There is potential in making a quality decision … is life asking you to make a strong decision about something? It can be large or small. What do you need to commit to? And what could happen if you became bold about it?
Penny and I are on a new, healthy eating plan, and it’s paying dividends. Even so, at times, there is a strong temptation to revert to past patterns we have known for a long time. My wife was having one of these temporary episodes last evening. (Believe me, I’ve had my own!)
But she said, “I need to read again about this new style of eating.” She was right. I once heard a leader say that whenever he loses some steam about a project he’s working on, he will sit down at a large desk or table and spread everything out — all of the plans and paperwork related to his project. Soon the fire returns.
We all know there are times we need to inspire ourselves. Or at least place ourselves in a position where we can be inspired by others.
If I want things to be different moving forward, I’ll need new Life-Maps.
I have to be authentic (and humble) to realize the maps I’m playing from in life do not perfectly represent the territory. By territory I mean not only the reality of where I am now, but the potential and destiny I’m meant to experience.
I’m in need of being a map creator.
We’re living from the maps of the life-scapes we routinely use. Maps change over time as we become more accurate. Take a look at Ptolemy’s world map from the 2nd century (15th-century reconstruction) …
Consider the area of relationships. We have entrenched patterns we have developed in how we relate to people. And also, the types of people we relate to.
These are deeply scripted patterns that tend to hold our relationships in the same level of orbit. It’s a gravitational field of sorts. Of course with relationships, this is vital because relationships affect most everything … our basic enjoyment of life and our personal and professional development.
If we keep operating from the same maps with our relationships, we’ll stay at the same level. We’ll have to venture forth and create new maps if we want a new relational life.
What could that look like? We improve our relational and conversational skills. How about developing our EQ quotient (emotional intelligence)? … empathy, understanding, communication, etc. We create healthy networking to meet new people.
What is our need? What is our opportunity? We can create new maps in various areas of life by poking, leaving, exploring and new map-creation.
Openness is in. It empowers and creates freedom. What can this mean for you and I? Don Tapscott gives us 4 principles that make up the new open world. This is the world we now live in. And I think we should say that’s a very good thing.
- Collaboration. Our organizations, companies, and governmental structures become more porous, open, and fluid.
- Transparency. Sunlight is always our friend. It’s vital that important information is seen.
- Sharing. This is the power of the commons. We release assets and intellectual rights. This causes everything to accelerate and rise.
- Empowerment. This happens through the distribution of knowledge and power.
Take in Tapscott’s talk below the jump. It’s more than interesting concepts. It’s already happening. But to engage conceptual thinking about what is happening, why it’s happening, and how it’s happening is very helpful to us.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!'”
– W.H. Murray, Scottish mountaineer and writer