Don’t Do What Ice Does
Do you know how ice becomes ice?
The chemistry behind it all?
"Lots of little H20 molecules are buzzing around as water. Then, as the temperature drops, they slow down ... a n d s l o w d o w n a n d s l o w d o w n ... and finally lock into place as ice. To me, that comes perilously close to describing the way we work. Imagine a bird’s-eye view of a building with people working inside. People come in, full of energy. And then they slow down, sit down and spend the whole day locked in place (desk, meeting room, repeat). We get locked into place, locked down into being efficient and in the groove — but not really being creative. To get creative, you’ve got to move it, move it. You’ve got to move it, move it! *Thanks, Vanilla Ice.”- from the book Be Creative by Michael Bungay Stanier.
I know what you’re thinking and you are right but you are also wrong.
You are probably thinking ahead to me writing all about get your body moving. Get off that chair and do something active. I know you can hear me inside your head…… "you can do anything for 30 seconds".
But I’m not going there.
I’m old. I am reminded of that fact often as I fill in forms and my age bracket is lower and lower on the page. I see the facts that my date of birth has me scrolling to find the year I was born.
With age comes the gnawing idea that I am becoming set in my ways. My patterns of behavior are like ice. They are solid and very predictable.
That’s not a good thing when I want to change something. What about you? How easy is it for you to change something about your behavior?
Face the facts, you’ve slowed down and your habits are iced into your being. It’s going to take some work and a long time to melt that exterior and create new.
Change can be difficult, no question.
These 3 steps to reaching any goal help us to get ourselves unstuck:
Don’t settle for being in a rut. Get yourself unstuck from the path you’ve settled into.
When an ice cube melts, it does so slowly. At first the ice doesn’t seem to change at all, then a slow trickle of water melts down. A tiny drip is followed by another and soon a small puddle develops.
The water can now be shaped into something new. But nothing can happen until that first tiny drop trickles down.
To your best health,