Blue Pill, Red Pill?

By now, many of us have faced up to the brutal reality of this situation and have done whatever we can to manage things to the best of our ability. So now what?

Broadly, there are two options:

  1. Waste the time and opportunity by consuming non-stop news, reading (even worse believing) what Karen on Facebook has to say about everything and generally slobbing out.
  2. Reinvent yourself, your business/career, your life.

If, like me, you choose the red pill then here are a few thoughts to get you started.

1. Natural Laws (Principles) will always prevail.

People might try to twist them to gain a temporary advantage but going against principles always results in eventual failure. Here are some key principles to keep in mind right now:

  • Individuals can choose what they want and are responsible for their choices.
  • You create your future twice – first in your imagination and then by your actions
  • To be highly effective you must lead an “Indivisible Life” – all dimensions are connected
  • Effective, long term relationships require mutual benefit
  • You prescribe much better following rigorous diagnosis
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Your output is limited by your capability

2. There are three constants in life: Principles, Options and Change.

Change is the scary/exciting one. We don’t know exactly what changes will take place nor their speed but for sure things will change, (make that everything will change other than principles). That’s why it makes sense to build your life on the foundation of principles.

When this situation concludes and we return to “normal” it won’t be normal as it was before. It will be a different, new normal. Chances are you’ll be different too. That should cause you to ask yourself, “what does my new normal look like?” or better, “what will my new normal look like?”

You have the option to create a new normal for yourself – this has always been the case, it’s not something new – read this extract from a book published in 1963, “Inventing the Future” by Nobel Prize Winner Dennis Gabor:

“We are still the masters of our fate. Rational thinking, even assisted by any conceivable electronic computers, cannot predict the future. All it can do is to map out the probability space as it appears at the present and which will be different tomorrow when one of the infinity of possible states will have materialised. Technological and social inventions are broadening this probability space all the time; it is now incomparably larger than it was before the industrial revolution—for good or for evil. The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented. It was man’s ability to invent which has made human society what it is. The mental processes of inventions are still mysterious. They are rational but not logical, that is to say, not deductive.”

3. It starts with Why.

Simon Sinek summarised this concept brilliantly in his book and talk:

What’s your Why?

For years I struggled to work out what mine was. I knew I had a creative dimension and that I was effective at communication but even though I have many happy memories of building a successful marketing agency it never made me feel complete. Through adversity, (we lost 80% of our clients in one day – long story for another time), I decided to reinvent myself and my business but first I found my Why (it’s to inspire people to fulfil their potential).

This is a great time to discover your Why.

Please, choose the red pill.

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