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Pattern Making

11 June 2011

Patterns are created in our childhood; the repetition of these patterns is what creates comfort, a sense of knowing. They are the basis of how we think, make choices and interact with people. In the case of enterprise, they can dictate what type of business you start. Without us paying attention to our patterns, we make the same type of choices over and over again. This is the reason we attract the same type of people and situations; patterns even influence the type of business we set up.

For example, we had a consultation with an ex analyst. He ran through the business he was setting up and mentioned how new it was in comparison to other things he had done, but he also mentioned that he had always had a varied career. We looked at his career: he started as a carpenter, then moved into analysing numbers and creating systems, then started a business creating a system for blue collar workers to find jobs. He had two patterns. The first is that he is inclined to do things that are long lasting; the second is that he likes creating systems. Even in carpentry you have to follow a system to successfully achieve a creation. What is important is to see when your patterns serve you. For example with the aforementioned entrepreneur, his intuition would be impeccable for strategic decisions. However, when it came to moving the business at a good pace, he would have to get rid of his patterns and move in a less structured and agile manner.

Observe what patterns you have created in life. If you are a problem solver, you are most likely the person friends turn to for help and you probably have created a service-based business.

Getting Rid Of Patterns.

  1. Observe where your patterns arise and what purpose they have served you.
  2. As soon as you see the patterned response, ask ‘Why?’ There will be a reason your brain is giving you that reaction, but ask how yourself, ‘Can I respond differently? Will a different response serve me better?’ If the answer is yes, then move to an un-patterned choice. It will feel uncomfortable as your brain is creating new pathways.
  3. Break pattern in your daily routine, so you are comfortable with seeing the world in a different perspective. Take a different route home, do an activity that you would never do, etc. Push your brain to do things that feel uncomfortable.