What If? with Dr. Jeff Kahrs and the Teachable Spirit

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What If? with Dr. Jeff Kahrs and the Teachable Spirit
Completed roof over the entrance to my shed, May 2014.

Completed roof over the entrance to my shed, May 2014.

These are the questions Dr. Jeff Kahrs asked the teachable spirit on Sunday after finishing the roof over the door to my shed, packing up all his equipment, and preparing to visit his oldest daughter who lives close to me.

What if?

The simple elegance of asking this question is not engaging the brain’s flight or fight response triggered by fear. You are simply asking, What if? Whether it happens or not, no harm occurs. Your imagination is free to pursue the idea without threat.

A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending a convention for Univera in Colorado where I witnessed Mike Rayburn play the guitar and provoke the audience with musical comedy. Interlaced and integrated into his musical satire, such as Led Zeppelin sings, “Green Eggs and Ham,” was an incredible message that he asked us.

The following is the written version of the message Mike left us with that day:

“What If . . .?” by Mike Rayburn

One of the many sweet faces of the students of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

One of the many sweet faces of the students of Ingrid Education Centre, January 2013. Photo by Isaac V. Photography.

YOU are a gold mine of unrealized potential. YOU are surrounded by opportunities. And YOU are your only limitation in life. We negotiate away half our potential and opportunities in life because we aim at the middle; we aim at mediocrity, and we hit it. Don’t! You’re better than that.

“Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; lick it once and you’ll suck forever.” –Brian Wilson

Three fears hold us back most often:

  • fear of failure
  • fear of success
  • fear of rejection

Thinking is questioning. Notice the questions you ask. Ask empowering questions.

1. “What If . . .?” The next time an opportunity comes along, which seems awesome if it could happen, but nearly impossible to achieve, ask yourself,

  • What if I could, what would that look like?
  • Or within your team, “What if we could, how would that happen?”
  • “I know it’s impossible . . . but what if it wasn’t?”
  • “I know I can’t, but what if I could, how would that happen?”
Vision of the finished Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital.

Vision of the finished Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital.

Answer and do not edit your answers, just brainstorm. This allows you to stop deifying problems and challenges and instead poke fun at them, to see problems as opportunities, and unlock your God-given creativity.

“Managing change is not only stupid, it’s dangerous. The only way to manage change is to create change.” –Peter Drucker.

When you ask, “What if?” and act on your answers, you come up with solutions, which are uniquely yours.

Defining the curve with Kimana Little League practice; equipment provided by Gear for Goals, February 2014.

Defining the curve with Kimana Little League practice; equipment provided by Gear for Goals, February 2014.

You define the curve rather than follow it.

2. “Write Music You Can’t Play.” Set goals that don’t exist. Set one goal where you don’t start with what’s possible, you start with what’s COOL! What would you do in a perfect world, and why is that not the goal?

  1. Write it down.
  2. Commit to it.
  3. Take some kind of action on it within 24 hours.

The universe loves goals like this and will come to your aid. The only mistake is not using this power enough.

Purpose:

“Here’s a test to see if your purpose in life is over: If you’re alive . . . it isn’t.”

–Richard Bach

Dr. Jeff Kahrs has been a virtuoso at working out for 30 years!

Dr. Jeff Kahrs has been a virtuoso at working out for 30 years!

There’s a reason you’re here, there’s purpose in your existence. Remember, you care for and comfort people when they need it most. You foster health, you make lives better. That said: Are you driving with the brakes on? Most of us are. We move sideways.

3. “Become a Virtuoso!” Resolve to be the best.

“Who are you NOT to be brilliant?” –Marianne Williamson.

Exercise: On paper ask yourself,

“What would it take for me to become the best ___________?”

List your answers. It won’t take more than 10 minutes because . . . you already know the answers.

“We know what we need to do, we just don’t do it.” –Mike Rayburn

“Give ‘em what they want . . . but NEVER what they expect.”

Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Gear for Goals, believes in developing the dream by providing sports equipment to the Maasai of the Kimana Rift Valley, December 2013.

Dr. Warren Bruhl, Executive Director of Gear for Goals, believes in developing the dream by providing sports equipment to the Maasai of the Kimana Rift Valley, December 2013.

The teachable spirit and Dr. Jeff Kahrs would like to ask the same question as Mike Rayburn, “What if?”

What if? What idea would you like to pursue? What would that look like? To engage your imagination and consider the possibilities today, contact Dr. Warren Bruhl via email: dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org or other members of the Board through Dreamweaver International or to sponsor one of the children of Ingrid Education Centre and encourage the development of the teachable spirit, contact Douglas Monene via email: douglasmonene@gmail.com.

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