Everyday during lunch we sat in the teacher’s lounge with teachers trying to scuff down lunch during a 25 minute lunch break that always went by to soon. At this time, I was a school counselor intern so to most of them I was the invisible women.
In situations like this, there is always one wheels that squeaks louder than the others. And like a good little helper, I gave this one oil.
Throughout lunch she complained about the administrators, other teachers, students’ behaviors and their parents, and I just sat there listening. She talked, and talked, and talked. And at the end of her rant, I asked, “If you had a magic wand, how would your day be different?” And for the first time since meeting her, she was silent.
The Magic Wand Question
The magic wand question has infinite possibilities and allows you to think critically about what you desire.
Now this person had given little thought about how good her day could be because she was so focus on the negative. But the beauty of the magic wand question is that it allows you to dream big and freely. And by doing so, you are provided with the opportunity to visualize your circumstances in a more positive light.
Think deeply about this. What tasks are you doing differently on this magical day. How does your schedule look? How do you feel on this day? Take out a sheet of paper and write down anything that stands out to you.
Next look through the list and identify one change you can implement today. For example, if your magical day included you accomplishing every task on your to-do list. Maybe start the next day with a to-do list of 2-3 actionable tasks that can be completed.
This activity will allow you to take the actions to bring your magical day into reality.