Gaining A Different Perspective On Our Stuckness

Exploring stuckness with visual frameworks – by Dave Gray
Do you feel stuck? It might help to explore the variations and permutations of stuckness.

Visual frameworks are patterns to help you think creatively, reframe challenging situations, and imagine possible strategies and solutions. Think of a situation or challenge that’s on your mind right now, and click an image below.

Dave Gray, Visual Frameworks – A Language of Patterns

Dave Gray posted an introduction to his newly launched Visual Frameworks website and after perusing a lot of the illustrations, it has sparked a question about my own stuckness.

Am I stuck because I keep looking at the patterned pieces when I should be looking at the whole narrative of the bigger picture instead and then dropping in the pieces and seeing how they fit into it?

What I mean by this is that this stuckness I feel, caused by something unknown I’m trying to make known, is often an amalgamation of these patterns. So it feels like a fog, mess, pain map, puzzle, and maze all at the same time. But again, I’m wondering if this is happening because I’m too narrowly focused on each piece of it and I need to step back from it to gain a larger perspective of it.

For example, if I look at the bigger picture of my own life’s work, I would encapsulate the heart, head, and hands dimensions of it as follows.

Metaphorical Heart

The Adventure of Your Life. The Hero’s Journey. Life as an MMORPG.

Logical Head

Becoming who you truly are, rather than what society expects and programs you to be. Recoding your “self.” Vertical Development. Creativity. Social Innovation.

Practical Hands

No longer dependent upon someone else for work. You’re able to become independent by discovering your life’s work. You’re able to future-proof your self because you step beyond just trying to fit in to survive and thus start stepping out of your limited, conventional sense of self to thrive. The Future of Work.

By Nollind Whachell

Questing to translate Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey into The Player’s Handbook for The Adventure of Your Life, thus making vertical (leadership) development an accessible, epic framework for everyone.

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