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Remember running around a world make up of fairies, heroes, friendly dragons and monsters we were always able to slay? As we grew up that world became smaller and smaller until finally it was only a memory. Well, stop remembering and start embracing your inner child for your health and for the success of your career.  

That inner child is waiting for the next chance to seize control of your spirit and have some fun. Donít ignore your inner child embrace it. When you ignore your inner child, stressful times in your life can seem monstrous. Stress can often hurt our careers, our family, our friends and it can definitely hurt ourselves. In these specifically stressful moments, our life can seem as if we're a five-year old living in an adult world. We may feel all alone, afraid of the big nasty monsters that cannot be heroically slain with the swipe of our mighty sword.

Trying to get through a nerve-racking career moment of life can make us feel apprehensive, doubtful and exhausted. Trying to Ďjust dealí is a very difficult way of getting through it. When we feel like this, itís hard to try to survive as a child in a grown up world. Eventually, our fear of what we donít know or donít have turns into angry and we become lost.

The worst feeling in the world is being disloyal to ourselves by saying no because weíre too grown up to ďdo thatĒ. When in fact we have it just as great as the kids. Why? Because as adults we now have the ability to finance our imagination in ways that as kids we never could. Instead of a plastic sword from the local toy department, we can buy a real sword replica and beat the heck out of each other at a Renaissance Faire.

Just as when we were kids, only our imagination will limit what is possible. Even with health restrictions; where there is a will there is a way. By allowing our inner child out on a regular basis those moments of stress are nothing more than inconveniences. Here are some ideas for reconnecting with the fun-loving and happy part of you that may just have disappeared under piles of hard work and life's trials.

I came up with my list after my own life trails and after realizing that I was spending half my days day-dreaming. Day dreaming about fun led to actually typing them out as a list of cool things I would like to try someday. Than I realized that if I could think them up, if I could feel excited about the day dream of actually doing it someday and if I could type them into a list, why couldnít I commit to at least trying some of the things in my life? So from an idea came a list of stuff I want to try.

Not important achievement kinds of things...crazy things...fun things...things you have never done but have always wanted to do, or even thought ďwow, look at thatĒ kind of stuff. I made up two distinctive lists. The first list are things I would love to try but not sure if I can or will for a variety of reasons.

  • Rather expensive
  • Health reasons
  • An interesting idea but not an infatuated idea,
  • Impracticable / illogical or just plain really scary. 

The second list are things I am committing myself to. Things I know I can do and promise myself I will do. I started both lists in December of 2006 and so far Iíve earned my first martial arts belt, a friend is planning to teach me to surf in June and I was given Dodger stadium baseball tickets. In addition, Iím getting ready to try a couple of additional athletic imaginings. So, read the rules, make your own list and than do them.

RULES:

They cannot be professional ambitions, they have to be something fun that you wouldn't normally do or you have been putting off saying "maybe next year". Than within the next 12 months you have to do at least one fourth of the items of either list. You must list at least 10 items on both lists.

Things I Would Love To Do:

  1. Fly in a hot air balloon
  2. Swim with Manatees
  3. Build a raft like Tom Sawyer and float down the Mississippi river
  4. Be in a movie
  5. Burning Man
  6. Fly a plane
  7. Skydive
  8. Go on a blind date TV Show
  9. See the Northern lights
  10. Travel Europe

Things I Promise To Actually Do:

  1. Scuba Dive
  2. Parasailing
  3. Travel across the US
  4. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  5. Whitewater rafting
  6. Martial arts lessons
  7. Learn how to Surf
  8. Sea kayaking
  9. See a live baseball game
  10. Hike up to the Hollywood Sign

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