Feeling Stuck? Try Peeling Your Bananas like a Monkey

Peel Bananas like a Monkey

Ever feel stuck? Like you want to achieve something but can't figure out how to make it happen? Do the following:

  1. Try, just for a moment, to imagine your goal as if it were a banana.
  2. Then peel the banana like a monkey would.

If you're like most people, you probably don't peel bananas like monkeys do. Take a moment now to see how it's done:

As you’ll see, if you turn your banana around, it is much easier to peel. Now do the same with your goal. Turn it around and look at it from the opposite side. Ask yourself, if I reversed my goal, what would it look like? Then ask yourself, how could you make this happen?

Here’s an example: 

  • Assumption: L&D needs to create compelling evaluation and proof of ROI for senior management.
  • Reverse assumption: Senior management needs to create compelling evaluation and proof of ROI for L&D.

Now how could you make this happen? 

We often make assumptions about what is possible and what is impossible. Reversals destabilise your conventional thinking patterns. Why not challenge your assumptions by turning them upside down, and broaden your thinking of what you could achieve? 

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