum circumstances for maximum rewards on your joyful efforts. Change doesn’t have to be harder than understanding a little better and letting yourself do things differently than you did them yesterday …
The Magic of Reality
by Richard Dawkins
This might be the best and most enjoyable explanation of science you can read. Unfortunately, Dawkins is mostly known for his slightly overzealous view on religion, which has hidden the fact that he is one of the most brilliant scientific writers/explainers of all time. This book will leave you with a sense of wonder and fascination about our universe that is truly priceless …
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