Bringing Crazy Back –  7 Ways to Lighten up You and Your Business


This message is for anyone, any age who can use a refreshing new way to do business by bringing Crazy Back!

My father used to call me Elsa Maxwell. Apparently, she was huge party giver back in the day. He said I would throw a party at the drop of a hat. Work would come second to fun. ALWAYS. Having fun has never been an issue for me. Taking life seriously well, that’s another story. When my sister observes me during my workday she often comments ‘You’re not working, Fran, you’re playing’. My response is almost always the same. Thank You, that’s my goal and to help others do the same. Since this seems to be a gift, it’s my duty to help others tap into their fun selves. I’m not talking about being a goofball necessarily, but a genuine ball of light.

Somewhere it was taught to us to ‘behave’ in business. If you are naturally a serious person then this may be the way for you. But how many of you out there were crazy at one time or another and have ‘straightened up’ for the sake of being professional or worst yet, ‘appropriate’?

I know I will get some comments from those who do believe in being serious when it comes to business and I guess a Funeral Director should. But hey, didn’t you used to laugh more? Play more? Sing more? Why can’t you implement more play into your workday? Could that change the way you feel? Think? Perform?

When I was a Realtor, I perceived the Realtors in my area as straight-laced and serious. I was often intimidated by them and thought I would never succeed because I wasn’t like them. Then one day my broker turned the music up in her office, came back to our work area and began dancing with all of us. I was so relieved that she was being human and playful. I changed that very day and was no longer cautious or quiet. I began to play while I worked. It was a life-saver.

Don’t get me wrong, I know when it’s time to be serious. I know there are certain times to ‘behave’. But the other times, well, that’s MY time to let go.

I have to tell you, just writing about this topic has me feel more bouncy and authentic. I write blogs all the time, and some convey my sense of humor. Those seem to be the ones that get the most attention.

I think this world, especially during these times, could use more joy and laughter. Are you someone who can raise the bar in that area?

Some of you are already tapped into your ‘crazy’. Congratulations! It sets you apart and certainly lightens up the room. Others, well, not so much. So, I put together a few suggestions to help you when you think you are being too somber.

  1. Decide – Yes, deciding that you want to bring crazy back is probably a good first step. Once you make that connection, you will begin to find ways to do this. Maybe you can create a mantra or declaration that would help – ‘Today is the day I bring my crazy back!’
  2. Honor Your Own Level of Crazy – Yes, crazy may be a hard word to swallow, maybe you don’t really WANT to be crazy. Maybe I should have called this ‘tapping into your full self-expression’, but then I think you would have held back a little. I want you to BURST. With that said, on a scale from 1-10 where are you now and where would you like to be? That will give you a good idea of where to begin.
  3. Dress or move differently – Do your best to shift completely into the new fun-loving you. That would include possibly dressing with a lighter touch or walking with a little more bounce in your step. Sometimes doing this first will allow for the ideas to flow and the changes happen more easily.
  4. Create your list – It doesn’t have to be a real list, but, begin taking mental notes of what bringing crazy back into your life would look and feel like. Do you see someone who enjoys their day more than most? What do they do that you can do. Would you like to play more music, sing, dance, have contests, parties, create fun things for you and your clients? If you notice something that appeals to you and you feel a bit scared, take a look at it, that may very well be the thing that will take you over the bridge.
  5. Start slow – Don’t scare those around you by making drastic changes – they may not recognize you. Don’t force yourself to do anything that feels too uncomfortable. A little discomfort is OK though. Start out with a few moments a day where you make yourself laugh a little. Then build upon that.
  6. Tap into your past – We all have those memories where we were a bit wild, playful and daring. Often we say ‘those were the days’. You know, those don’t have to be the days, today can be the day – The day you create something better. Try this, bring some of your past craziness forward to meet the present you and design how you want them to blend. Marry the two and recreate your future.
  7. Help others do the same – You must know other people who may be too business-like. Check in with them and see if they could use a little lightening up as well. It’s possible they’ve been hoping for a break in seriousness and you may have a partner in crime! You may even consider starting a group of contemporaries, where you can do fun, non-business events together.

The old cliché, life is too short comes into ‘play’ here. How do you want to spend your days or years in business? Don’t wait for retirement, until business is better or something else. Crack yourself open today and see what’s inside! Then call me. I’d love to meet the new you!

