What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Happy 2019–Hope you all had a happy holidays and a great first week into the new year! I took some time during and after the holidays to not only rest and relax as well as catch up with family and friends, home life, but also take some time to plan and reflect over the last year and envision what it is I’d truly want to accomplish this coming year–basically set intention for the year ahead. What were best things you accomplished in 2018? What are some of the biggest takeaways you have from last year? What were the biggest challenges you had? What are some goals or intentions you have set for 2019?

I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot, especially after hearing it on @thefuturishere YouTube channel, researching it more and finding the book of the same title by Marshall Goldsmith. This quote also reminds me so much of the Albert Einstein quote, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Funny enough, reading up on Goldsmith and finding his coaching videos about “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” eventually led me through a rabbit hole which couldn’t be more fitting: Ayse Birsel’s book “Design the Life that you Love” and her New Year Manifesto, not to mention her Heroes exercise. What does this have to do with Albert Einstein’s quote about solving problems? I will leave you with this short excerpt from Birsel’s book: “‘Why Design?’ Design is about identifying and working within given constraints to arrive at new and better solutions. Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints: time, money, age, location, circumstances, etc. You cannot have everything. If you want more, you have to be creative about how to make what you need and what you want coexist. This requires design thinking.”

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