The Orange County Fair opened this week. There was the usual frenzy of activity in preparation of opening day….including assembling a huge Ferris Wheel. According to Good-as-Gold Google, the original “Ferris” wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., an American bridge and tunnel engineer, and was erected for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, Illinois.
That was 119 years ago and the Ferris Wheel continues to be a favorite. People stand in long lines for the pleasure of one ride. There are fast Ferris Wheels that leave you wobbly and slow ones like the Wheel at the Warf in Chicago – one round trip takes 5 minutes.
So what’s our fascination with Ferris Wheels? This past week a client compared her life to a Ferris Wheel. “I continually cover the same ground, ending up where I started. I just go around and never move forward.” Can you relate? Can you feel her frustration? Sometimes we can’t seem to break a pattern – however uncomfortable it is.
There is hope ~ and you can enjoy the ride. Here’s my take on this: it’s great to occasionally take a ride on the Ferris Wheel, however, you don’t want to live on the Ferris Wheel! Try these three steps to throw the Ferris Wheel out of your life and put it back in the park.
- Questions. Ask yourself: Am I achieving the results I want? Are my actions in alignment with my goals? Is my life better today than it was a year ago?
- Answers. Asking new questions gives you the opportunity to discover new answers, to gain a different perspective and try out new ideas, new thinking.
- Action. Now it’s time to get out of your head and into action. Thinking is merely the beginning. Now that you’ve activated your thinking muscles, it’s time to get your all your other muscles in action.
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