We can’t rely on the old map, in a new territory. . .
But how do we know that our old map isn’t working? And how do we find a new map?
Last week I was putting together an IKEA chair. All was going well until I couldn’t get a long screw to “catch” the little bolt as it was supposed to. Time and time and time again I tried, It wasn’t working. My mom who was helping me suggested turning the bolt around. Bingo! It worked! I was caught in task pursuit, trying the same thing over, and over, and over again (to NO avail), I needed new eyes, and a new map.
Quinn, in Deep Change, suggests the following “prescriptions” for “breaking the logic of task pursuit.” These are reflective ways to find a new map.
- Listen carefully to what your heart and soul are telling you.
- Listen carefully to the directions (if I would have studied the IKEA directions just a bit more carefully, I would have know which way to put the bolt!)
- Listen carefully to the voices of wisdom in your life.
Try Reaching Back
- Thinking back to what has brought you joy, pain, purpose.
- Thinking to old hopes and dreams, what can those things tell you about your present?
- Reach back to old friendships and relationships, to those “who knew you when”, what advice and insight do they have for you know, given who you were?
Reexamine your Motives
- What is motivating you now? Safety? Security? Fear? Love?
- Do you need new motives? Does thinking about this make you defensive. Why?
- Have you original motives gotten out of alignment?
What ways or questions to you use when you find yourself using an old map, stuck in the “logic of task pursuit?
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