What a powerful two-word combo. Have fun. It’s an intelligent instruction. It is intelligent to have fun. In fact, having fun is one of the most responsible things you can do.
You see, if you examine human peak performance research, you’ll quickly discover that people are at their best when they feel their best. So if you’re interested in creating excellence, in any discipline, the you might consider beginning with fun.
Isn’t it nice that we evolved in such a way that we excel when we feel great? I suppose it could have happened the other way – where we perform at peak when we feel like crap. But it didn’t. Sweet.
If you need proof, simply recall some of your own lifetime bests. Sporting events, theatrical or musical or dance performances. Presentations or speeches. Any kind of performance. Remember your best-evers. And then think about how you felt during those performances. Not necessarily how you felt before them, but after the point at which you became aware that that particular performance was special. Chances are very good that what you’re recalling now was a very high grade state of mind. You may or may not describe it as “fun” (although most often we do), but it’s not far from it.
One of the most neurotic comments I have ever heard is, “There’s a time for work and a time for play.” People who say that should upgrade their lives. Better advice would be, “Make your work your play.”
And if you’re interested in hearing an excellent interview I did with Master Coach, Steve Chandler, on the subject, click here: