INTRODUCTION

I have a two-part mission for you as you read this book.

First, I want you to foster and develop a new relationship with the status quo, the “old friend” who dependably provides you with the same results. Sometimes the status quo is a good thing, like for those who run nuclear power plants or manufacture food. We want safe, predictable results there. However, in many cases, the status quo is an unwelcome anchor to the past—a major inhibitor toward moving in new, positive directions. It is in these situations where I want you to develop a new relationship with the status quo.

Second, I want you to feel as if you are armed with new insights, new approaches, and better tools as you move forward, farther, faster in creating more satisfaction, better results, and higher levels of significance in your life and in your organization. I want you to feel powerful and motivated to change.

Why?

Because the pace and degree of change in the world shows no sign of slowing, and as a result, the “target” (survival, success, significance—whatever you’re looking for) is moving faster, higher, and farther out of reach.

It’s not that we don’t recognize the need for change (some of us are clueless, but not most). Many of us are working very hard at change. However, meeting and then getting ahead of the pace and degree of change is often unattainable because we have ineffective relationships with the status quo (in some cases, it borders on dysfunctional!), and our old, incremental approaches to change are letting us down.

To illustrate this dynamic, there’s a story I heard once about a man who was walking down a street and fell in a hole. Hours later, he managed to climb out. The next day, he walked down the same street and fell in the same hole. Again, hours later, he struggled out. The following day, he walked down the same street—stopped at the hole, looked at it, and fell in again. More hours passed, and he finally got out. The next day, he took a different street.

You’ve probably heard this story and thought it was about someone else. However, I see this story repeated and repeated and repeated. The status quo bias is incredibly difficult to overcome for most people. It isn’t until you decide that things will be different—a single decision, made by a single person—that the energy field associated with change is activated. Until then, the universe is giving you exactly what you’re desiring: sameness. You have created a well-oiled machine to give you exactly what you have.

Think about it: How do you feel when someone parks in your space at work (assuming, of course, that you don’t have reserved parking)? Observe yourself—just once—brushing your teeth. Most likely, you start in exactly the same place and brush the same number of strokes (give or take a very small number) each time. Do you sit in the same seat in the conference room for the weekly staff meeting? Eat at the same restaurants? Do you have your “Tuesday shirt” or “Wednesday blouse”?

We’re often stuck in the same, old approaches even as we recognize the world is moving forward. Quickly.

JUMP! is all about helping you move forward, farther, faster than you’d thought possible.

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