Classically, the understanding of life, the unfolding of identity and creativity, the notion of growth and discovery were articulated through the metaphor of the journey.*
What if you saw opportunities instead of tasks? Chances instead of risks.**
I hope we have uncovered many possibilities for our lives as a result of walking through the five steps of Rohit Bhargava’s trends-spotting: gathering, aggregating, elevating, naming and proving.^
Nothing happens without us wanting it to and, so, yesterday, I reflected on how we can be the person who stands in the way of pursuing these new possibilities.
The temptation is to try and add new discoveries into our life as it is at the moment, to minimise the disruption. The five steps stand within a larger journey of transformation, though, requiring the following:
We need to see our lives as a story we can detach ourselves from. This helps us both to take a better look at the story we’ve been living and also to see how it can be replaced with another, better story.
Now we are able to see more of who we are and what we can do – the five steps making it possible to identify and take in new information from which a new and different story can be created.
This isn’t a head-only exercise and we’ll need to engage our feelings and emotions in order to identify with the things that matter and resonate with us most of all from what we’ve been discovering, to be able to embrace and accept these. There’ll also be difficult and even painful things to negotiate because denying these would be to deny ourselves.
There’s clearly a lot going on here and we’ll have to be very present if we are to see and understand and feel more clearly. We’ll be tempted to run to the comfort of the past or escape to dreams of the future, but our imaginations require us to be fully present and focused now.
We need to identify fully with our values and to join our discoveries with these – for not to do so would be akin to denying ourselves.
And we must commit to the expression of what we have discovered in playful, exploratory ways.
These steps allow us to take a journey from the centre of our old stories to the edge, and from the edge to step outside and look on these in a detached way. What is coming into being as we do this is a new story.