Tap the loosest brick

Tap the loosest brick

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There is a metaphor that I use help people to understand how to make change happen more easily. And it is centred around a game I remember from childhood called Jenga.

Jenga is a game of physical skill created by British board game designer and author Leslie Scott and marketed by Hasbro. Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of 54 blocks. Each block removed is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure.

For anyone that has played the game before there is this deep remembering of how easy it can feel to push a brick out of the tower. They will also remember how at different stages of the game the same brick may go from being hard to move to be easy to move.

The best players of Jenga are the ones that can continually find the path of least resistance. They are able to gently search the tower to find the easiest brick to move. The people who struggle with the game are the ones that set their sights on one brick and look to push it through when it is not ready to move.

Games like this are a great way to see how people’s subconscious mind works. I can look at the way people play a game like Jenga and see how they will be in making change happen. So much of our context on making change happen is about struggle and resistance. People often focus on the way they want change wants to happen rather than the way that change wants to arrive.

Getting people to see and feel the metaphor is one of the simplest ways to get people to shift their approach to change away from resistance and towards ease.

How can you tap the loosest brick on the Jenga tower?

In what ways are you creating unnecessary resistance?

Where do things want to move more easily today?

How can your focus on just tapping the loosest brick?

To ease.


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