Information on systems thinking and how to use the systems and habits approach to improvement.
When you start modifying your life using the systems and habits techniques I discuss, you will start to enter a strange space.
It will feel like you keep doing the same things and keep doing what you might not want to do but know you should do. At this point you will start to understand the value of consistency.
Most people look at events for most of their information. In systems thinking this means that they miss most of the important aspects of the systems and hone in on the most obvious manifestation of the system without even seeing the real system.
Peter Senge uses the concept of an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is the event portion. That is the visible part of the system. The majority of the iceberg lives under the water. In systems thinking this includes the patterns, structures and mental models.
If your cup is full, you can’t add more. No matter how much you want to can’t add to something that is already full, you can’t.
The same idea can be found with knowledge. If we feel we know it all, then we aren’t open to new concepts and we don’t challenge our beliefs. This stops us from learning.
When I graduated from college I entered the real world. I was hesitant as I spent my college days having fun, rather than preparing for the years after.
When I graduated I was looking for a way to avoid the normal path of finding a job related to my degree to start building my career. So I kept working my retail job and looked into graduate school.
When most people evaluate some aspect of their life or business, they usually clarify their opinion about that area. They work through it in their head and start to judge what is right and what is wrong.
They start to turn the situation into a series of black and white aspects. They start to split it apart in their mind to see what is good and what is bad.
When you set out on an improvement journey and you take the approach of applying continuous improvement, you have to realize that it will take time to see significant improvement. It won’t happen overnight.
Continuous improvement is the strategy where we make very small improvements that builds up over time to become something significant. They don’t start out with massive overhauls that suddenly bring accomplishments. They start small and are usually not noticeable for a while.
My whole career I have witnessed employees who are striving for more responsibility at work. They want promotions and career success and are working hard to achieve those.
This has given me a front-row seat to the strategies people use to get ahead. Some come in early and work late, hoping the extra hours they put in get the attention of leadership. Some take complete ownership of their area of responsibility. If they are a project manager they won’t let anyone else near their area – they own it and if you want access then you have to go through them.
I hate the phrase do what I say not what I do. The idea behind this common phrase is that we know the right thing to do but we don’t do it.
But this isn’t that helpful. There is a reason why the person isn’t following his or her own insight. If they know what they should do but can’t get around to doing it, then they don’t really know what to do.
When you look at your life and where you want to go, ask yourself what path you are on. Are you confidently moving forward, progressing towards your idea of success?
Or are you spending your time moving further and further from your goals all the while unsure of why you keep moving further away?
I’m currently reading the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. It is a great book that dives into the thinking, perspectives, motivation, tools, etc. of very successful individuals.
My favorite one so far is the one on Scott Adams. Adams is the author of the Dilbert cartoon.
We all follow routines and process in life. We all follow similar patterns. This could be how we go to sleep at night, how we wake up, the drive we take to work, the way we drive our car, the way we respond to criticism, the way we strive to succeed, the way we respond to obstacles etc. etc.
But most people never pay attention to these. They just take them all for granted and don’t realize how powerful these are.
There is a saying that we need to take the good with the bad. Sometimes that is reversed and we say to take the bad with the good. The idea is that we have to understand that there is good and bad in everything and we can’t always separate out the good from the bad.
This aligns perfectly with systems thinking. In systems thinking we break away from seeing simple linear relationships to see the full, complex system. We see the various elements and how they all interconnect and interrelate.
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