“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein
How often do we start out to change our lives by using the same tools, same resources, same ideas, and same patterns as we did before we set out on the big change initiative?
In the world of coaching one of the goals is to provide tools to the client so that they can view their desires from a whole new approach. Finding a radically new question or thought that hadn’t been examined before can generate insight. The insight might generate some new goals for change, and perhaps new values (at least values that were present before). “Ah, yes!”, might be the words that run through the mind when a new approach to an old problem is revealed.
Wouldn’t it be great to greet an old problem with a new potential solution? Wouldn’t it be great if new patterns of behavior emerged that provided a new path to success, significance and joy?
For many, many people seeking meaning, seeking purpose and not just seeking but finding purpose, joy and meaning is core to life. Without joy, without meaning, and without purpose life has more moments of gray than white or black. Life is missing the intensity of both reward and understanding if we sit in a pool of gray.
It goes back to this idea, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”