Here's a serious question for you: Do you remember how to play?
Don't worry if you don't. Most grownups have forgotten how to play. The good news is that play is easy. You can start today.
Play isn't perfect. Play isn't predictable. Play isn't competitive. That's what makes play fun.
When we play, we let our guards down. We take risks. We experiment. And, most importantly, we fail. And failure is perfectly okay because play does not require a specific outcome. If fun can be an end-state for growth-minded individuals tackling tough problems, then perhaps play can be a way to put ourselves into a growth mindset when pressure is mounting.
What if you were to equate failure with play more often? How would you tackle your goal if you gave yourself permission to play at it?
So let's do just that.
I had so much fun during my vacation because I had nothing to do but play. At some point it's time to go back to reality, but who's to say you can't keep a sense of playfulness with you and bring it out a few times a day?
I hope you get to play a bit this week!