“You’ve always got a choice”, I replied yet again in response to someone on a workshop having a rant about how shit their boss is or how their job is turning them into a robot.
“What, no I don’t”, came their sharp retort” You just don’t know what it’s like here.”
“OK, you’re absolutely right. I don’t know what it’s like for you, but what I do know is that you always have a choice. The question is whether you are prepared to make that choice.”
This is the start of many a conversation I’ve had with people throughout my career. Sometimes the conversation goes swimmingly, sometimes not quite so! After one of these episodes, feeling happily spent as I always do after training, I sat down in the room surveying the detritus of the day. I was surrounded by stuff. The stuff the group had created from everyday items adorned with glitter and foil, sparkles and pipe-cleaners, their ideas spilling across the walls, the snowballs of half-baked ideas; destroyed to make way for bigger, brighter ideas that were buzzing in their heads. Half-drunk cups of coffee and partially munches apples sat waiting for attention on the tables.
At that moment, it struck me that every day I’m struck by how many people seem to conduct their lives with blinkers on. These people, on the surface, appear to be passengers in their lives and adopt a ‘whatever will be, will be’ approach to the way they live. Then, in the learning setting, they simply light up, full of curiosity and creativity. It’s as though the change of setting permits them to be their true selves. Since when did you need permission to shine?
My business partner (Wendy Gannaway) and I have been grappling with this question for the best part of a quarter of a century… 25 years... crazy, eh!
We concluded that life gets complicated and clever people suffer from the challenge of simplification. There is a common paradigm that if things aren’t complex, they aren’t clever. ‘Simple’ unconsciously suggests a lack of depth. We’d do well to remember what Confuscious said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Our business is Genius Learning. We named it such because we firmly believe there is a genius inside each of us, just waiting to be unleashed. This lead us to try and define what an EveryDay Genius is. It's not that easy! For many weeks we suffered from complexity and had 17 different definitions of what an EveryDay Genius is. After many brain farts and in-depth debates, I finally had one of those lightbulb moments. I recognised the problem wasn’t the complexity of the definition but the sheer simplicity. That definition came down to just one, single, little word. It really is that simple.
Choice. You have them all the time. You make them many times a day but are you consciously making the right ones to ensure you live the life you deserve?
EveryDay Geniuses choose to show up, not just be present. They fill the gap between what they have to do and what they are capable of doing.
In doing so, they plug their sensational brainpower into whatever it is they are doing, whether they love it or not, just because they can. This progresses their life from ordinary to extraordinary.
Enjoy the ride!