Mountains doesn’t move

Yup. I’m into weird titles.

In her book NLP at work Sue Knight mentioned Charles Handy’s book Waiting for the mountain to move. In it Charles Handy describes a traveler who, journeying around the world, came to the road and across this road was a mountain blocking the way. The traveler sat down and waited for the mountain to move.

She mentioned this story in the context of outcomes. Are your outcomes depended on external circumstances or internal circumstances.

If your outcomes depend on someone else they are not self-maintained. And if they are not self-maintained, you will be waiting for the mountain to move.

On the other end there are internal circumstances. Your outcomes depend on yourself. Thus they are self-maintained. If you find the mountain on the road, you will not wait for it move. You will find a way around it. Just like water. If it meets mountain, water won’t wait for it to move. It will keep flowing until it finds the way around.

My mind is totally cross-referencing stuff now.

Pretty much the same concept is in Edward De Bono’s book Water Logic. In it he describes two types of logic: Rock Logic and Water Logic.

Rock Logic is the traditional thinking. It is based on ‘is’ which leads to ‘truth’, ‘identity’, ‘contradiction’, and ‘logic’.

Water logic is based on ‘to’ the concept of ‘flow’. Flow leads to ‘stable loops’.

This brings us back to NLP. Problem thinking and Outcome thinking.

Keeping it with our mountain. When you are facing the mountain, what are you thinking?

Problem thinking is thinking about what you don’t want. You are imagining in your mind how things are today. That is, what you want to change, or even how you want to change it. This type of thinking leads to an ‘away from motivation’, in that you are motivated away from what you don’t want.

In outcome thinking you are imagining what you really want as if you have stepped forward in time and have gotten it. The motivation generated by this way of thinking is towards what you really want.

The last stop is Bruce Lee. Water was his philosophy of life. He found this epiphany at the age of 18. So young. He completely absorbed it. Never wavered from it. He understood the concept of flow. He found something extraordinary.

Though his learning wasn’t complete. The quote “Don’t think, feel” is contradictory. You see, apparently our subconscious mind doesn’t recognize negative concepts. So for this quote subconscious mind hears “Think, feel”. Two contradictory things. Confusion. Or is it?

I found a nice article for GrooveyD about Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. To succeed they combined Logic with Intuition. You can’t always rely on logic, thus you learn to trust your gut feeling. Both together do great things.

See? Bruce Lee still had room to grow. Nevertheless he was pretty awesome. I’m his age now, when he died. Crazy. I can’t compare his life with mine. Thinking like that will beat me to the pulp and more. Brr.

Fun fact: I hardcore refused to accept his philosophy of water. There is a strong want/need within me to have my own “original” things. Something I have made, created, thought of. Yeah, this part of my mind need some serious work. Anyway, I refused his water philosophy, because I wanted to find something of my own (maybe I refused because I didn’t want to be influenced by him too much). It’s a hamster wheel, kind of. All concepts flow around fluidity, flexibility, adaptability. Nature has taken care of it already. We just need to recognize and accept it. By refusing his philosophy I was feeding my ego. “We will find our own way. Like we’ve always done.” Yeah right.

Surprisingly, I am finding my own way to think about these same concepts. Still a little embryo though.


My thinking is full with errors and bugs. I wanted to say that it is really, really hard to find the thinking of this way, but many people already did it. Found it on their own. Expanded it.

It just proves once again that everyone has their own path. Mountain on the road or not. I think, up to now (ish), I’ve been trying to carve a path in the mountain with my hands. Which I could interpret as seeing the concept, but not understanding it fully.

Do I understand it now? I know that I understand it better than at the beginning of the year. At least I’m starting to recognize my own errors and bugs in my mind. I suppose that’s why I have this strong pull to re-organize it all. Clean and upgrade it.

At the same time it’s annoying. I already had many puzzle pieces within me. I couldn’t see them or understand their worth. Most likely I’m facing the same situation now. There are puzzle pieces, parts of the code I can’t see. Because I don’t know what to look for. A year later I’ll bite fingers for not seeing it.

I can easily see how differently I would’ve done things in the past. ‘Cause, you see, I’m smarter now. It just tells me that living in the past is not useful. It’s a great tool, to that I agree. And of course the past is interesting to read about.

We do the best we can with what we have.

Be water, my friend.