Building a Perceptual Bridge Between Your Old Identity & New

I just had a wild thought on how to visualize this shift between my identities, as I mentioned in my previous post.

Basically you could view Berkana’s Two Loops Model as a representation of what’s going on between your old sense of self and your new sense of Self as a transition between two differing systems of identity. And just like how it’s important to recognize “protectors” in the old world as helping to stabilize one side of the bridge to a new world, we need to do the same for ourselves.

Thus you want to thank and show your appreciation for your old sense of self in “protecting” you and getting you safely to where you are today because, in doing so, it actually helps you to stabilize a bridge to your newer sense of Self and where you want to go in the future.

It’s funny. I just stumbled across this older quote by Tiago Forte below and it perfectly encapsulates what I’m talking about here. It also perfectly describes the feeling of the “levelling up” process within vertical development as well, where it feels like you’re world is turned upside down and “inside out” because of the transformation of your worldview and your sense of self (which is why it feels so scary to step into a new sense of Self).

The difficulty in applying this concept to individual learning is that, in this case, you are the system. It’s a little disconcerting being accelerated, turned inside out, and then sucked into an alternate dimension where everything you were sure was true is wrong. Or worse, irrelevant.

Tiago Forte
The Throughput of Learning

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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