Last Friday I was invited to share my passion for Lego Serious Play with the ladies at my Mumthly Start Up Network meeting here in Campbelltown.Let me set the scene for you, eighteen women sitting around tables playing with piles of Lego. What was even more funny to me is that we were in the meeting room at the local McDonald’s. And we were right next door to the playground.
It would be a child’s dream come true! Loads of Lego piled on the table and permission to build whatever you want.But to some of the adults in the room, it was a daunting task. I was inviting them to lean in and just have fun. And that is where the rubber hit the road and some of their wheels began to wobble. Why? Because for some of us, we have forgotten how to play. Somewhere between being a young child and an adult, we have tucked our play gene safely away. But I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s still there!
Here are Four Simple Keys to Help You Rediscover Play in your life
1. Find a non-judgemental spaceIt’s important that you are in place you feel safe, that also includes the judgement that comes from that gnarly gremlin inside your head. There is no right or wrong about playing, as long as it’s not harmful to you, others or property!
2. Give yourself permissionPlay has no set purpose and its probably one of the many reasons that we avoid it as we grow older. We see it as a waste of time. What we don’t realise is that there are incredible benefits to our health and wellbeing. Play is fun, it makes us feel good and we live in the moment, just enjoying what we are doing.
3. Do something that brings you joyAren’t sure what to do? Think about what you loved doing as a child, what were your favourite activities. If you have children, or nephews and nieces, what do you love playing with them? Maybe as a child, you always wanted a set of Lego, or some paints or crayons. Take yourself on an adventure to the toy store and see what’s on the shelves.
4. Think with your hands, not your head!Like doodling with a pen, just play for the sake of playing, just because you can. How often as a child did you spin with the wind whistling through your fingers until you were so dizzy you fell to the ground and watch the sky spinning. Why, because it was fun and made you feel good, there was no other purpose. Let yourself get lost in the moment.
A little while ago I watched Old People’s Home for Four Year Old’s on the ABC.It was a social experiment bringing together pre-schoolers and a group of people in a retirement village. Watching this documentary, the power of play to change lives and lift spirits was obvious. As I looked around the meeting room on Friday, saw the smiles and heard the infectious laughter, it was also obvious that play was also changing these women’s lives and bringing them joy. Play is not a waste of time, it’s a powerful changemaker, my challenge to you is to rediscover play in your life. If you are interested in having a conversation about the power of play, having me present to your group or would like to know more about how Lego Serious Play can change the way you do business drop me a line.