“No problem can be solved by the same kind of thinking that created it” (Einstein)
In my career as the CEO of an IT Company, I have found myself frequently reflecting on this idea. So often I see employees, customers, and my own things go in never resolving thinking loops.
Some common ones I see and experience look like –
Thought 1 – “I don’t have enough time to get everything done!”
Thought 2 – “I know! I’ll organize/get an app/read a book on productivity!”
Thought 3 – “Great, I organized/got an app/read a book!”
Thought 4 – “Oh no, tons of new work! I don’t have enough time to get everything done!”
Another one I see loop frequently –
Thought 1 – “We’re not making much of a profit!”
Thought 2 – “We need more clients!”
Thought 3 – “We got more clients, so now we need more staff!’
Thought 4 – “We’re not making much of a profit!”
Thought loops like this are pervasive, and while I often think I am working hard, in reality, I frequently find myself simply going in circles.
In my next post, I’m going to address some ways I’ve discovered for breaking these loops, and changing my thought processes.