A Hero’s Return
This week I am at the ‘Espace du Possible’ a personal development summer camp in southwest France.
I’m running an experimental workshop on the the theme of ‘La Gnaque’ a French word which the dictionary tells me means having ‘Will, courage, energy, inner strength, obstinacy ‘.
Both the word and the values it embodies seem to be ignored in the French educational system and most French people don’t even know how to spell it.
This is in contrast to the Finns, who have given ‘Sisu’ the status of a national cultural trait. Sisu, the internet informs us, is ‘a Finnish word that cannot be translated properly into the English language, loosely translated to mean stoic determination, bravery, guts, resilience, perseverance and hardiness, expressing the historic self-identified Finnish national character.’
Here is my approach:
As you all know I prone a bio-systemic approach to personal performance and psychology and so I chose to kick off with a rising energy curve (http://youtu.be/gpFnNsbP02s) including ‘Amy Cuddy’ type power posing; the active physical focus equivalent to mindfulness. “Don’t fake it till you make it” Amy says “Fake it till you become it!”
I’ve included enhanced interpersonal contact skills training and have been pushing an understanding of the interaction of action and personal culture lifting motivation.
From a my ‘Gnaque’ point of view
When one leg of the tripod of a person’s perceived purpose: career, job or personal life, goes out of kilter the other two may be ignored and deemed worthless.
(“She has left me-nothing more matters” “I’ve lost my job – what the hell do you want me to do!” etc).
Very often functional depression sets in. All Gnaque is lost. The person continues to act in life wallowing in a general lack of purpose brought on by failure in one particular area.
To boost participants
I have been eliciting projects. Encouraging empathy through action using ‘design thinking’ exercises, and individualising success through the creation of new habit streams. Stimulating exchange.
Highly active with the associated joy and interactive punch leading through to calm reflection, focused construction and determination.
I’m thinking on my feet. Each day is new. Will I create personal project teams? Use ‘Business Model You’ templates? Extensive prototyping? Co-counselling techniques. NLP? T.A.? I won’t know until I do it. But when I do it’ll work. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s approach is central. In the end successfully applied gnaque leads to flow. I hope!