Insights About Children to Use in Your Professional Life
Here are a few important insights about children you can use in your professional life:
Honesty is, overall, the best policy. I think we have all had an experience with a child telling us something brutally honest. Since they don’t have all the baggage of what is the right way to say things or what is okay to say, they just speak freely and openly. The truth is just the truth, and if it is said with an honest benevolent intention, then it is always okay. Its the listener who takes offence to what has been said based on their assumptions about themselves and others. If a child says they don’t like your t-shirt, your reaction is based on your past, not the inherent nature of the statement (which is totally neutral). Kids have no attachment. They just call it how they see it.
Having fun is a real daily priority. Basically fun is the ONLY priority in life. Have you ever watched a kid eat a meal, or brush their teeth, or tie their shoes? They are always having fun. Everything is worth enjoying. I know as we get older we tend to take on the idea that responsibility takes precedent over having fun. I think we should bring the openness of having fun even when we are doing things that aren’t necessarily exciting. What if responsibility could be as joyous to us adults as play time is for kids?
Differences are overlooked. Until we come along with our ideas of the world, kids are quite capable of getting along with one another just fine. They don’t even really recognise that they are different from one another. They accept each other unconditionally.
The moment is worth getting lost in. There really is only now. If you have spent any time with a kid, you’ll know that they are constantly changing subjects. One second they want to play soccer, and the next second they want to draw a picture. And what is most extraordinary about this is that they jump into every activity whole heartedly and with complete abandon and commitment. What a great way to look at each moment.
There actually is enough time. There is no understanding of time pressure to a kid. They naturally want to spend time on the things that bring them joy. You know this if you have had the pleasure of playing with Legos with a child. There is no sense of ever being ‘done.’ There are endless possibilities, and there is always more time to enjoy one’s self.
Creativity is easy. Everything in a child environment is an adventure. A cardboard box becomes a boat, and the family room area rug becomes the vast ocean in seconds. The dinner table can easily be transformed into a series of islands in a sea of lava. There really are on limits to a child’s creativity. We should nurture this, and cultivate this sense of adventure in ourselves.
Curiosity is our natural state. To us, sometimes kids questions can become tedious, but appreciate they’re natural curiosity for the world around them. Have you ever noticed a child walking in a park for the first time? They are in sheer awe of the trees, grass, rocks….everything. These are things, that over time, become commonplace to us. Think of the excitement of every new experience if you take a moment and look at it as if it is your first time ever experiencing it. How much more could you learn if you adopted an attitude of curiosity, even in the more comfortable places?
The future is worth running towards. My favourite thing to observe in children is their need to run everywhere. Have you ever noticed that children run from place to place, as if every new experience is worth getting to as soon as possible. What a wonderful way to look at each moment of life.
Children are so full of light and joy. If we observe their nature and model it, we can enjoy some of that boundless optimism for ourselves. Incorporating these insights into your professional and personal life will give you a more flexible perspective and more resources to accomplish your goals.
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