People ask me the same questions over and over so it seems reasonable to answer them here, for the record. I’ll do this in two parts. Part Two is here. –sc
Q. What is the Work the System method?
A. Per a simple change in mindset, it’s a fast and logical way to get control of one’s life. Life-control includes being able to create more freedom and money, and having the capacity to develop more enriching relationships. It also includes the ability to secure good health, both mental and physical.
Q. Will you be more specific?
A. Beyond the spiritual, each of us is made up of two components: The mechanical and the mental. The mechanical includes everything physical including the world around us and our own bodies. The mental includes our thinking process, our memories and our emotions. Opposite most self-help methodologies, the Work the System method is about first getting control of life’s mechanical components so they are producing the results we want. Think about it: If the mechanical parts are out of control, the mental parts will also be out of control. Yet, most people start searching for happiness and fulfillment in their heads, thinking their mental gyrations (that too-often include drugs, counseling, endless higher education efforts, etc) will somehow cause their mechanical worlds to straighten out. That’s backwards. Let’s do the reverse and fix our mechanical worlds first, with an emphasis on creating more personal time and making more money! Once mechanical components are properly directed and then begin to come under control (and it usually doesn’t take long), it’s infinitely easier to seize control of the mental/happiness components. It’s amazing what lots of money and free time can do for one’s outlook on life….
Q. How else is the WTS methodology different from the other “follow-these-ten-steps-to-success” self-help advice that’s out there?
A. The utter simplicity of it is unique. Also, the method involves discovering and then internalizing a quiet truth of how the world mechanically operates. This truth applies to every aspect of life, but most people don’t see it. The method is contrary to the typical expert’s advice that recommends one apply new life-techniques that will replace whatever techniques are currently being used. The WTS methodology goes deeper, providing a more accurate way of perceiving the world. From this new “systems” perception evolve new actions that decrease chaos and increase life-control. Speaking literally and figuratively, once the innards of the machine are understood, it can be easily fixed, streamlined and then maximized.
Q. How do I “get” the systems mindset methodology?
A. By first dropping preconceived notions of how you think the world around you works! Then, with an open mind and no expectations, simply look around and observe the systems that surround you. You’ll see your world is a vast collection of these linear processes, the majority of which work just fine. This “deeper” vision is the change in perspective. Here’s the crux of it: Once you can see the systems of your world, it’s an easy matter to adjust their internal workings so they produce the results you desire. In a competitive world, this offers a huge advantage over those who spend their lives juggling the not-so-perfect products of invisible and therefore unmanaged systems.
Getting the systems mindset is a nearly psychedelic awakening that most often arrives at a specific point in time. You’ll never forget the moment and you’ll never go back to the old way of seeing things. As for me, it hit me ten years ago and ever since I’ve been going through every moment of every day adjusting the systems that I have the power to adjust, and observing in wonder (or horror!) the ones I can’t do anything about. My book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less is the story of how I came about the systems mindset, along with my recommendations for how you can get there too.
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