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How to Escape Catch-22

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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?

Persistence, Patience & Belief…and Enjoy the Journey

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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

What’s Happening at reMODEL?

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Lorrie & James 20 years on, as always, are listening very closely to your wants and needs and have been very busy evolving our reMODEL business into something even more useful for you.

Those who know us, know that we understand manufacturing improvements and can make sense of market data and the global medical device industry.  You could say that we can identify WHAT to improve and WHY to do it.

The biggest problem with everybody, both corporations and individuals, is “HOW-TO” make the change happen.  This is where we have invested in order to provide you with answers, strategies and How-to´s you can implement immediately.

So you’ll see our emphasis changing from a numbers oriented outlook to a more personal development oriented one.  Personal Development is just a phrase for ‘Making Ourselves Better’.  A company is nothing more than its people, so the company cannot get better without its people getting better. Neither can your own life get better without bettering yourself.

You will see a number of new names for bits of this, although all are part of reMODEL International.  All are available now or very soon.

Lorrie A MacGilvray and Friends:

  • ‘Learning About Me’ events and vacation workshops
  • ‘Secret about Habits’ 5 module online training
  • ‘Thinking Into Results’ 12 lesson, 6 month coached online training

James La Trobe-Bateman:

  • reMODEL: Medical Device consultancy
  • ‘Provide Insights not just Analysis’ 5 module online training
  • Other online material to transfer to you the know how learnt over 20+ years

We look forward to seeing you again in 2017!

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