Explorers In Our Own World
Written by David Pullan
In my last blog I spoke about levels of energy and quality of energy. The essential lesson was that happiness and productivity come about when the quality of your energy is positive. The levels of energy could be low, which would put you in the all important reflective space, or they could be high which would make you more dynamic and action oriented.
This week I want to look at how we can increase the quality of energy by focussing outside our expected reactions and looking for what is new and good.
On Good Friday, McKechnie and I were joined by McKechnie Pullan Jnr to form ‘Universally Challenged’, a crack team of intrepid explorers that took part in a 50 mile charity treasure hunt around our local area armed with nothing but a clue sheet, our wits and our trusty steed…ok it was the car.
Now the three of us trapped in a car for four hours could easily be a recipe for disaster. But about an hour into the trip McKP Jnr said, ‘This is great fun.’ And indeed it was.
As I thought about it later that afternoon I came to the realisation that the fun came about because of the format of the treasure hunt. What we had been forced to do was spend the day focussing outside ourselves and looking for what was new and good in a world that we thought we knew back to front. By looking for answers to clues we were looking to be surprised. Essentially we became childlike explorers of our environment.
As a result of this we discovered houses that looked like they were out of James Bond films, hidden pubs we never knew existed and farms on our doorstep that sold organic duck eggs. It was a day of being newcomers in our own back yard.
What I’ve been thinking about as a result of this is how easy it is to take our work environment for granted purely and simply because we encounter it every day.
We always spot the person who never washes their coffee cup. We always see the person who who leaves on the dot of 5pm without asking if they can help. We always find the colleague who spends more time negotiating the office politics than delivering their work.
We see what we expect to see and as a result the quality of our energy can become negative.
I wonder what would happen if we brought the principles of the treasure hunt to our work and started to look for the unexpected?
What would it be like if we made it our task to see the people who help us even in a small way? What difference would it make if we chose to see the positive value in any comment that was made to us, even if it is poorly delivered? What would happen if we decided to believe that everyone we encountered was well intentioned and was there to teach us a lesson…even if it was a lesson in how not to behave?
I’m not sure I have an answer to these questions…but I do think it would be an interesting experiment to be childlike explorers in our own world and discover the unexpected.
Have a play around with this and I’ll see you later in the week.
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