Sylvia Hall

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What if Work Was One Of Your Favorite Things?

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When I was a child my favorite thing to play was "work." I loved to play work. It was, really, my favorite thing to do. And, I "worked" a lot of different places, too.

I had my own library.

I became a lawyer who wrote down pages and pages of notes about my cases.

I owned storefronts with dolls and animals for sale.

And, of course, I hosted a good-many lemonade stands.

Looking back, I can see there was one thing I loved about work: the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment.

Playing work allowed me to expand upon my interests.

Playing work allowed me to make an impact.

Playing work put me in my "flow state."

Flow is described by Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi as "the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity."

Work as play makes sense when you are using your talents and making an impact.

Work as play makes sense when you are a part of a community of people who are working with you towards a common goal.

What would you have to believe in order for work to be one of YOUR favorite things?

What puts you in your flow state?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

-Sylvia

 

What Are You Really Chasing?

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Image-1-6 You've been chasing it for a while now.

How's it going, that chase?

Does it feel good? Does it make you excited...?

Or has the chase gotten tiring?

 

Either way, no matter how the chase is going, what I really want to talk about is WHY you are chasing it.

 

Money? Power? Fame? Self-worth? Validation? Vindication?

 

Stop for a moment.

Think about it.

What you're chasing is a thing, but what you really want is the feeling it will bring.

 

Now, think about it harder.

Why can't you feel that way right now?

WITH or WITHOUT that thing?

No, really... why can't you?

 

Can't feel fast without a fast car? Watch ME! I can feel REALLY fast without any car at all!

Can't feel sexy without losing 10 pounds? Pish! I call bull-hawg. That's a lie you're telling yourself. You don't have to believe it.

 

It's crazy really, when we stop to think about it. If we can really let ourselves go there. We'll see that what we ALL really want is the feeling. And the feeling can be ours anytime we allow ourselves to feel it.

 

THEN, from that place, we can go on to pursue such great things. Not because doing so will complete us, fix us, or prove us as worthy, but simply because it is ours to pursue.

 

Now, if you'll come back with me for a moment to those things... I want to talk about them.

I like them too.

A ferocious designer bag.

A gourmet, made-by-someone-else dinner.

A beautiful jewelry (and clothing!) collection.

A safe, gorgeous luxury car.

...Or whatever else might be on your list. Those things are great. When you go after them, you are being someone who goes after things.

You are someone who steps outside of her comfort zone. You will, potentially, use your superpowers for good, and change lives along the way.

But all the while, remember that the feeling you crave is already yours. Always yours. Ready and waiting. And when you embrace that feeling FIRST and then pursue your heart's desires, the magic is yours to enjoy even more-- every step of the way.

 

XO,

Sylvia