The Art of Change: Big Picture Thinking
Here are some additional thoughts on the power of change. Perhaps the best way to get a handle on the new change paradigm is to think bigger! In fact, big picture thinking is the essence of the new paradigm. That’s because starting with the whole and then working your way to the particular is the most economical way of problem solving, and we’ve got a lot of problems needing to be solved.
Big picture thinking helps you to see that change happens more as a side effect than a direct effect of the choices people make. You know how this works:
- For want of a nail, a shoe is lost.
- For want of a shoe a horse is lost.
- For want of a horse, a soldier is lost.
- For want of a soldier, the battle is lost.
Waves of Change
Side effects set in motion waves of change that consistently surpass the imaginings of previous generations. The venerable saying still holds true: Feed a person a fish, and they eat a fish. Teach a person to fish, they fish until they catch one, and a now-well-fed child grows up to discover how fish oil cures disease.
As the paradigm shifts, the person who wants to ride the waves of change must learn to see them coming, must learn to see them cresting, and must learn the principles driving them in to shore.
Principles give us leverage, and with a big enough lever, you can move the world. The expression that ‘hindsight is 20/20,’ is true. Rather than dismissing your negative experiences, you can include them in the big picture of your life, because they too can give you informed perspective about what consistently works and doesn’t work.
And when the choices you make are based on the very laws of nature, then you gain the leverage of having the entire universe on your side. In this way, you can set waves of change in motion and know that they will touch the lives of others for generations to come.
Enjoy setting the waves of change in motion.
Change is inevitable, but progress is not. Discover how you make the difference.