Nick recently bought to my attention this quote from A A Milne’s Winnie the Poo:
Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.
Now what on earth has this got to do with personal development? Well I am sure there are those of you reading this that will have made the connection, but I will spell it out anyway.
Working life often forces us into a stream of activity that has a dynamic all of its own. Winnie the Poo may, by his own admission, be a “bear of very little brain” but his intuition is very good. There is an insight that something could be done differently. It is the case with most people that intuition and feelings alert us to the need for change, but taking the next step, when we feel unable to influence the situation we find ourselves in, can be daunting.
Pausing for thought and reflection is the first step in change. That is where “thinking about thinking” comes in. Coaching is mostly about unlocking your thoughts in a productive and focused manner to achieve your goals.
Now if only Poo could communicate his thoughts to Christopher Robin there might be change………………