I sprinkle this shit on everything

access basics Feb 15, 2020
One of my favorite things about Access is that they invite you to begin to choose. 
 
This sounds basic.
 
But it's the hardest most simple thing you'll ever encounter.
 
I remember being in big Access classes with Gary Douglas, on the receiving end of his favorite response to all things asked of him.
 
"Choose," he would say.
 
And you'd watch as the person (or you) in front of the microphone squirmed with the 'but how?!'
 
And it's true.  "How do I choose.." is the most common question we get as facilitators.
 
That used to stump me, because even I was looking for the 'how'.
 
But then I started to get it.
 
And now I'll quip, "Well, how do you stand up?"
 
"I'm trying to choose," is another great one.
 
To which now I'll cheerily respond, "Can you show me how you 'try' to stand up?"
 
It makes everyone grin, because when you put anything in those terms, it becomes very obvious that you either stand up or you don't.
 
You choose or you don't.
 
So, it's simple then, yes?
 
But take a group of people who want to get everything right and think they want a roadmap to get to where they think they're going, and challenge them with 'just choose".
 
Enter the best trick ever.
 
Because here's the thing:  you have an awareness of the future.
 
You know, before you choose something, what that choice is going to create.
 
You might cut off your awareness.
Or refuse to have it.
Or ignore it.
Or keep it deeply unconscious.
 
But somewhere in there, you know.
 
This question, and its reverse twin (What will my life be like in 5 years if I don't choose it?) begins to give you back to you.
 
So, use it.
 
When you have a menu of choices in front of you, and you 'don't know what to choose', put all of them to this two question 'test'.
 
-->  What will my life be like in five years if I choose this thing? 
-->  What will my life be like in five years if I don't choose this thing?
 
And see which of those questions gives you the greatest sense of space.
 
HINT: the choice that has more space and lightness is always what's true for you. 
 
#backtobasics

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