Need help with your business? Toddlers can help.
If you’re like most responsible people out there, you probably have some moments in your business when you’re not sure of your next move. You may be at a cross road, you may be unhappy and you may feel like you need to make a change but you don’t know what and how. Everybody feels this way once in a while.
But before you make a decision, I have a piece of advice for you, inspired by my philosophical conversations with my son: ask a toddler for help.
Sounds crazy, but let me explain.
I’m not suggesting this because kids are likely to have the answer you need. Maybe they do. Kids are indeed much wiser than we, adults, ever give them credit. Instead, I’m suggesting this because kids will gift you something even more valuable than intelligent advice.
Kids will give you the opportunity to phrase your questions in such a way that you, yourself, will instantly know - and feel - the right answer.
For a child to comprehend your question, you'd first need to clarify the problem you're facing, as well as your circumstances. You'd need to clarify what’s really bothering you, what's really going on, how things got to where they are now, and the realistic options you have to move forward. And then you’d need to put it all in simple and clear words.
Kids don't like to beat around the bushes. Their response will probably be “why?”, "why?", "why?", until they find that the problem was presented to them in the most clear of terms.
And by the time you clarify all of it in your mind and in your heart, you’ll most likely already know what to do next. You’ll most likely already feel more empowered. The answer is usually there when you frame the problem with clarity.
As Joni Mitchell noted,
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining.
Only you can make the right decisions for your life and business. But kids do help sometimes.
(photo credit: Ben White)