The hardest part about change is letting go of the past. Yet, you have to release the old way to make room for new habits, routines, and ideas.
Are you a hoarder? Do you save stuff forever, refusing to let it go? Were you taught to take care of your stuff and protect and cherish it forever?
People hold onto things for three reasons:
- It has personal or sentimental value
- You may need it one day
- You don't want to deal with it right now
However, chances are, when (and if) you ever decide to pull it out and use it- it won't fit anymore, it will be out of date, the environment will have changed and it will be irrelevant.
Also, by saving it, you take up valuable emotional and physical real estate, which costs you energy and money. More so, by holding onto old stuff you can't make room for new stuff.
Having too much stuff makes you less adaptable. Consider that you could move to a better home or travel the world-but you have far too much stuff, and it's weighing you down.
Consume or stockpile?
Not surprisingly, your hoarding tendencies spill over into your work mindset.
Are you a consumer or a stockpiler? Do you use ideas and resources right away or do you hold onto them to save for later?
Now, relate this to adaptability at work. In uncertain times, people often guard their ideas, hoard them and hold onto them for later. Unable to let go, we cling to sentimental value, future value and the hassle of dealing with change right now.
Don't Hoard Your Legacy
When you spread your ideas around and stop protecting them, you free up valuable space in your brain. The ideas you covet are making you less adaptable. These ideas and resources don't really belong to you anyway, you can't take them with you and they form your legacy, so spread it around.
The world today is about consumption, which relates to real time value right now. Our mindset has to evolve from hoarding knowledge and ideas to spreading them around so they can be consumed and useful to others.
Younger professionals are much less likely to hang onto things, they don't want to hoard others ideas and call them their own. Instead, they have an appetite to use them up right away. The wisdom of older generations adds context and real value to their work.
Funny Motivational Speakers Speech about Letting Go of the Past, This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me!