I recently addressed a group of 7th grade school children. In the midst of the talk, I casually asked them,”How many of you are willing to have a life of ease and fun?”. I was amazed to find that 2 children were interested out of an audience of 90 children! The rest of them said “Life can’t be easy”, “I want a life full of challenges”, “ My dad has told me life has to be full of challenges”.
Did you know that your perspective to life determines how life shows up for you? Its interesting that many people have been brought up with the point of view that we got to work hard to earn money. And then we get to bring up our kids teaching them the same!
Some of the people working most hard in a city are construction workers. Are they the richest in any city? But they surely work hard! What a great myth is “work hard to earn more”!
What if you could work smart? What if you could have the creative juices flowing so easily through you that you had an idea after another that got you to create a greater business or career with ease?
Does hard work create more for you? What if you could create your life, business, a career with ease? Would you choose that or would you prefer to choose hardship and challenges because you have decided that is motivation for you?
When we work hard, we are often running with flippers on. We cant see what can be an alternate solution to what we would like to create. We are so “focussed” on completing the task in this one way, that we don”t stop to think of other possibilities.
Here’s a tool: Any time life is difficult or tough, stop to ask – “Is there a way for me to create this with ease and with joy? Are there another ways that I can create more for the company and for me that I haven’t yet considered? What are the different ways I could create more for me and for my company and earn more money?”
Don’t look for answers. Just ask the questions with no expectations. Even if you get an answer, ask the same questions again.
Questions empower, answers disempower. So often we get a solution and we make that the right solution and the only solution. This again takes us back to the situation with flippers on, although we did have a flash of awareness for a short duration in between.
Using the tool of asking questions is powerful. Try it!