We are at Whistler Mountain, British Columbia and the slopes have 17
> known bears in residence. Like most of us, these creatures are
> omnivores eating almost anything (ok, my sister-in-law won’t put
> anything green in her mouth). Bears particularly love berries and
> honey in season. Each have differing risk of bee stings.
> Have you ever poked around in blackberry or raspberry bushes for those
> sweet fruits? Bees are also attracted and once in a while you might get stung.
> While the risk is low, it’s still there and you need to assess how
> much you love berries and how much you dislike stings. As a boy, I
> often took the chance of sneaking the Oreo cookies I was addicted to but was only "caught"
> once in a blue moon. As an adult professional corporate trainer/coach,
> I sometimes push participants gently toward their success. Only once
> in a while does someone bite back in mental resistance. But mostly
> there is satisfaction in watching people gain new and useful insights.
> But sometimes I go for the honey; almost sure to get stung. But my oh
> my how sweet is that nectar! As a 12 year old, I once elected to go on
> a day long adventure with a cousin without permission. When I returned
> home and got "found out", I was grounded for a time. Big adventure;
> big consequences. As an adult trainer/coach, I sometimes see an
> opportunity to push a participant past their resistance tipping point.
> When successful, the person has a life-changing transformational
> experience. When they resist going there, the entire class can experience the backfire. Bigger reward, bigger risk.
> What is your general practice? Do you play it safe and only gain small
> rewards? Do you take bigger risks for the scrumptious honey and
> sometimes experience bigger failures? Neither approach is right or
> wrong but each has its own results. What holds you back from playing
> the bigger game? How can you use your accumulated wisdom to reduce the
> risks? Do you see how taking bigger steps also increases your capacity to succeed AND fail (at times)?
> Life is too short to live in a rut of small decision-making. See what
> it’s like to go for more honey. Like the bears, you may decide that
> the delight is worth the risk.
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