How to Escape Catch-22

by James La Trobe-Bateman on October 11, 2018

Are You Frightened Of Giving Up A Well Paid Job to Have a More Satisfying Life?

So, you’re a professional type working in a large corporation.  You are well qualified academically and have held jobs with increasing responsibilities.  Now you have a family, maybe kids at or about to go to college.  Plus you are paid well, good healthcare scheme, pension being funded well.  It all sounds very good: the envy of many, even. But…repeated downsizings, reorganisations and corporate ‘nonsense’ seem to be increasing demands on you whilst reducing your resources.  Do you want a promotion? But, do you really want to play the politics needed to get noticed? Are you really sure this job is what you are on this planet to do?

For many of you, the answers will be: ‘Maybe’, ‘No’ & ‘Probably not’.

But you’re stuck anyway.  Because the money every month is too good to let go.  Even if you are clear what your ‘dream life’ is. Even if you can see your dream life as eventually being more profitable in money terms. Plus, giving you freedom to do more of the things you don’t seem to have time for. Like, being with the family, teaching your kids to play football, taking long vacations.

It’s a Catch-22.  You’ve got to be crazy to leave such a job with all that it allows you to have.  But to stay means that you will find yourself under more pressure to do more.  In Joseph Heller’s book, ‘they’ kept raising the number of missions that bomber crews had to fly before they were sent home.  Sound familiar?

Catch-22 has got into our culture.  But most people are not aware that there is a way out. And the way out is not to do with the central character in the book, Yossarian.  Rather it is to do with his room mate, Orr.

There Is A Way Out of Catch 22

Wikipedia explains:

“Orr is a fictional character in the classic novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Orr is a World War II bomber pilot who shares a tent with his good friend, the protagonist of the novel, Yossarian. Described as “a warm-hearted, simple-minded gnome,” Orr is generally considered crazy. His most notable feature is repeatedly being shot down over water, but, until his final flight, always managing to survive along with his entire crew. On his final flight, perhaps two-thirds of the way through the novel, he is again shot down into the Mediterranean, and is lost at sea. Only in the last ten pages of the novel does Heller reveal that Orr’s crashes were part of an elaborate (and successful) plot to escape the war.

Orr is the only airman of the group to successfully get away by the end of the novel.”

So how do you ‘crash your plane safely’ in corporate life?

It’s about practicing something that your job does not ask you to do. It must be useful, actually vital, to take you to where you are going.  Orr practiced living in a survival dinghy, learning to fish and staying optimistic.  None of these were needed for his job, but were needed to get away safely.

So what might these things be for you?

Alcohol Makes You More Creative – says HBR

by James La Trobe-Bateman on September 11, 2018

The Next Big Leap in Productivity Improvement?

Was really intrigued by the article in the May-June 2018 Harvard Business Review describing the effect of a few drinks on people’s creativity.

I have long joked that the most creative marketing ideas come up in the bar after work.  But, it seems that there is some truth in this.

So why do I bring the matter up?

Well, it’s another thread in my hunch.  Which is that the next big leap in corporate productivity will not be a technology or organizational one, but rather a personal development one.

Now, before you get turned off by boring phrases like ‘corporate productivity’, ‘organisational’ or ‘personal development’, how about we call these ‘Shared Bonanza’, ‘People Going the Same Way’ and ‘Becoming More Aware’?  I’ll follow up about all these phrases later.  Meanwhile…

Creativity is the result of all this and creativity is what is desired.  The world constantly needs new things, new experiences and new ways of doing things.  These all have to be created.  It feels like the constraint to growth everywhere and yet is somehow doesn’t find its way on to the agenda at Strategic Reviews.  It’s either confined to the R&D folks or simply left to chance.

So having a few drinks may boost creativity.  I am not suggesting it as a panacea, but the thought gets you thinking.

P.s. The same HBR article mentions that ‘editing’ is best done sober, so this article wasn’t completed in one session!

Persistence, Patience & Belief…and Enjoy the Journey

by Lorrie on March 30, 2018

Every book, seminar and course on human potential or self-development tell you over and over the importance of having a goal to work towards. More importantly it must be the right goal. The right goal of course is one that YOU choose, not someone else and it is something YOU want to be, do or have. Something YOU can put your heart & soul into and have that burning desire to create and become reality.

Persistence, Patience & Belief in pursuing your goal are without question three of the most critical factors in achieving it. It is very important to remember that no one can tell you what the gestation period might be between the conception of the idea and the realisation of your goal.  Just know, if you stay true to yourself, your goals and your purpose, they will happen.

Thinking about some really big goals & dreams achieved, recently James and I visited the bell tower of Pisa-Italy that started construction in 1173 with completion in 1399.  That is 226 YEARS from start to completion, with nothing more than an idea, drawing plans, sheer determination and the will to do it.  Thinking about it even deeper.. that took several generations to complete and carried on someones idea who was no longer around.  A bit simpler sounding “idea”, the zipper, started as an idea in 1883.  Buttons were used to close a man’s trousers and to close a woman’s dress until 1913. What we see and use today and may seem like an easier achievement, still took 30 YEARS from idea to becoming a useful reality.

