Let me ask you a few important questions—important if what you want is to access and experience more abundance in your business and in your life.

When was the last time you really had fun?

When was the last time you “went out to play”—you know, the way you did when you were a kid?

Is devoting time to fun for its own sake something you leave exclusively for vacations or weekends?

Is playing an option only when “all your work is done”? (Which for a networker, of course, is a time that never comes!)

I can promise you this: unless you have fun and devote time to being playful in some way—every day—you are limiting the success and abundance you experience in your business and your life. In fact, if you aren’t being and having fun each day, not only will you not attract people and abundance into your life, but you will actually repel them away from your life. After all, most people these days are not looking for more work, struggle and seriousness. They have enough of that already!

Please understand: I’m not talking here about having fun while working your business. I’m talking about playing, sheerly for play’s sake. I’m talking about having recess again, just as you did when you were a kid.

First Grade

Do you remember being in first grade?

Consider all that was happening and all you were learning as a first-grader. You may remember that you learned to read, to print and to write. It may have been around that same time that you began learning arithmetic.

You may also remember first grade as the time you began to learn manners. Perhaps you had homework for the first time. You were developing discipline. You learned new games and met new people. At the same time, your body was continuing to grow and develop.

During first grade, you were also learning social skills and becoming more independent. After all, you were away from home for the whole day.

When you really reflect on it, you come to an amazing realization: you were incredibly productive in first grade! Could it be that you were actually more productive in first grade than you are today? It’s a sobering thought…but there’s no reason you can’t bring your first-grade experience back to life in your life of today.

Here’s how: recess.

Remember when there was a period in your school day, just like “math” and “spelling” and “history,” actually called “recess”? And do you recall what was the whole point of “recess”? It was to go outside and play.

A Day in the (Six-Year-Old) Life

Think back to a typical first-grade day. (I’ll describe what mine was like, with the assumption that yours was at least somewhat similar.)

School begins at 8:15 or so. You have perhaps 90 minutes of class and then—joy of joys—it’s time for recess!

What happens during recess? As soon as the bell rings, you go outside (or to the gym, if it’s raining) and play!

When the 15-minute recess break is over, you have another 90 minutes or so of class, then lunch…and then, yup, you got it: you go back outside to play some more! Then it’s back for more classes, then a short afternoon recess to play again! Then another class and finally home at the end of the school day.

Keeping in mind this day of exuberant, exhilarating intermingled learning and fun, now consider a typical day in your life as it is today.

Does it include morning recess? Do you get to go outside and play? Does it include lunch—followed by more play? Do you have a regular afternoon recess for still more play time?

I hope so…yet I won’t be surprised if you tell me, No, it doesn’t.

What does this tell you? Notice that during one of the most productive times in your life, play was actually scheduled into your day. (I’ll bet you can guess where I’m going with this.) If you want to build your business abundantly and experience abundance in your life, would it make sense to actually schedule fun and play time into each productive day?

Someone You Know

Think of someone you consider authentically abundant. Does this person go through life each day with a frown on her face? Is she “dead serious” all the time? Does she walk as if carrying a heavy burden—the “weight of the world” on her shoulders?

I bet not. Why? Because if she did, you probably wouldn’t think of her as being abundant! (And she probably wouldn’t have a very successful networking business.) Instead, she probably has a smile on her face and radiates a spirit of playfulness, light-heartedness and joyfulness everywhere she goes.

Why not have that description fit you?

The simple truth is, we are often most abundant when we are at play. The ability to have fun and be playful is a universal quality of abundance. That’s why having fun and being playful are absolutely necessary when growing your business.

All right…that’s enough reading for now.

Time for recess!

 

TERESA ROMAIN
is founder of Access Abundance,
an organization dedicated to helping people access greater levels of
abundance, freedom and fulfillment in their daily lives. She lives with her husband, Dan, in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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