We are changing the world faster
than we can change ourselves,
and we are applying to the present
the habits of the past
The grand irony is that in learning something new, we have both accepted, and beaten, the challenge of the future. To learn something new, we have likely invested in an old, possibly outmoded, strategy. Each success under our belt, becomes a weight anchoring us to a particular way of doing things, even learning things. Each past achievement, a burden against future progress.
Play a game of chess against an opponent, and with each win based upon a favourite strategy, we become more vulnerable to a change in tactics. Winning in a proven way, is an obstacle to progress.
Our strength lies, not in past success, but in our ability to unshackle ourselves from both losing -and- winning strategies. The first is easy, the second rare. It requires flexibility, a keen sense of judgment and courage.
Flexibility – because a willingness to change, is a prerequisite of change.
Judgment – because knowing when to change, is an art, not a science.
Courage – because we could be wrong, and must accept risk in order to achieve success.
Nothing remains the same, not even the steps towards success.