When I ask people this question, they chuckle and really take time to reflect. One respondent, a professional boxer, said, “The question stirs something in you.” For whatever reason, people don’t picture a rabbit in a hat. There is a moment of pause where people step back and visit an inner affair. From upward of fifty or so responses, people describe their magic moments as positive states of connection and courage.
For the boxer, it’s when he steps into the ring. For the office worker, it’s when she connects with a stranger. For the gay man, when he decides to come out of the closet. For a writer, when the pen touches the pad. For the entrepreneur, when she conquers the fear of public speaking. It’s those moments we feel alive and emotionally present.
More to come on the developments of this research.