Last post we looked at how stale thought patterns can restrict your creativity and thus your success. Let me give you a simple but stark example of this…
Over the weekend I was helping the ratings committee in my softball team rate new players, to determine what division they should play in. We have them hit, field, bat and throw, assigning a numerical ratings to each, to determine their division.
Unfortunately the regulation fields we normally play on weren’t available, so we were doing the tryouts on a Little League field, which has smaller dimensions. There were five other members on the committee with me, and they were having trouble deciding the rating for one player. The reason: Because they thought his arm was stronger and he could throw father, but couldn’t tell, because the bases on the field are shorter.
So I did something very simple. I asked the first baseman to move back 15 feet behind the bag.
Pretty simple right? So why didn't anyone think of it? Because you always throw to the first baseman on the bag in a game and that created the thought paradigm we were thinking in. It’s a rule in a game, but the rules didn’t have to apply in this case. In this case, they were simply a limitation we were imposing on ourselves.
So that’s the analogy. What’s the lesson for you? What limiting thought paradigm have you imposed on yourself that simply doesn’t need to be there?