Play Time

Last week as part of our holiday we visited some gorgeous gardens where we found perfectly shaped hedges, tree-shaded paths, fountains hidden amongst walls and creepers and spectacular views.

It was a hot – 40 degrees hot – day and the children were flagging. “It’s so hot mummy” “This is booooring” “I’m too tired to walk any more” came the cries. And not that surprisingly really. It was a grown up kind of place and it really was very hot!

But then, on the horizon, a play area! They were off!! Climbing, swinging, clambering, inventing games involving tipping stones from their shoes down a climbing wall! (Not onto any climbers btw!). 

It was about 1pm, possibly the hottest it had been all day, and yet they had boundless energy.

Because it was something important to them.

Something they cared about.

Something they loved to do.

And as we grow up, we don’t change so much from when we’re kids.

We think we do, and our toys may change, but we can still easily find energy for doing something we love. Something we care about. Something important to us.

So do you know where your most-loved play area is?

How much of your life is filled with time there?

How can you make your play area bigger, with more equipment?

How can you get there more often?

And who are the people you want there with you? 

Why I do what I do….

Yesterday my business cards arrived, today a fantastic testimonial to brighten my day. Making a difference like this is the reason I’m doing what I’m doing……

“Straight off the bat let me make an admission, I am or was a “coaching” sceptic.

I own and run a successful IT Solutions company and was firmly of the belief that coaching would be an expensive waste of my time. I am now, happy to have been proven wrong.

I was introduced to Helen at Wild Fig by a business owner that I have known for many years and have a great deal of respect for. He twisted my arm and convinced me to book some one on one sessions.

Before our first meeting I made the decision that I would enter the process with a completely open mind and a desire to challenge myself.

As soon as we started the sessions I knew that Helen and I would work well together. In a creative and constructive manner she not only challenged some of my behaviour but also reassured me that much of what I did, was in fact, good.

It is rare to actually see tangible benefits from sessions such as these but with Helen’s skills we have achieved this.

As a direct result of changes in my behaviour, brought about by our sessions, I have seen a failing member of my sales team completely turn his numbers around.

I cannot stress how much I value the experience of working with Wild Fig and I would be happy to discuss my journey with anybody considering coaching from Helen.”

Andy Coughlan, Trojan Solutions