Clean Slate

It is not easy to look at anything with a clean slate.  In fact, we never really do. In everything we do, every thought we have sits on a foundation of past experience.  As much as this experience can be valuable, it can also limit what we can imagine and therefore, what we can strive for. Our past experience too often has taught us what cannot be done, what is “impossible” and too rarely how to set objectives beyond what we know.

The experiences of the past impact us in many ways.  We all already know that we have the ability to learn from the past, that we gain as we go forward, new knowledge.  What we often don’t realize is that much of that knowledge inures to convince us of what is NOT possible.  As human beings, we masterful at avoiding pain, and experiences of failure are generally accounted as pain.  When we register what has not worked as impossible we are protected from going down the same failing paths over and over.  The problem is that often the path to success is very close to the one that has failed in the past.  Great successes come with some risk and unless we can take that risk consciously, we the path to such success may be obscured.

We have all learned from our past experience what works and what doesn’t.  These lessons are recorded as Neuronal patterns, literally the pathways that neurons will default to travel make up our beliefs about who we are, what we can do, what is possible and what is not.  Unless we recognize these patterns for what they are, we will never be able to intentionally alter them.

And alter them we can.  But altering our sense of what’s possible is not an incidental or casual thing.  It requires something.  We must contend with our own limitations.  We must erase repeatedly the traces of those elements of past belief that bring limits on our view of the future.  It is a bit of a wrestling match.  Knowing full well that our past contains both power and limit, we must choose to cling to the unlimited eschew that which is not.  Only this way will we ever experience what we refer to as a clean slate. it will take real work to accomplish this much.

So, what if we actually create a vision for the future of our organization from the “clean slate” approach described above?  Now what? Counter intuitive as it may be, now that we have created from a place without limits it is time to bring in limits.  We are going to have to go from a wide open, clean slate view to a plan we can manage.  And management is all about limits, controls and measures.  See: Leadership and Management a Chassidic Perspective,

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