Play the What If? Game

Play the ‘what if?’ game with yourself or with someone that is fully supportive of your overall brilliance and general ‘fab’ness (like a coach!)

For every thing you see as an obstacle in your life, ask yourself what you would do if it wasn’t an obstacle. This game is very effective for helping you to invest quality thought into the future you would like to see without being bogged down with how to get there. Remember, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley”. I’m sure he didn’t mean to write that second line quite like that, but it goes to show how badly things can go.

The point being that it doesn’t matter right now how you are going to get there. What matters is that you entertain the possibility.

Example lines of questioning:

What if I could have any job in the world? What would I go for?

What if I had the money? Where would I be?

What if I could give myself the space I deserve? What would my life be like?

What if I was really good at what I love to do? How would I live my life?

This tool is great for entering into a dialogue with your constantly active unconscious mind who is creating a future for you right now this very second. Questions like ‘What if?’ can tease out a little more information about what this life of yours you are creating could be like.

Ten Steps to Make a Change

1. Find a piece of paper and a pen

2. List all the elements and experiences your life wouldn’t have – given the choice.

3. Throw the piece of paper away.

4. List all the qualities your life would have given the choice.

5. Spend time getting a kick out of imagining that life you would choose.

6. Choose that life.

7. Give zero attention to anything on that piece of paper you threw away.

8. Give one hundred percent attention and any more you can muster on the things you do want to see more of.

9. Enjoy the process.

10. Remember to look back on how far you have come from time to time.

Tackle Problems One Day at a Time

Identify one people problem you need to solve.
Identify one work problem you need to solve.
Identify one personal problem you need to solve.

Choose one action for each problem to move you closer to a solution.
Carry out those actions today.

Harnessing the Power of Empathy

Empathy is a vital part of our human experience. With it our business can truly succeed, without it we are doomed to fail. In this post I wrote for The Nutshell Project I explore why that is the case, and offer a technique for establishing empathy that anyone can master.

Harnessing the Power of Empathy

The Idea Generator

Ever stuck for an idea even though you know there is one out there somewhere? Sometimes getting a killer idea is simply a matter of working with your brain rather than against it. In this post I wrote for The Nutshell Project, I outline some ways you can align with your natural creative thinking processes and capture some truly innovative ideas.

The Ten Minute Idea Generator

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