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Being Commited to Being Fun
By Richard Bender

Are you committed to being committed? Are you really signed up for having fun?

So much of having fun is deciding to have fun. It’s taking the stand, “I’m tired of not having fun and now I am going to live life to the fullest!”

But, to be truly committed it’s sometimes helpful to take a walk briefly in the shoes of different perspectives. One of the exercises I do with my clients to help them really choose how they want to hold themselves regarding some issue when they are making a commitment. This exercise is called a balance wheel.

In the diagram below (You should know I love diagrams and there will be many more coming your way in the future), you can see I’ve done a balance wheel for myself on fun. To work the wheel, you ask yourself what are different perspectives on a particular topic. To begin we will use the viewpoint of a grumpy workaholic.

The grumpy workaholic would have slumped shoulders and a big scowl permanently drawn upon their face. They would probably say, “Bah, fun is something that lazy people have. I have too much work to do. Besides do you want me to look stupid?” (According to the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, the perpetually grumpy person has a higher mortality rate than other less grumpy folks.)

Hmm, well that one perspective of fun. What is another?

I used to play a lot of tennis and one of my favorite players was Yannick Noah. Noah won the French open in 1983 and is known for his flying Rasta hair, gap toothed smile and lust for life. Today, Yannick is a successful musician. He contributes part of his success in tennis to the fact that he practiced positive thinking and yes, you guessed it having fun.

So to take Yannick’s perspective of life might be to have a twinkle in your eye and look for fun in everything you do.

What’s another perspective?

One of my favorite authors is the late Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. I love his quote on nonsense, "I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."

Mr. Geisel was a man committed to fun for sure. To have his perspective would be to live in one of the cities he created in his mind, Boola Boo Ball. This is the city to which the Doorman of Solla Sollew decides to relocate, because there they have, “No troubles at all!” Being silly was a part of Geisel’s life and it made him a very successful man.

Are you getting the idea? I hope so.

I’ll share with you another perspective that is near and dear to me. It’s the perspective of my dog, Murphy, the Mighty Labrador. What’s it like to be like Murphy? Well, she is always curious, a good listener, loves to smell, is always up for a party and just happy to be here.

That’s the perspective I’m going to take!

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Here’s my request to you, dear reader. I’ve left a couple of openings in the balance wheel above. What are some perspectives on fun that you could take?

Now decide what perspective you want to hold and commit to living from that perspective for a week. Live life through the eyes of that perspective and see what shows up. Get into it. Be the perspective. Have a grumpy face or a twinkle in your eye. Have fun with it and make it real.

Do people smile more at you? Do more people want to be around you? Drop me a line and next month I’ll share some of the best with the Discover Fun community.

Richard Bender is a former professional tennis player and coach and is now a Leadership Performance Coach. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and of course, Murphy.

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