“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.”
—Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist
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Being a grandparent is the best! It offers us a second shot of youthful exuberance that many of us missed as parents — probably due to exhaustion.
Spending time with these little ones, often on the floor, only has one drawback — getting back up!
They say that the best coaching is a good example.
Who wouldn’t benefit from bigger helpings of happiness, curiosity, and the focused tenacity of pursuing our passions?
In what ways could you benefit from some kindergarten coaching from the little ones in your life?
Feel free to share any nuggets of wisdom you have received over the years.
“You don’t have to lose something to be searching.”
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Keys, glasses, cell phone, or important documents are things we commonly misplace.
When you lose something of importance, what is it like to go searching?
Even if we are super organized, with nothing out of place, some things can still feel as if they are missing.
In such cases, the searching may require us to examine new dimensions of living, to discover puzzle pieces we never knew were there.
Where are you searching for things to complete the puzzling aspects of your life?
What pieces might you find with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and wonderment, when nothing is actually lost?
“Comparison to others can have a positive impact on your life. Apply it with curiosity and embrace the opportunity to inspire growth.”
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Most of us have experienced the dark side of making comparisons to others. Social media, in particular, has raised it to exponential levels.
What are some examples you’ve seen or experienced directly?
What negative and lingering consequences are easily observable in the people around you?
Alternatively, where and when has making comparisons propelled you toward greater mastery and achievement?
Who are the mentors, coaches, and role models that encourage and motivate you to be your best?
How do their examples help you tap into your own reservoirs of courage, tenacity, and persistence to realize far more of your potential?
Where and how could a more positive curiosity toward comparison with others inspire greater growth and achievement in your personal and professional life?
“Don’t lose your temper, use it.”
—Dolly Parton, American musician, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman
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Although anger is an emotion most of us prefer not to experience, it does have immense power if harnessed toward good rather than its dark side.
When force faces off with opposing force things usually go poorly. Standing for things we value and believe in is far more powerful that being against issues and people with whom we differ.
When we stand for our beliefs, we exude an energy that can attract and enroll others to consider alternative perspectives and find common ground.
Where and how can you use your temper instead of losing it?
When you are furious, get curious!
“The best ideas rarely arise in one isolated mind, but rather develop in networks of curious and creative thinkers.”
—Esther Perel, Belgian psychotherapist
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Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed the numerous announcements of this year’s crop of Nobel Prize winners. When you examine these exceptional individuals for their big ideas and contributions it is apparent that their work stood on the shoulders of many other curious and creative thinkers, who preceded or currently partner with them.
It’s clear that being a “Lone Ranger” never consistently produces the best ideas, and even if it did, life would be pretty lonely.
Where are you currently working alone and experiencing limited success and considerable frustration? Who are some of the curious and creative thinkers in your communities that can help you come up with more prize-winning ideas?
“All learning is state dependent.”
—Jim Kwik, Author of Limitless
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Over the past months, many of us have become increasingly aware of our biases, whether conscious or unconscious. We have learned, through countless examples in our personal and professional worlds, which doors to open, and which to keep closed.
How often do you close the door on others, or worse yet, never open them to peek at what’s inside? To what degree do you live in a state of judgement and protection of the status quo?
What past lessons have been ingrained and habitualized?
Where would a state of greater openness, curiosity, and acceptance of other ways of thinking and acting create new learning and opportunities for a fuller and better life?
“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”
—William Arthur Ward, 20th Century American Author
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There’s a lot of chemistry and physics behind the beauty and light of a candle flame.
Essentially, all waxes are hydrocarbons that, when heated, become vaporized when the flame melts the wax near the wick.
The wick’s key purpose is to draw up the liquid wax by capillary action, similar to a tree drawing up water and nutrients from its roots to its leaves.
What are some ways you can fan the flame of curiosity to take your personal and professional learning efforts to the next level?
“A question is a magnet… it draws information to you.”
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Children love the game of Hide and Seek. They are always curious about their surroundings. If you have been around kids lately, you have most likely been the recipient of a barrage of questions. They are human sponges, hoping to absorb as much information as possible to seek the hidden mysteries of their worlds.
Powerful questions are among the most important tools used by coaches, leaders, managers, parents, and other supportive individuals. Open-ended questions – those which cannot be answered with simple “yes” or “no” – tend to be the most magnetic.
How can you exercise and discover more of your own youthful curiosity to seek and find more answers to life’s most urgent and important questions?
One of my favorite books on this subject is A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger.