“Why go and reinvent the wheel?” It’s a question that’s been around for centuries; right? Here’s a better question: Why not reinvent the wheel?
As a Peak Performance Coach, I do a lot of personal development trainings for adults and children, alike. I love kids! They don’t think like us adults. Kids are just so incredibly and infectiously optimistic. And, they are absolute Masters of embracing, “what could be.”
Recently, I asked a group of elementary school students this thought-provoking, question: “Why should we reinvent the wheel?” My aim was to challenge their beliefs and encourage them to think, outside of their thinking. Take a look at just a few of the amazing reasons they came up with addressing why they would reinvent the wheels … on their bicycles.
-They only come in one color
-They don’t bounce
-You can’t see inside
-They need some style
-They’re not made of steel
-Too many flat tires
-They slow down when on grass
-They don’t glow in the dark
Pretty remarkable answers; I’m sure you agree.
But, the students didn’t stop there. They got on the computer and started letting the manufacturers know their demands. All of the children gained an incredible sense of empowerment. One of the students enthusiastically suggested that the group “think of even more things that could be reinvented!”
By nature, children are visionaries. Unlike their adult counterparts, they consistently tap into the “research and development” department within themselves. As such, they are always taking something apart, asking innumerable questions, and looking to do differently. Children are not only intrinsically free; but they give themselves permission to pursue … anything they want to.
The point is, when I implied (with my question) that the wheel should be reinvented, not one of the students deferred their opportunity to share with me the reasons why. Each took what has been recognized as the norm — for decades — and identified the concepts required for total transformation. Then, after crystallizing their incredible vision, they took immediate action in their quest to bring it into fruition.
What could you reinvent? Your bank account balance? The number on your scale? Your thoughts? Your marriage?
What about your life?
Does it only come in one color? Can you see inside? Do you need some style? Could you use more bounce?
Once you begin visualizing what could be, life will become much more fascinating. You’ll actually start to take the steps that will move you in the direction of your optimal self.
Challenge That Which Is!
This inspiring, mastermind group of students empowered themselves when they dynamically challenged, “that which is.” My hope is that you will use this magnificent model to construct new meaning (and perhaps even a new wheel) in your own life.
Fran Briggs is an author, peak performance coach and motivational speaker. She is also the President of The Fran Briggs Companies, an organization dedicated to the personal and professional development of individuals and groups around the globe. The company’s personal development website offers a free, exciting twice-monthly newsletter that helps you live a happier, healthier and wealthier life. Please visit
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