Always remember…Reaching your goal is important, though what is far more important is the personal growth you experience while pursuing your goal.   Have faith, believe in yourself, because everything you need is available to you and develop those all-important qualities of Persistence, Patience & Belief  which are essential in the realisation of your big, beautiful and most amazing goals & dreams.  One last important thing to remember is to always enjoy the journey along the way.

To YOUR Success..

Personal · Professional · Business

Lorrie A. MacGilvray, Co-Founder & Chairman – ReModel International

Living to Live

by Lorrie on February 20, 2018

61 and 65 years…  Age Goal…125 years

What is Your Age Goal and what are you doing today to get there? You have goals to buy a new car or house or computer or fancy new mobile phone.  You also set weight loss goals, as well as money and income goals… Why are we not starting with the most important goal and questions…How long do you want to live? And..What do you want to do productively with your life until then?

This year I turn sixty-two, James is sixty-five and we have only just begun.  What about you?…

We have done so many amazing as well as hugely challenging things over our lives up to now and we are only half way there. We continually ask ourselves, “What do we really really want?” The answer is always.. ”Every day, create better and grow, while helping others do the same”.

Most people are on a self-imposed paradigm meter of “living to die”. Imagine a parking meter ticking down… I´m born. I work for a period of time. I save money. I retire. I do a little bit of travel. I play with the grandchildren. I die.

Our life journey is about “living to live”, happy, healthy, productive, contributing, self-sustainable. Living Life From the Whole. That looks like a line that continually goes up until bloop..done.  That means continually doing better and better by the day, every day and only measuring against yourself.

It also means your mindset must start with the end in mind while being present in today living every day to the full and ReModelling Your multitude of autopilot Habits.  Meaning..if your age goal is 120 years you must start there asking yourself “How do I see myself at 120 years?”. “What am I doing?”, “Where am I living?”, “Who am I with?” Also asking yourself the same question and envisioning it for every 10 years going backward to today.

The goals you set for yourself must be so big they scare and excite you at the same time and you can’t wait to get out of bed every day to get started on the next steps toward them.

We just had sixty most amazing years and can´t wait for the next sixty!  How about you?…

To Your Success.

Personal · Professional · Business

Lorrie A. MacGilvray

A Holiday, A Retreat, An Experience, A New View on Life

by Lorrie on February 3, 2018

You can imagine a holiday on a sun-drenched island.  You can imagine a retreat to get away from ‘it all’ and look inside yourself for a while.  Now add experiences that open your mind.  Then add the ‘secret’ to changing your mind.  Start a process for bettering your life that you take away with you.

Exclusive Retreat on Island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands – SPAIN:

March 17-24, 2018

Details here.

Hard Thinking not Hard Work

by James La Trobe-Bateman on November 15, 2017

Falcon 9 leaves Cape Canaveral on Oct 11, 2017

I’m a great fan of Elon Musk.  His #10 rule for success is “Work super hard”.  And he’s not the only one who says this.  Many people say this.

And yet there are many of you who “work hard” but don’t feel that it is bringing success. So what’s the problem? How does hard work become success for Elon Musk but not for you?

Here’s a thought.

When you say ‘work hard’ don’t you really mean ‘work a lot’? Maybe we need to redefine what ‘hard’ means.  When you work a lot, it’s hard because you get tired, you have to concentrate for longer, you don’t see how life is going to get easier, you don’t have a rosy view of the future.  You are urged to keep slogging up that mountain. And then what? Then you die.  When you are faced with this view, it is no wonder that retirement looks like a great opportunity!

It’s not so much ‘hard’ as ‘lacking purpose’.

To get out of this way of thinking requires…thinking!

Thinking is what Elon Musk does to come up with his impressive goals. He said to himself that one day life on Earth will be obliterated by some catastrophe, so we should get on with living somewhere else (Mars).  He said to himself that almost all energy on Earth comes from the Sun, so cut out the middle man (fossil fuels) and harvest it directly.  Simple bits of logic that lead to a dramatically different view of what to do in life and provide purpose for everybody that works with him.

He is a natural for this.  Most of us aren’t, and that is why I say it is ‘hard’. But it is what we must do first to get the sense of purpose that will take the ‘hard’ out of the work we do to make it happen.

40 Days and 40 Nights

by Lorrie on May 3, 2017

James shares his insights about 40 days and 40 nights sabbatical…

Are you feeling stuck in your life uncertain where to from here? Do you feel like you need time to think, in the expectation of finding a new direction for yourself? Is there a bit of dissatisfaction going on in your life (personal, professional or business)?

Lorrie also shares a few ways to get to the bottom of the dissatisfaction

Wishing you a SPECTACULAR week ahead and look forward to hearing from you.
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