Persistence without pushing

I’ve just had the great privilege of seeing the musical Matilda. What an impressive show.

The costumes, the performances, the “tone” seemed pretty right to me, developing the 1988 Roald Dahl book and its illustrations by Quentin Blake. Even with the child-heavy cast, the choreography is really tight. It was a joy to view it with kids in the audience as some of them had their first theatrical experience.

It made me proud of Tim Minchin who wrote the music and lyrics. OK, he wasn’t born in my home State WA, but he grew up there and there he went to university and to performance training at WAAPA.

Funny thing about his path to the show: he’d always loved the book, he says, he even made an approach for the rights some years before being commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

It says something about persistence to me. Minchin might not have had the reputation and power to take on that property at first attempt, and by his own words he was still learning his business as a younger person.

When time was right everything came together for him to step into collaboration with a top playwright and director to make a fun and lasting work. He was already primed by his familiarity with the text.

In our space it often happens that something we work towards takes a lot longer than we wish. Our choices might appear to be either continue to graft or give up in a huff. The message here is that sometimes getting out of “pushing” energy and into “allowing” energy can deliver our target wrapped up in a bow.

Not always of course, and we can fine tune our judgment that will let us relinquish some projects gracefully and without too much regret, if needed.

Yet, if we have the drive of a Tim Minchin, let’s consider whether we’re sticking to something because we know it’s for us, yet we’re pushing and struggling.

Maybe it’s time to take the foot off and to spy it from another perspective.

Actions   Persisting – with allowing energy.


1. Your pushing gets you nowhere near your object and your continued efforts are exhausting. Yes?

2. Try a smaller version. For example, you want to speak on huge platforms with Oprah; start speaking on local networking stages. Concentrate on allowing the closer step to occur, and then another. Gently does it.

3. Or shifted your view. The stage might be an on-line platform instead, a book, an art exhibition, a collaboration. Flip it completely. Try something no-one’s ever envisaged before.

Of course I want to hear how this works for you. Please joint the comments over at the Flourisheer FB page and let’s support each other in our endeavours.


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