Source: book entitled ‘Change is Good, You Go First’ by Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein; Chapter entitled ‘Forget for Success’:

‘Forget for Success’ is the title of a book written by Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura. In it, they say, “Our brains are like closets. Over time they are filled with things we no longer use – things that don’t fit. Every once in a while, they need to be cleaned out.”

How true it is! A big part of the change process is to be able to walk away from our beliefs and practices. But as we all know; old habits die hard. In fact, bestselling business author Peter Drucker said: “It’s easier for companies to come up with new ideas than to let go of old ones.”

Harvey and Ventura had this to say about the cerebral baggage that weighs us down during change: ‘Our baggage includes everything from once valid beliefs and practices that have outlived their usefulness to misinformation and misconceptions that we’ve accepted (and even embraced) without much examination or thought.’

Why care about this ‘baggage? Because it negatively impacts us, the people we work with, the environment we work in, and the results we get. Simply stated, whatever we accept and believe determines how we behave… and how we behave determines what we achieve (or don’t achieve).

Regardless of our good intentions, we’re all susceptible to flawed thinking that eventually leads to flawed results. But if we dump this data from our memory banks, we free up space for more productive alternatives – we make room for the good stuff… ‘the right stuff’.