There are increasing numbers of reasons to disrupt your life. Perhaps you're in a rut, or feel like you're on the wrong path? Or perhaps your career and life are being turned upside down by external disruption and change?
Whether it's internally or externally motivated, the idea of self-disruption can help you gain agency over your life. You don't have to feel trapped in your current choices and path, you can seek something different.
So, before you get lost down a mid-life crisis, existentialist crisis, or panic about the latest round of automation at work — be sure to bookmark this Playbook which will help you to disrupt, reinvent and chart out a new direction for your life and work.
Here's a quick spoiler alert before you dive into the detail of the models:
- Understand the seemingly contradictory inertia and temporary nature of your current life direction
- Establish what life you want to be living:
- Prioritise and break it down:
- Buffett's Two Lists
- DIvide and Conquer
- Hacks to help you along the journey:
- Regret Minimisation Framework
- GROW Coaching
- Temporal Landmarks
- Systems vs Goals
- Circle of Competence
- Learn the ideas and skills you need:
- Idea Sex
- Deliberate Practice
- Keep faith on your journey:
- Domino Effect
- Hero's Journey
- Creative Destruction
Dive in and be sure to click on each model for practical techniques and tips.
Begin your reinvention with some compassion for yourself, because there will be resistance. This model, traditionally used for understanding customer behaviour, can also explain the inertia you will face moving forward to create significant change in your life. Just switch out the words 'service' for 'life' and you get the idea.
I bet you didn't expect to see the Second Law of Thermodynamics here! It's a reminder that nothing is permanent. Your relationships, your career, are not constant — they require ongoing energy to maintain. You're spending energy to keep afloat, so why not use it to go in a different direction? And yes, embracing this might deepen your existential crisis, but crises can drive change.
What do you really want? What's really important to you? What life do you want to create? Surprisingly, this 'negative' emotion might help you map out the life you're yearning for. Member's can click into this model to download a canvas to help.
This model is easy to understand and crazy hard to live by. But it might help you assess your current life choices and identify what changes you want to make based on the check of 'what will get me out of bed in the morning?'
A huge part of living the life you want is saying no to the distractions and temptations around you. It's about real commitment and focus on what you want to achieve and who you want to be. When you're ready for such focus, try Buffet's brutal Two List cut off.
It's overwhelming to think of massive change in your life, so don't. Break it down, experiment, take small steps and move in the direction you want.
Sooner or later, you're likely to hit a big decision point. When you do, you might want to look at the model that Jeff Bezos used to give him the confidence to quit his day job and start a company that you might have heard of...
Once you know your goal and how you want to change, use this classic coaching model for a simple gap analysis on yourself. Yes, you can coach yourself to success, and this model will make it much easier.
Leverage your unconscious bias to create change, make it easier to embed new habits and mindsets by making the most of Temporal Landmarks to separate 'past you' from 'future you'. Click into the model for practical tips.
Huge goals can be motivating, but also intimidating and oppressive at times. Those are the times that you'll want to embrace systems — daily activities that are embedded in your process to move you in the right direction.
Just because you're going in a new direction, you don't have to jettison everything you know, are capable of, or have done. Use this model to consider your current competencies and to map out a gap analysis of what you'll need next.
On a similar theme as the Circle of Competence, consider your existing knowledge/ experience/ expertise. Then think about how you can add a new domain or idea from left field to reinvent your approach.
More than just new and divergent ideas, it's likely that your new path will require new skills. There are a lot of learning-inspired models on ModelThinkers, but this is the best for developing complex skills faster. Click into it for practical tips.
The hero's journey isn't just a way to understand hit movies and books, it's a way to frame and understand your life. This model is a reminder that you will face challenges, indeed those challenges will help you forge something new.
Don't let it be all or nothing. Remember that change can often happen slowly but consistently. Start trying to put those small dominos in place, you never know which one will lead to a chain reaction for major change.
Finally, this economic model describing how something new can be born from an existing system can be applied to your life. Think about the seeds you're creating in your current life and work, that might be grown and pursued to create your reinvention.