The simplest, most innocuous and hardest to implement gift from improv theatre. Let go. Let go of judging, yourself and others, and allow ideas to grow and evolve. Be surprised by where they, and you, end up.
Having just completed delivering some training in Open Space Technology I’m reminded how difficult this principle is to embrace, and how easy it is to do the opposite of letting go – taking control. It’s easy to fall into the trap of knowing best, being right and having the answer. Much harder to let go of all those judgements and be present to whatever emerges.
One thing that is becoming increasingly clear as I write about these gifts from improv theatre is the interconnectedness of them all. Looks like I’ll have lots of opportunities to practice letting go this week.