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Reinvent the Wheel?
~ Fran Briggs
"Why go and reinvent the wheel?" It's a question that's been around
for centuries; right? Here's a better question: Why not reinvent the
As a Peak Performance Coach, I do a lot of personal development
trainings for adults and children, alike. I love kids! They don't
think like us adults. Kids are just so incredibly and infectiously
optimistic. And, they are absolute Masters of embracing, "what could
Recently, I asked a group of elementary school students this
thought-provoking, question: "Why should we reinvent the wheel?" My
aim was to challenge their beliefs and encourage them to think,
outside of their thinking. Take a look at just a few of the amazing
reasons they came up with addressing why they would reinvent the
wheels ... on their bicycles.
-They only come in one color
-They don't bounce
-You can't see inside
-They need some style
-They're not made of steel
-Too many flat tires
-They slow down when on grass
-They don't glow in the dark
Pretty remarkable answers; I'm sure you agree.
But, the students didn't stop there. They got on the computer and
started letting the manufacturers know their demands. All of the
children gained an incredible sense of empowerment. One of the
students enthusiastically suggested that the group "think of even
more things that could be reinvented!"
By nature, children are visionaries. Unlike their adult
counterparts, they consistently tap into the "research and
development" department within themselves. As such, they are always
taking something apart, asking innumerable questions, and looking to
do differently. Children are not only intrinsically free; but they
give themselves permission to pursue ... anything they want to.
The point is, when I implied (with my question) that the wheel
should be reinvented, not one of the students deferred their
opportunity to share with me the reasons why. Each took what has
been recognized as the norm -- for decades -- and identified the
concepts required for total transformation. Then, after
crystallizing their incredible vision, they took immediate action in
their quest to bring it into fruition.
What could you reinvent? Your bank account balance? The number on
your scale? Your thoughts? Your marriage?
What about your life?
Does it only come in one color? Can you see inside? Do you need some
style? Could you use more bounce?
Once you begin visualizing what could be, life will become much more
fascinating. You'll actually start to take the steps that will move
you in the direction of your optimal self.
Challenge That Which Is!
This inspiring, mastermind group of students empowered themselves
when they dynamically challenged, "that which is." My hope is that
you will use this magnificent model to construct new meaning (and
perhaps even a new wheel) in your own life.
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