I am currently making some quite hefty changes to my business as part of our ongoing plan and commitment to having a business that fits around our family, our values and our vision of our ideal life.
My husband was offering his perspective on the new changes when our eight year old son piped in with:
“It is like playing with Lego isn’t it?”
We both stopped and looked at him.
“What do you mean?” I asked him.
He went on to say this:
“Well, if you are playing with Lego you don’t know what it will look like when it is finished. You just get started. You experiment. If you don’t like it you can take a few blocks off and try some different ones. You just use your imagination.”
His perspective offers a great insight into the mindset of creating change.
It is very easy to get stuck before we even start because we get attached to having to know every step of the way before we move forward.
But you can’t know every step before you start. The steps appear as you move forward and learn, experiment, see what works, see what doesn’t and try things out.
You have got to be willing to experiment with the unknown.
It is just like playing with Lego. Use your imagination. Create a vision of the outcome. Create an inital plan. Then just start. Do small bits at a time. Review progress regularly. Tweak, adapt or amend as you go. Be willing to take imperfect action.
“The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
You need to let go of having to know everything before you start if you wish to get unstuck and change something.
What you learn along the way will show you the next steps.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
So, the next time you feel stuck trying to make change happen, think of it as playing with Lego. That mindset could be the very thing that stops you staying stuck.