What got you here..

.. won’t get you there.

4 years ago, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about the systems I was using to run my life. There weren’t any. I was a 4th year student in university and I realized that I’d better hop on the bandwagon and prepare for life as a “professional.” Many systems were adopted – planning the week, a daily accountability system to ensure I embedded basic habits like reading books, and a few email initiatives that helped me build discipline while ensuring positivity in my daily life. They worked well and I learnt a lot.

Now, the time has come for reflection again. The underlying principle here is simple – “What got you here won’t get you there.” Good systems can make us complacent to the point when we stop questioning if we can do things better. So, while the systems 4 years ago have resulted in some good habits, there have been a couple of big changes over the past few months, e.g. I graduated from my daily accountability system, and I stopped all the email initiatives in a bid to reflect and integrate. This reflection touches all parts of my life with the key questions being – What will be the themes for the next 4 years? How would I like to work/dress/do?

Whether we like it or not, change will come. We’re better off jumping on the bandwagon, asking ourselves questions, and making changes. In our own lives, we need to learn to behave less like complacent incumbents and more like scrappy start-ups. And, most importantly, we need to remind ourselves that what got us here won’t get us there.

At the very least, we owe it to ourselves to ask ourselves where “there” should be..