by Joe Bonura, CSP
Visions Of Sugar Plums
Remember when you were a child, and nothing seemed impossible?
When you lived to dream and dreamed to live? When you did not put
limits on what you could accomplish? When visions of sugar plums
really danced in your head?
Do Not Quit
Whatever happened to that optimistic dreamer? When did the music
stop, and you raced to sit down before everyone else or you were
out of the game? Can you remember when you quit the game and became
too serious about living? Did it end when someone took over your
future and told you to stop acting like a child. "No kidding,
act like an adult!"
New Year - New Opportunity
Perhaps the New Year will give you a new opportunity to reintroduce
yourself to little Johnny or little Mary. Stop strutting around
like you are stuck in a back brace, and open your mind and your
heart to the child that you once knew - to the child that you once
Laugh, Sing, Smile
One of my favorite training sessions is when I get participants
to skip around the room singing the Disney classic "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da."
It is even more fun to watch than it is to participate. Everyone
in the room, laughing, singing, and smiling, recaptures a glimpse
of their childhood.
Skipping and singing brings out the "let's-have-fun-side"
of everyone in the room. It really works. If they are having a bad
day, I recommend that they leave their desks, skip and smile and
think about the exercise they did in my seminar. I get emails all
the time from participants who tell me how it changed their thinking
and course of their day.
Follow The Gurus
If your left brain is telling you how silly the premise of this
article is, you should practice the concept, more than the person
next to you, because you are too grown up. Some of the greatest
thinkers in the world had the mindset of a child: Einstein, Disney,
and Jobs. You don't have to know their first names to know who they
were. They did not allow adult thinking to stop them from getting
rid of the box that confines most people.
Be A Superhero
I can still remember when I was a kid in New Orleans during Mardi
Gras when we dressed up in costumes to enjoy the parades. My mother
was a great seamstress, and she always made me the hero-of-the-year
costume. I was Batman, Superman, the Lone Ranger, and scores of
other heroes. When I wore the costumes, I felt as though I was invincible.
Later in life, I used that same principle to start my career in
advertising, so I read books on all the advertising giants of the
past. I mentally put on their costumes and eventually I was the
founder, owner and president of the second largest advertising agency
Yes, I had people along the way tell me to grow up and be realistic.
How could someone, with my background, make it in the world of advertising?
Thank goodness, the child inside of me was rebel enough to persist.
I loved the world of advertising, and once I opened the door to
the playroom, there was no turning back!
Take A Time Out
I took the same approach when I sold my advertising agency in
1989 to become a professional speaker. I studied the greats in the
industry: Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, and Earl Nightingale. Within
a year, I was fully engaged in the speaking business. You can experience
the same success. Take a time out to your playroom (somewhere away
from the office), and think about how to recapture the child inside
of yourself. Dream about ways that you can "have more fun"
doing whatever it is you do for a living. Be a copycat and seek
out others, in your industry, whom you consider successful. Study
the secrets of their success, and follow their lead.
Time to Dance Again
The only limitations that you have are those that you impose on
yourself. Once more, the sugar plums are waiting to dance in your
head, so ask them to join you on the dance floor.
© 2014 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.