I Haven’t Grown Up – Have You?
We all get older but we’re children till we die.
When my wife flirts with me, sarcastically I say, “Grow up!” But maybe we shouldn’t grow up. Perhaps we haven’t.
Embrace your inner child before it’s too late. (Especially if you’re a leader.)
Some differences are good.
I don’t throw myself on the floor like I did when I was two. I’ve also come to realize the world doesn’t revolve around me.
Getting in touch with your inner child isn’t embracing immaturity.
Practice self-control, self-awareness, and responsibility for yourself and those you lead. But what happens if you remember you’re still a kid inside and the people on your team are too?
Perhaps you need a reminder of things kids love.
- Undivided attention.
- Their world.
- Creative pursuits.
- Dance parties.
- Best friends.
- You notice things about them.
- A predictable schedule.
- Photos and stories.
- Playing outside.
- Not be in a rush.
- Grandma and grandpa time.
- Showing interest.
- Their artwork.
- Regular one-on-one time.
- Hearing “I Love You.”
- A healthy environment.
Exclusions and clarifications:
I love everything kids love, with a few modifications.
Dance parties are out! (#4) An occasional sway with my wife is all I can manage. The ballroom dance lessons were fun but didn’t work.
I don’t need approval like I did when I was five, but I enjoy it. (#8)
Cooking (#13) is good if it’s meat on a grill. Anything with fire makes me light up. I feel like a man if I cook a perfect steak on the grill. I don’t like cooking cupcakes with sprinkles. Does that seem childish? Good!
Grandpa and grandma time isn’t possible but I love spending time with wise people who accept me. (#16)
What’s on the list of things that children love that you want nothing to do with?
How would you speak to team members if you imagined they were five-years old? (Tomorrow’s post.)
This post came to mind when my wife opened the door and cheered for me while I was running the snow blower. (#17, #20, #23) Do you think less of me that I enjoyed it?