Chapter 19

A Better You

Carpenter_Systems_Comps_R6.inddWhat you propose is way different from how I see the world now, and I still don’t “get” the Systems Mindset. I really want to, though. But when I do, I can’t help but think I might slip back into my old mode of seeing things. How would I avoid that?

You won’t slip back because you’ll be a different person, a person who is adept at cultivating freedom, being creative, and adding value to others. Being that way feels good, and anyway, why would you want to go back to a life in which you have less control of things?

Acquiring the Systems Mindset is like getting a new pair of shoes and immediately discarding the old worn-out pair. Down the line, no matter how absentminded you might be, you won’t be wearing those old shoes again. They’re gone. And probably you won’t even remember what they looked like. It will be the same with your former world vision: It will be gone, and you’ll hardly think about it. The Systems Mindset will be your new pair of shoes.

In a very real sense, you will be a better person.

But also remember that despite the instant life improvement that occurs due to the adoption of the Systems Mindset, the adaptability of the human mind is always at the ready. For this reason, especially now, at the start, you must keep feeding yourself “good stuff” (and perhaps adopting a Systems Mindset analogy) while walking away from useless time-wasters and that which is destructive.