I recently spent time at my sister’s home in Delaware and got to hang out with my super cool 6 year old nephew, Evan.
We played on the swing set (which is a personal fave of mine.) We had a water gun fight. We built tiny Lego battleships.
How fun, right?
Have you ever watched a child and saw the world through their eyes? It’s incredible. They have no fear; no judgment. They live in a land of wonder and amazement. They are silly and playful and don’t care what other people think about it. They are so completely absorbed by their activity to the point which nothing else in the world seems to matter.
But what about us adults?
Even though adults can continue to benefit from the effects of play, society make us feel like it’s a waste of time as we get older. We learn to suppress the crazy ideas and thoughts and stupidly brilliant questions we have as children in exchange for “serious responsibilities.”
Why is this important to our businesses and seeing money in the bank?
Some of the best ideas come when you aren’t actively doing, thinking or forcing the ideas along. The best ideas can come though play.
Play is a state of mind where we feel challenged, focused, creative and alive.
Play is not just for kids. Adults who play are actually shown to be more productive at work and in business than adults who do not play. So I repeat; play is not just for kids.
It’s a powerful state of mind that can benefit any type of work that requires innovation and creativity.
Yes, even your business can benefit.
Need to get inspired for a blog post? Go play.
Wanting to create a new program or offering? Go play.
Desiring a little mood pick-me-up? Go play.
Here are some ways that I like to play in my business:
1) I go for a walk and look at things from a place of wonder. (Hmmm. I wonder where lightening bugs go to sleep at night. And where do they go in the fall, winter and spring?)
2) Dance. I turn on my favorite tunes and have spontaneous dance parties. (80’s hip-hop songs are a personal favorite.)
3) Jump on a mini trampoline. My boyfriend gave me one of these as a fun gift. (He uses it just as much as me!) It gets your blood pumping and endorphins flowing!
4) Journal or creative writing. I like to future pace and visualize my how things are going to be in 2 years. (Sneak peak: it’s going to be amazing!)
5) Chatting with my entrepreneur friends. I like to catch up with friends, share stories and inspire each other. Great ideas get ignited after some of these chat-fests.
I give these assignments to my clients, too. All work and no play is not good for you or your business.
Take a playful time out the next time you need to create YOUR next big idea or if you just need to put a smile on your face. Happy people attract happy people, situations, opportunities and experiences. And THAT is good for business.