Hello beautiful people of Expansive Capacity!
It’s Superpower Sunday! 🙂
This is all about how we can implement wee changes that can turbocharge our *existing* superpowers so that we don’t dim our own lights due to inertia, stress, or any other upper-limit problem that reveals itself along our path.
This month’s Superpower Sunday weaves together some musical magic and a bit of Montessori mindset.
First, a favorite demonstration about expectations and neurons at the World Science Festival from my buddy Bobby McFerrin (you may recall this from Get in Gear for the Next Tier, of course, in our deep dive about pre-paving for success).
Next, a similar game of “teach me your patterns” from the phenomenal Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
What I want to ask, here, is how you FEEL yourself reacting to what you’re experiencing as you watch these clips.
First, from the POV of, “What did I expect, going in?” as you clicked each link. Then, from the POV of, “What did my body DO? What sensations were created in me?” as you experienced each vid.
Was there a difference between the non-fiction experience (McFerrin) and the fictional one (Spielberg)? If either your expectations or your sensations shifted between the two of these, I’d love to hear about HOW.
Head over to the comments area of the June course page and share your expectations and experiences!
Personally, I’ve got crying, grinning from ear to ear, and a feeling of deep connection and wonder going on. 🙂 Let’s talk about WHY.
Next, since we did a little chatting about my Montessori beginnings and the whole “let the child explore fully what she finds interesting” thing (hop to the 32 minute mark in this month’s Zoom replay at the June course page and watch to 37 minutes in for the low-down), I wanted to share this really fabulous “Montessori in 18 Minutes” vid.
Setting aside how freakin’ emotional I get having visceral sense memory about the physical feeling of those beads in my hands and how I too, at age 4, learned multiplication using them, this is just a lovely glimpse into the culture that fosters leadership, encourages creativity, and supports genuine interest and curiosity.
As we close off our month on Your Relationship with Expectations and shift into Your Relationship with Time (an expectation-filled topic for sure), I’d love for you to do a bit of creative reparenting when it comes to expectations and what’s ALLOWED.
Specifically, where can you recall having been curious, yet not having been supported in exploring — or even given the opportunity to explore — a curiosity? Where might you have wanted to discover more about a concept but were told that’s not the right use of your time?
And for Superpower Sunday, how can you budget bringing back a bit of that sense of discovery from a new, empowered position of allowing for exploration? Because being allowed to explore your curiosities is now UP TO YOU. Can you create an hour a week in which you do some of that?
Whether it’s picking up a hobby you dropped long ago or going on a bit of a journey within to consider what pangs you’ve ignored or pushed down, I’d love to see you clock in to pause, inquire about, and even play with some of the things you find intriguing. Your homework is to share a bit about how this has the potential to change you.
The way this becomes a superpower is that with this work, we are reconnecting to a part of the brain that — as it tried to develop — was told NO. Letting it know it’s safe to show itself more today will astound you.
Imagine those audience members at the World Science Festival. Probably a bunch of people who may describe themselves as ANYTHING other than musical, right? Consider the joy that can bubble forth when we allow ourselves to be led back to a place in our brains where we DO have the wiring for something we may never have expected was there.
Sending you so much love, you lovelies! Go grab your July Aligned Hustle Calendar at the Welcome page and get to planning for a spectacular month ahead!
Bonnie Gillespie is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. Wanna work with Bon? Start here. Thanks!