I recently attended an event, a seminar if you will, with five people brainstorming in a room. It was a round table discussion, so the chance to speak came around many times. I noticed a trend.
I noticed certain speakers held my attention much more effectively than others did. The reason became very obvious the second time around. The third time was ridging on unbearable.
You can speak, and say things… Or you can enthusiastically speak with your whole body and mind and verbally visualize things.
It’s not easy to learn this, to get the confidence required for this, and most certainly each situation requires a different level of animation. You wouldn’t cuddle down with a lover and suddenly jump up with animated hand gestures. But if you’re having a group discussion, pitching a project, or presenting a business plan… GET INTO IT!
Now repeat with passion.
Besides, if you do something silly with passion everybody laughs; laughing is good!
Creating a space to live in that encourages growth seems like an easy task; just light a few candles and post some inspirational quotes around and daily fresh flowers. Maybe some middle eastern music and a little sunshine.
Sure, that works if it’s just you. But, what happens when you’ve a whole organization or household to transform?
Patience comes from yourself, with your own activities. Patience is the key ingredient to slowly transforming a culture. It is much harder to stop a snowball rolling down the hill than it is to guide that snowball in the right direction to avoid disaster. Standing in front of an out of control horse will only get you trampled, but if you jump on it you can slowly calm it down and bring it to a halt.
And further, have you ever tried to convince somebody that is hysterical? Patience.
It starts with you, of course. Daily fresh flowers and candles will work for you. But, without your own strength – and patience – to lead and direct, it will not work. It is you that calls a team meeting to get everybody aligned, it is you who integrates culture creating activities. It is you who puts the pot of coffee on to share with everybody, and spikes it with maple syrup.
Don’t give up. Your quest is important.
So maybe it should be patience, confidence, and repetition that is necessary to bring your change around.