If this message resonated with you, I’m glad. If you feel stimulated by it, even better. If it motivates you to take action, then I applaud you for being daring.

 

Fran Asaro is a Virtual Partner supporting entrepreneurs who don’t want to do it all alone

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28 comments

  1. Hello Fran. You’re spot on. One of my three words for 2017 was ‘laugh’. I wasn’t laughing enough and needed to laugh more. I left my corporate career because I couldn’t take things seriously. In fact, much of it was crazy and I was the sane one. However, it is more of a challenge to get on, especially among very serious people, but life is just too short to not laugh! Robert

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    • Oh Robert. I’m so happy you tapped into your laughter. You’re not the only one who benefits from it. We all do. Thank you for commenting.

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  2. Nice post! 🙂 I’m different, I always was and my uninhibited, loud laughter turns heads on the bus, in the coffee shop or at yoga class. I’m also very deep and serious, there is no contradiction. It’s me!

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    • I love your article. I just tweeted it. Yes. Laughter is the staff of life. My best friend is a nerd/physicist. I’m so glad he also has an amazing sense of humor. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. WOW, this is me! I can be serious at work but also crazy! Hubby and I own an interior dec business and while Rich is full time serious, I love adding a bit of humor along the way. I also think our customers like this, it relaxes them and we have a grand old time chatting while working on their order.

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  4. You are so much fun to be around, this is truly authentic.Your smile is the first thing someone sees when you greet them. I’m one of the more serious ones and seems like every time I let go, I’m looked at with surprise. A few weeks ago we were at an event at a friend’s home and I was acting silly, singing, sort of playfully taunting someone about losing a game and someone I’ve know for years looked at me and said, “I’ve never seen you like this.” My answer – You’ve only seen me in the same setting all these years,” Puzzles me why people feel the need to put you in a box with expected behavior.

    We need some CRAZY in our lives now and again. 🙂

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    • Oh Yvonne, I love that story. It’s so true. People tend to only see one aspect of us. I remember when my sister came to my Womens Groups. She has NO idea that I had all that in me. She loved seeing me in that light. Up till then I was just her baby sister. I want to be remembered for my joy and love more than anything else. Oh, and I want to see the CRAZY in you!

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  5. Most of my jobs have included working for family, mainly my mother. We are *very* rarely completely serious. Unless we were under a major deadline crunch (which did happen a few times), there were always moments of fun/levity/full-on laughter during our workdays.

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    • Jen, that’s so wonderful that you and your mother are able to do business with joy and fun. I am sure you and your customers both benefit tremendously. Thank you for being here!

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  6. I have my crazy moments when working, like singing and dancing to Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” or “You Give Love a Bad Name.” I LOL by myself while in front of my computer plus all sorts of stuff that my husband and kids put up with. The great thing is that I work at home! Thanks for this post, Fran!

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    • Oh Maria, this made me smile. Thank you. Because I too am a closet singer. I love to talk to myself AND answer myself followed by laughter. I can just imagine you doing the Bon Jovi thing and you’re family must love it.

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  7. Hi Fran, great post and motivating. I am a pretty serious person and have always been that way. I have spurts of spontinaity, but it usually gets me into trouble but I do not know the meaning of ‘moderation’. However, I have taken some of your tips like dressing differently and moving slow. When i go slow, it gives me time to evaluate my moves and make better choices. Thanks for your post (FB: Addie Cotoure)

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    • Hey there Addie, thank you so much for sharing that. We all have our level of crazy. Mine is not as crazy as the next one, but for me… I’m off the charts. LOL The thing is to stay authentic to your innate way of being. As I mentioned in my article, if you are serious and want to be, than that’s the way it should be. But if you have crazy in you and you’re suppressing it, then I was hoping those would be inspired to take action. Take Care Addie.

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  8. I feel the same way you do about this. I just recently started telling people when you work from home it’s extremely difficult to keep your personal life and business life separate and people were always saying that your business page had to be professional with a professional looking picture but I say no it needs to reflect your personality and being too professional can scare away people who are looking for that laid back feeling so thank you for posting this.

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    • I agree Mary, I love sharing from the heart. Even my blogs are just like I speak. I could write more professionally and have a more professional looking brand, but then, isn’t this the way I want to do business? As the person I truly am? I appreciate your comments. Thank you.

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