The other evening I was discussing some changes I am making to my business model with my husband. I am currently making some quite hefty changes to my business as part of the ongoing plan of having a business that supports the Team Davies vision of our ideal life. My husband was offering his perspective on the new changes when our eight year old son piped in with:

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Why Creating Change is like playing with Lego

Why Creating Change is like playing with LegoThe other evening I was discussing some changes I am making to my business model with my husband.

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.

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  • Ali, I LOVE this blog post. And the Lego analogy is pluperfect. Every time I get stuck with the enormity of my current project, I literally write down every single little step, no matter how small, and then I just do the next right thing. And you’re right, it NEVER ends up looking like I had planned – it’s usually a lot better 🙂 I think I’ll go dig around for some Legos in my daughter’s closet and put them on my desk…thanks for a wonderful post! – Ann Vertel

  • Thanks Sue. My son often blows me away with his perspective on things. There is a lot to be learnt from kids if we talk and listen to them more.

  • Welcome to my blog Ann. So pleased you enjoyed the post.
    Can totally relate to what you are saying here as changing my business model sometimes feels huge and there is so much to learn – especially on the tecnology front. But when I let go of needing to know how everything will happen, it all becomes so much easier. Not to mention a whole load more fun!
    Love the idea of having the lego pieces on the desk. Off to rumage through my sons lego box and grab a few for my own desk.
    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Sue Mitchell

    Great post, Ali. The MLK quote is one of my favorites, and I love that your 8-year-old had such insight into the creative process!

  • I need a love button for this one. Thanks Ali!

  • Thank you Donna. So glad you liked it.

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  • Wow you have a wise son 🙂

  • Love the idea of using Lego pieces as a visual reminder to play and experiment. Think I’ll have a rummage in my son’s collection too! Also really like what you said about small steps Ann. That’s exactly what I’ve been teach my clients – baby steps can move mountains! Great post Ali 🙂

  • Thank you.

  • I have an image of us all now sat with lego on our desks. Great stuff.

    I totally agree with the baby steps things. Can make a huge overwhelming task feel more manageable so it easier to move forward and build momentum. Although every now and then, a great big leap is good too!!

    Thanks for dropping by Grace.

  • Lianne-carla Savage

    What a great little analogy. Thank you for sharing.

  • Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Lois Hoffman

    Your son is wise!

  • Thank you Lois. I believe we can learn so much from kids and their mindset that can benefit life, work and business.

  • Such a simple but pithy answer. Smart young one you’ve got there. I think this holds true in so many areas of life–thanks for this.

  • Walker, I agree. It totally translates into all areas of life, work, business and relationships.

  • The image of putting together Legos is a great one! Also key is an analysis with out excuses. I hear people blame the economy, people’s attention span,or various things that don’t help in making change because there will always be various things that can or can not become bumps in the road of change.

  • Liz Poulsen Applegate

    Whoa! Such a great analogy for so many areas of life. I love the idea of “you just get started” as adults we forget that very important piece of creating action of any kind.

  • Absolutely. I always recommend ditching excuses and blame. It makes a big difference.

  • Liz, just taking the first step breaks the inertia. Momentum is a powerful force so just keepnig taking small steps consistently and persistently is a great approach.