At a workshop I ran this week, I began with the opening lines from Winnie the Pooh. I am sure you remember them. As Pooh is brought downstairs by Christopher Robin, head bumping on each step, he wonders if there is a better way to come down the stairs. He concludes that perhaps there isn’t. As adorable as he is, we know that Pooh bear is wrong.
This is a trap many of us fall in to. We get so conditioned into doing things in a certain way, we forget about the options that we have available to us to do something different. Sometimes the process you used to tackle a problem will work in other situations. Sometimes not. Just because a nutcracker is great for opening up walnuts, that doesn’t make it suitable for coconuts. If the way you are tackling the problem isn’t working, why do so many simply try again, in the hope that something will change?
Flexibility and adaptability are important It is a matter of stepping back from it all, and assessing whether there are other ways to manage the situation. Other ways to get you from where you are now to where you want to be. Even if something has worked well in the past, remain open to new ideas that are faster and more efficient. Be aware that someone, somewhere, has solved the problems you are facing right now. Tap into the universal resources, and perhaps your head won’t hurt so much…
When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you sometimes find that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
Winnie the Pooh (timeless)
Created by AA Milne (1882-1956)