Unlocking creativity, shifting mindsets by Michael Roberto
Time travel into your future self
What would your future self want to see? Jeff Bezos and Amazon staff use ” time travel” frequently to stimulate innovative thinking about new products ane services.
Andy Jassy of AWS explains that developers do not begin writing software code for a new project until they have drafted a hypotetical press release for their new product offering. Of course these press releases are not actually published for months or years.
Process is described as working backwards.
How do you shift perspectives?
Recently, I conducted a 20 yr future self visualisation at a workshop. If you are interested, link can be accesssed here.
Some participants fell asleep. Some younger participants had a peek at themselves at 40 yrs old and assured that all will be well, yet chose to keep future a mystery to be discovered.
One of my clients, Patricia, who was in her fifties, visualised herself in her seventies.
She later shared that her mother in law was currently in her 90s. Alive but flat on bed. She was so weak that she cannot sit up on her own and needed help with her waste disposal. She was on many pain relieving medication. Not knowing how to read or write, her days were spent lying in bed watching television, most of the time with deep anger and bitterness. She had no religion to provide comfort nor to deceive her.
Patricia learnt from this activity that if she were to have an active lifestyle in her seventied, she needed to plan for the unexpected possibility that her days might be longer than we hope for. When we say “life is short”, and live with expectation that death comes swiftly, the irony with modern medicine is a long slow death in spirit, emotion and body.
It changed her perspective on the investments she planned to reskill and keep in touch with active age-rs.
What short term, long term, infinite term planning are we willing to put in?
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