“. . . what you’ve always done, you’ll always be, what you’ve always been”. . .

Robert Quinn, in his book “Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within” illustrates this in a more “academic way:”


“In pursuing a task, we naturally follow our existing paradigms, scripts or frameworks.  These maps are the key to our past success.  The problem is that as we experience success, we change, and so does the world.  A map we have used in the past might be of limited value in new territory. In a new situation, if we cling to our old map, we might become deeply frustrated.  At such times, we often become trapped in the logic of task pursuit.”


I think it’s part of our human nature to figure out what works, and try and run with that.  As Quinn observers though, we need to be aware that things change, you change, situations change, the world changes, and what has always worked, might not be working for you NOW.

What about you? Are you using the same map in a new territory? Do you need to find a new map? How do you break out of that strong pull of “logic” that lures you to “do what you’ve always done”. . even if that doesn’t really work any more?

Stay tuned for some thoughts about how to find a new map!




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