Dilemma: How to embrace change?
To have a personal coach available to you 24 hours a day for free is possible! Take the GPS philosophy as your mentor. GPS can be used as a dashboard that gives you feedback in real time. GPS will teach you that your mistake is your new starting point. It encourages you not to look backward. Recalculating is such a fantastic word. Life is in front of you; keep moving!
Technology does shape our attitudes toward change. The GPS, for example, changed how we go from any point to another: we don’t use a map anymore; we just follow instructions. In fact these iterations with GPS also reshape our minds. Let’s explore how this happens.
KNOW WHERE YOU ARE
“Know where you are” is rule number one. You need to know your exact location. Think of the wisdom behind this simple statement. You may want to move, to go somewhere else, to change your life, but before taking action you need an assessment. It could be a damage assessment, or an evaluation of your resources, or your emotional, intellectual and physical state. You need to know where and who you are.
You want to get an MBA, but where are you in your life journey? How much do you know, what is your experience in business, what are your expectations, how many resources do you have right now? Recalculation in progress is the function of your personal GPS.
KNOW WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
Rule number two is: know where you want to go. You cannot just say “ I want to go to Quebec” – you need to know exactly where; which city, which state, which postal code. Make up your mind before you start moving, and always know your destination. In our mind, action is salvation and procrastination is a sin. But do not let that goad you into taking off before you’re ready.
How many times have you heard that the journey is the destination? We know that life is movement, so we always want to keep moving. Sometimes though, the GPS is slow, telling me that in 20 meters I should turn left when actually we are already at the street, so I keep going and miss it. I made a mistake. I should have turned left … maybe I was going to fast. Oops! This is where my GPS, despite her tone of voice, does not react as my mother. I don’t have to say I am sorry. She does not blame me. She does not even try to educate me; she simply suggests another way. The magic word is recalculating. In the globally connected present, your mistake is your new starting point.
NO BLAME GAME
Rule number three is: do not blame yourself or others. It is useless to say that you should have done this or that. What’s done is done, and the past no longer exists, so whatever you did is irrelevant. You now have a new starting point, which is the present, your new reality. The blame game is over; let’s keep moving. Of course most of us never really learn from experience and keep repeating the same mistakes, but it is a waste of time to blame yourself or others. The new GPS philosophy encourages us not to look backward. Life is in front of you; keep moving. Recalculating is such a fantastic word. Just make the next move.
You always know where you are, and the GPS tells you in advance what is going to be your next move so that you are prepared. Two hundred meters, a hundred meters, ten meters, now turn. Can you think about managing your money this way? What about your life, or your children’s education? It is like having a dashboard that gives you feedback in real time. Yet the most controversial and challenging element of this new philosophy is how it ends.
YOU HAVE ARRIVED
You have arrived at your destination … so the journey is over? I am not sure I like that; I am not sure I want to stop. I like to be on the road; I like to keep on moving. Now I realize that my first choice when I punched in my destination was in a way a sort of prediction of my future life. We should always be on the move to progress. Water never really stops flowing, and the moon is never really still. It is better to act as permanent adolescents, always in search of their identity: “I am 70, and I still don’t know what I am going to do when I grow up, because I never want to grow up.”
To have arrived is akin to being done, having finished, being dead. However you choose to look at it, it marks the end of the journey. Again for being in progress and feeling alive our journey should never end. Even more, we might need a new GPS – one that would allow us to program several journeys in a row, with some tentative trips. It would include a program which would tell you where your friends were and what possibilities you have to plan to visit. Instead of being told “you have arrived,” the GPS voice should tell you “your new destination is …”
The GPS philosophy is also a useful one for higher education. In truth, your learning experience should never stop; you should always be on the move, learning and growing.
Isn’t this a magic? Life is in front of you; keep moving.
— Marina Belskikh, founder of International Business Development Alliance