Saturday Sage: 7 Steps to Blow-up Logjams
In the early days of logging, specialized loggers called River Pigs pushed, pried, and pulled logs off rocks and debris to prevent logjams.
On June 13, 1886, a log jam developed in the St. Croix River in Wisconsin that was described by a local journalist as “the jammedest jam” he had encountered. It took hundreds of men working for six weeks to clear it, eventually using steamboats and dynamite.
Logjams in life can feel like “the jammedest jam.” They lead to boredom, painful dissatisfaction, discouragement, even jealousy. Be a River Pig when you see logjams forming. The good news is enticement is better than dynamite.
Logjams block the flow of life, but a sage uses enticement to blow them up.
The skill of enticement is like a River Pig’s ability to release the flow of logs, but we’re talking about the flow of life, not logs stuck on debris.
Enticement is using a known interest to motivate a person to experience a renewed flow of life.
Enticement makes blowing up logjams fun:
Enticement blows up logjams by redirecting attention toward unexpected possibilities.
Passengers on Southwest Airlines from Long Beach, CA, to Hawaii experienced enticement when they found a ukulele on their seat. Most of us dread long flights, but this crew gave a ukulele lesson.
Some passengers didn’t love the chaos, but it’s an example of enticing someone into a new experience. Blowing up the jammedest jam can be dangerous, but it’s worth the effort.
Enticement: 7 practical steps to blow-up logjams:
- Know what needs to be accomplished.
- Explore the highlights of their life since high school.
- Facilitate free creative thinking by asking questions that tap into their interests.
- Watch for revelations to appear out of nowhere.
- Challenge by asking, “What would you be willing to try that you have avoided?”
- Develop an agreement to hold them accountable.
- Celebrate the first sign of accomplishment.
Use something like a ukulele to capture interest.
Create a safety net that instills confidence.
An example of blowing up a logjam:
- Take someone for a coffee at a place neither of you have ever been.
- Ask, “What have you wanted to try but something stopped you?”
- Agree with them, “There are probably too many valid reasons not to try this.”
- Entice them with, “What are 5 things…