Friday One Minute of Excitement

Are You Worried About Spending Money?

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Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.

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Friday Minute of Excitement!

What’s so exciting about putting money into a parking meter?

Watch this video to find out!

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com. 

Discovering Your “Wow, I Love To Do This!” Activities

When we first embark on a new activity, whether it’s a new exercise routine, joining a new social group, starting on a new creative project, there is often a period of time when our new endeavor has an awkward new shoe feel.   During this period of time, our new activity might not feel fully comfortable yet.

Have you had this experience?

Yet, part of the wonder of life comes from trying out new activities and then choosing whether we want to continue to do them or not.

Like new shoes, some of these activities we choose become progressively more comfortable and to our liking as we do them, while some others just never seem to fit.

When we experience some uncertainty as we try out a new activity, how do we decide if we are just experiencing the new shoe feeling or if the shoe simply doesn’t fit?

One way is to try out our new activity on a trial basis for a length of time of our choice.  This trial is like trying on shoes and walking around the shoe store to see how they feel.

This trial period with a new activity can be made into a simple game, which I call, “The Finding What I Love To Do Game.”   The basis of this game is a fun chart, like the one pictured above.  In this chart, you keep track of two interesting things.  First, did you do the activity?  Secondly, and maybe more importantly, you rate how you felt as you did the activity on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being substantial discomfort and 10 being substantial joy.

Consistency in doing our chosen activity is part of this game.  Because if we try an activity once today, once two weeks from now and once two months from now, it is probably going to have the new shoe feeling each time because we haven’t allowed ourselves the experience of doing it consistently enough to give ourselves a chance to get used to it.  (Note: What consistency means for your activity will depend on how often it is feasible to do it.  While it may be feasible to do an exercise routine everyday, some social groups, for example, only meet once a week.  So in this case, consistency is attending the weekly meetings.)

Saying that about consistency, this is your game.  Make it fun!  If you miss a day, CHOOSE to miss a day free from guilt and enjoy your choice.  This game is about accomplishing what you want to do in a way that makes you happy.

You are also keeping track of the joy you feel each time you do your activity.  As you embark on your new activity, your joy may start out fairly low, more towards the discomfort end, but as you get used to the feeling of your new activity, your numbers will naturally rise.

You are looking for a rise in your numbers by the end of your challenge.  But also, remember this could just be the beginning of your potential to feel joy when doing your chosen activity.  If an activity is a good fit for you, the joy you find in doing the activity will often accumulate the more you do it.  For example, I loved yoga the first year I did it, but now four years into doing yoga, I find much more substantial joy in doing it.

(I got the idea of creating this type of game from the 21 Day Yoga Challenge that we did at my yoga studio, Pilgrimage of the Heart.  A whole bunch of us did the this challenge and we became excited to ask each other, “How are you doing with the challenge?”  One of my favorite parts was that we were given star stickers to mark off each of the days we did yoga.  Sometimes, I used the stickers and other times I drew my own smiley faces. So cool!)

Game of the Day

Steps to playing the “Finding What I Love To Do” Game

1.      Pick an activity that you want to “try on.”

2.      Pick a length of time (or number of times) that you want to “try it on” for. Examples: 21 days, a month, as many days as you are old, 10 times, 25 times.

3.      Make a simple and FUN chart modeled after the one pictured above.

4.      Have a wonderful time playing your game.

5.      At the end of your game, determine from your experience and your chart if you want to make this activity part of your life or if you want to drop this activity to make room for one that brings you more joy.   OR if you are still not sure how you feel about this activity, play another round of the game.

Take Responsibility For Having Spectacular and Fascinating Fun

It’s Friday as I write this, the end of a busy and productive week. I’ve taken full responsibility for my work all week.  Now part of me just wants to kick back and be entertained, to let the weekend play like a blockbuster movie before my eyes.

Wait, something seems amiss here?  I took full responsibility for my work all week, but now don’t want to take full responsibility for a weekend of spectacular and fascinating fun. Hmmm?  This is a little odd!

According to my dictionary, one of the definitions of entertain is to “receive.”   It’s easy to consider having fun to be synonymous with being entertained, having entertainment done in front of us while we passively receive it.  This may come from the idea that relaxation and fun are created when we do nothing.

From this perspective, we make the entertainment responsible for whether or not we have fun. A good movie allows us to receive fun, while a terrible movie prevents us from receiving fun.

Relaxation and fun can be more substantial when we actively choose to take a portion of responsibility for our relaxation and fun.   From this perspective, we want the movie to be good and entertaining, and at the same time, as we watch it we can take responsibility for finding the good and entertainment in it.

Consider developing a relationship of mutual responsibility with your entertainment and if you find that you aren’t able through this relationship to find interest and fun in the entertainment, do something else that you find fun.

Game of the Day

What does taking responsibility for having fun mean in your life?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.

Gracious, I’m Glad It’s Today!

Have you ever found yourself on Tuesday saying, “Wow, I wish it were Friday?”

Me too!

We should be careful, that’s a couple of days we are wishing away!

Or if you have a vacation coming up in a month, have you ever noticed yourself saying, “Gee, I wish I was already on vacation?”

And this could be a whole month that you are wishing to get past.

This is a great deal of life simply wished away.

And why are we doing all of this wishing?   Probably, we are predicting that our weekend or our vacation will be more joyful and fun than where we are and what we are doing right now.

I’ve found that having fun in any circumstance, whether one is at work, off for the weekend, or on vacation, is an act of creation, which requires focus on enjoying where we are and noticing opportunities to feel joy and have fun.

So even today, even if you are at work, try asking yourself, “How can I find joy and fun WITHIN this circumstance?”  Then focus on your answers.  This is your FUN FOCUS.

I realize as I write the last paragraph that it may sound overly simple.  I found that creating and maintaining a FUN FOCUS is simple, but not always easy.   I’ve observed that it’s very natural to long to be somewhere other than where we are.

But isn’t it exciting to think of how much more life we have available for our enjoyment if we cultivate the skills to focus on the joy and fun of today, even if today isn’t a Saturday or a holiday in Tahiti?

Let’s do our best to put today in FUN FOCUS.  Because who really wants to wait for the weekend or a vacation to have fun?

Game of the Day

How can you put today in FUN FOCUS?