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how do you show up in the world?

March 13, 2012

I am sure you can understand why I go there. I can be whoever I want. Do what ever I want.

I  hunt, fish and gather herbs. I have improved my first aid skills (admittedly out of necessity) and I can cook a wider range of meals that I would have ever thought possible from the ingredients I gather.

As in life, I have changed ‘career’ a couple of times now. Just to see what it is like really. To learn new things. I have made some mistakes along the way and made some choices that, with the benefit of hindsight, were not the best. But I am learning.

My life is pretty busy. Life is pretty busy. So I have to make a conscious choice to make the time to go. Make a conscious decision about who and how I am going to be when I show up. What it is that I am going to work on developing this time around?  Maybe it is time to buy a horse and learn to ride?

This last few weeks I have spent some time there with a couple of other people. I wouldn’t say we are a team yet but we are trying to work together, to help each other get the most out of the time we have chosen to spend there. So there is another choice – to go alone or with others?

Whatever I decide, I know when I am almost there when I see this:

Image of button that says "Enter World"

That button is the last thing you click on before you enter the realms contained within World of Warcraft. When you click on that button it is a small but very definite action that says “I am here and I am ready to play.”

More recently it says “I am here and I am ready to learn.”

On those days I take part in a course that aims to develop the effectiveness of small teams. My team members are based in Brazil, Chile and the USA and we are a mix of ages and experiences. It is a virtual team and our learning environment is the virtual world contained within World of Warcraft.

We have all chosen to participate in this course. We all understand that we are expected to put the time aside to allow us to focus on our work each time we meet. We gather in the audio chat room and once we are all there we all have to enter the world to do what we need to do together. We all have to decide how we are going to show up in the world today and then we click on that button.

That is the first practice that I am trying to take back into my real life and to the people who I work with “in the real world”.

  1. Make a conscious choice to participate.
  2. Make sure I have the time to focus on our work each time we meet without other distractions.
  3. Decide how I am going to show up.
  4. Enter the world.

It seems simple but I am already discovering how powerful it can be.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Gavin permalink
    March 13, 2012 9:33 am

    WOW! You hit the mark with this one. Focus is essential – when being there. I am believing the more ‘unfocussed’ energy I put into an event before I get there may be a waste. But deciding how I am going to show up benefits me more – my commitment to being there. I do admit that I have ‘consciously’ practiced this, but almost felt I was ‘cheating’ through the event even though it seemed more relaxed and valuable (or focussed). Maybe my mindset needs to change…..

    Awesome blog Paul!

    G. 🙂
    (now where’s that button…..)

  2. Beth Stubberfield permalink
    March 27, 2012 1:58 pm

    Very thought provoking and reminds you of the power that you have lying within yourself that you only utilise some of the time !


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