One of the most pleasant experiences I've had in the corporate training/coaching side of my life has been working with Microchip Technology and its President Steve Sanghi (pictured here) and Vice President Mitch Little. Michael Neill
Wherever you see a result, beneath it is a perfect system for producing that result. If your result is that you always run out of cash flow at the end of the month, there is a system in place that's perfect for that outcome. All systems are perfect systems for the outcomes they produce. If you don't like an outcome, don't go after the person involved and make him wrong. Go after the system. See that it's perfect and then replace it.
Microchip's systems approach allows the mind to be an artist and a scientist simultaneously as it studies and unmasks the underlying perfect system for any repeated result. It shows you the underside of the weave.
See the breakthrough in this. All systems are perfect. If you don't like a certain result, simply replace the system. You don't have to make anybody wrong. You don't even have to make yourself wrong. Therefore you avoid the greatest impediments to a smooth-sailing life: negative emotions. Because they seep into the brain and ruin it. The brain is, normally functioning, a super wonderful human creativity device.
But pour emotions over it---guilty, angry, embarrassed, shameful, frightened and resentful emotions---and it ceases to function.
Ever experience those emotions when getting a result in life that you don't like? Yes, but only a hundred percent of the time! And what do these emotions do for you?
They put sugar in the gas tank. Sand in the mechanism. Oil in the water. Flies in the ointment, and more. Those negative feelings drop the mind down about five gears, so instead of gliding into high-creativity the mind is grinding in low recrimination.
(Now I'm down. I'm really down. How can you laugh when you know I'm down?)
What about living from paycheck to paycheck, always fearing the next catastrophe, never able to pay for anything big or thoughtful? That's actually a system.
I've coached public speakers (including myself in the not too distant past) who have simply accepted it that living from speech to speech, starting life over every month, is simply the nature of the business. Not if you see the system for what it is. Because that system can be replaced with a year-long project for those audience members that includes the speech and allows for monthly payments. Everyone wins.
Once you are seeing the system you are the artist stepping back from the canvas---a right brain activity that allows for a rather beautiful pattern recognition to occur.
My co-author and friend Sam Beckford urges all small businesses---especially coaches and speakers---to install ongoing automatic monthly income that---at the very least---covers ongoing monthly business expenses. There are many systems to use for that.
If you don't like a certain repeated outcome, replace the underlying perfect system with another.
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And now here's a picture of me with my new friend Abby at the home office of my old friend