Seriously Playful

by | Jan 12, 2024

Getting Lost

Everyone’s had the experience of getting lost while being completely focused on a task. Before you could walk or talk, you had a focus and desire that worked together flawlessly without any narration from your mind. Watch a baby crawling with a singular focus on getting that toy they want, and you’ll see the serious side of play in action. The same focus is on a first responder in a life-saving situation as they forget about themselves to focus on the emergency. No thought, only action. Putting that same laser-sharp focus into playing a sport, a musical instrument, doing the laundry, or an adventure involving pirates and buried treasure in the backyard isn’t any different when you’re seriously playful. When life is a game, your mind runs free with new ideas. Worries pass unnoticed, and your only focus is the game you’re currently playing.

A seriously playful person lets the person go and becomes the game. You can be the person again when you’re done playing. While we are playing, the personality only gets in the way. Get lost, forget yourself, and become what you’re doing. Play without any baggage your personality brings to the game. Ideas of success or failure won’t occur to you, and thoughts of past or future games float by without notice. Your focus is singular, and you don’t identify with these thoughts. The game has no feelings or emotions. They come from the person. When you’re seriously playful, you are the game, and your actions flow without interruption. Fear and doubt fade out, and the music plays you.

The Everyday Big Games

As the game of life gets more serious, it can be challenging to have a good attitude while doing things like the laundry or taxes. Promote a playful attitude by making games from these seemingly boring everyday activities. Put on some music and dance as you fold those clothes, sing while you clean, or wear a disguise to do your taxes.

Incorporating play into your routine fosters a sense of joy in daily tasks and supports mental and emotional health. Engaging in playful activities can be a wonderful stress-relief mechanism, allowing your mind to detach from worries and pressures. You may choose the alternative and think about how much you hate doing laundry and taxes, but you’ll still be doing them, and it doesn’t take much insight to see the healthier attitude.

A Seriously Playful Attitude

The attitude you bring to any endeavor sets the tone for your experience. A seriously playful attitude provides a space for relaxation, revitalizing the mind and helping regain mental clarity. Playing improves your overall emotional well-being, boosts your mood, increases feelings of joy, and promotes a positive outlook, all of which are conducive to effective mental functions.

Einstein Seriously Playful
Seriously Playful Einstein

Getting seriously playful is highly conducive to productivity. A seriously playful attitude is a power source that keeps on giving. Embracing a seriously playful attitude can also contribute to personal growth and development. It encourages you to break out of your comfort zone and discover new facets of your personality. Encouraging play in your daily life opens the door to unexpected and innovative solutions.

Responsible Play

Incorporating a seriously playful attitude into everything we do doesn’t mean neglecting responsibilities or taking things lightly. We play to be our best at whatever game is currently on. Everything stops except our game of laundry time! Then, bring on the tax season! Albert Einstein is doing mine this year.

When we approach work or activities with a seriously playful attitude, we’re more likely to enter a “flow” state, be fully immersed in the task, lose track of time, and work effortlessly and efficiently. These are good mental habits to strengthen. If we can be seriously playful and work efficiently while doing the laundry or taxes, then total immersion into the music while performing for an audience will be an easy game to play.

Play Hard

Playing hard is as easy as you make it, and making things easy is a big part of being seriously playful. It’s all in the attitude. A seriously playful attitude must be cultivated, practiced, and maintained like a muscle, so play hard and often. You will find many uses for a strong, seriously playful attitude as you experience life’s many games.

Playful Einstein

Play is not merely a distraction but an essential component of a balanced and creative life. Play provides an opportunity to unwind and relieve stress. Engaging in play, whether through physical activities or creative endeavors, releases endorphins, improving mood and reducing stress levels. A relaxed mind is more open to innovative thinking.

Playing Together

Learning to play with others, whether in a band, orchestra, or chamber group, is an excellent way to develop musicality. Playing together forces students to listen, adapt, and respond to their fellow musicians. Play can also strengthen interpersonal connections and relationships. Shared play experiences can foster connections and improve collaboration and communication.

Many forms of play involve interaction, leading to exchanging ideas and co-creating new concepts. Collaborative play can inspire creative thinking by offering fresh perspectives and brainstorming opportunities, producing an expressive and harmonious performance.

Play for Creativity

Play encourages divergent thinking, generating multiple solutions to a problem. This type of thinking is essential for creativity. It allows you to explore various possibilities and break away from conventional ideas.

Play often involves solving challenges in a game or building something. This can sharpen your problem-solving skills, which are crucial for creativity. Playing becomes a powerful tool for inspiring creativity and freeing the thinking mind. Inventive ideas will find you when you get seriously playful.

Child’s Play

Children engage in imaginative play, such as pretending to be characters in a story or inventing games. This type of play stimulates the imagination and allows for exploring new ideas and scenarios. Problem-solving through play can be less structured and more spontaneous, fostering innovative thinking.

When you play, you can try new things, take risks, and explore different problem-solving approaches. This freedom to experiment can lead to creative breakthroughs. With a strong, seriously playful attitude, nothing distracts you from your game. When your game is stress-free, innovative ways of solving problems arise when you need them.

Playful Problem Solving

Playing inspires creativity and frees the thinking mind. Many forms of play encourage imaginative thinking. Playful exploration allows you to learn and adapt more effectively, encouraging a mindset of curiosity and openness to new experiences. Many groundbreaking innovations and ideas have arisen from playful experimentation. Play allows for experimentation without fear of failure.

Play enhances your ability to approach anything with creativity, enthusiasm, and a more positive outlook, finding joy and fulfillment in living, working, and problem-solving. Like a mental reset button that allows you to face tasks with a renewed focus, play encourages imagination, experimentation, and the kind of problem-solving that involves thinking outside the box. Experimenting and exploring new possibilities are part of our game, and the game is always on.

Competition is Personal

When you are playing, who are you competing with? If the goal is playing the game well, limiting distractions helps foster a fearless attitude that allows the freedom to succeed. The fear or discomfort of losing in competitive scenarios invites the tension that interrupts our flow. While musicians may compare themselves to others, the essence of music remains a deeply personal connection between the performer, the instrument, and the piece being played. When this performance is an audition, the person wants to win. This desire seems like a powerful ally but is instead a distraction from the music.

Winning may come along with the effort, and it may not. There’s no need to care about that. That might be important to the person, but remember you left your personality behind to be the thing you’re doing. We play our best with no middleman. We can call on the person for the celebration or disappointment of losing when the time comes. Separation from the personality isn’t permanent, but we have a better chance of winning without one.

Winning When We Lose

It is important to have self-compassion and encouragement in the face of setbacks. Understand that losses are part of the journey, and dealing with losses cultivates resilience, determination, and grit. Experiencing losses can build mental resilience, perseverance, and determination. We can be grateful for the challenges posed by losses, as they offer opportunities for improvement. Setbacks foster adaptability, pushing individuals to innovate and evolve their strategies. Maintaining a positive perspective, not letting failures define one’s worth or abilities, and building a positive mindset around losing is very important to a seriously playful person.

Winning or losing can be an obsessive idea. When you cultivate a healthy relationship with failure, losing is not a failure but a catalyst for growth. By embracing failure, we appreciate the learning curve and transform losses into stepping stones toward personal development. Without any care for the result, you will play your best, and that’s the real win. Celebrate the effort put in, regardless of the outcome. In healthy competition, the real victory lies in constantly pursuing a better version of ourselves.

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