choose blue not red

13 life now open

There’s nothing quite like getting another chance.  Just when we thought we’d messed up so badly that we’d completely blown it.

We need to remember, though, that life is drama rather than theatre; it is unscripted, unfolding.  We can always write the next sweep of story.

The key is to go deep, kindly:

‘Focus on the real problem, not the first problem.’*

Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne write about the difference between red ocean and blue ocean strategies.  The red gets nasty when we engage in a small, competitive ocean of scarcity; this is theatre-thinking – we think we know how things work and what will happen.  The blue is about opening ourselves to the new possibilities no one else is thinking about or imagining – this is a dramatic story of who knows what will happen next.**

When it comes to the things we’ve got wrong, we think it’s going to be red ocean – getting bloody and very messy, so we avoid facing our wrongs and mistakes like the plague.

The blue way, however, promises that if we go deep, kindly, then we’ll see things differently, we’ll grow wiser, and we’ll find new possibilities because the universe can be about abundance we can share with others.

Our choice.

(*From Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit.)
(**From Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne’s Blue Ocean Strategy.)

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