I’m sure we’ve all come to realize that one of the best ways to get people to do something they really don’t want to do is make it fun.¬† As parents when your little ones won’t eat you turn the spoon into a plane and ta-dah!¬† Aren’t kids dumb…I mean easy to please.¬†
Teaches get students to do homework by turning it into games, men wash their car at the wand wash by pretending they are on a black ops mission and they are blowing away all the bad guys…Wait…is that just me?¬† Nevermind.¬† You all get the point.
So is¬†taking a¬†tedious task like say, moving and turning it into something fun a good way to give some people a jump start?¬† The people at www.thefuntheory.com think so.
Unless you’re too young for this reference (or just a huge stick in the mud), I doubt very much we have one person that didn’t think the scene in “Big” where they play Chopsticks on the GIANT piano didn’t look like a blast.¬† Anyone watch Wipeout?¬† One of the greatest gameshows of our time actually makes people look like how we feel after a workout.¬† People line up for it.¬† They even travel to South America to do it because on American soil its unsafe or some crap like that.¬† I mean come on…they wear helmets
I once heard (in reference to CrossFit) that “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”.¬† I take that to mean that we are inherently built to have this burning desire to accomplish something.¬† We WANT to feel alive.¬† We NEED to know that we are in charge of our own lives.¬† And most important, humans - no matter how quiet, how reserved or how timid - have this small primal center in our brains that¬†literally drive us to take a task that seems insurmountable and make it our Bitch.
Its those precious few of us that allow that urge to travel to our hearts that actually wind up carrying the whip.
To those of you training here at SPARK: you have a lot of heart.
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