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Layering of our thoughts

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Ali Anani, PhD


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The Golden Circle of asking questions is well-known. This circle consists of asking three basic questions. These are why, how and what with why being the core of the circle.

I extended the golden circle to before to include its reverse by making what the core value here and here.

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As simple as the golden circle is it provides us with the opportunity to extend its use to areas where our focus is on three issues such as the layering of persona (the masks we put on our faces to the world), the ego and the shadow. Similarly, which is the layering of vision, mission and purpose? Is their layering important? How changing the layering would change our thinking?

Asking the above questions is important not only for businesses, but for every individual as well. We peel the onion to reach its core like we peel the onion of the golden circle to reach its core.

Every human is affected by his past and the shadow it performs. Every human is interested in finding how to enjoy the present and the perceptions to the future vary between pessimism and optimism. The shadow is the dark side of us and it reveals why some people are steered by the shadow of their past rather than the present of their ego.

Every business with some history backdrop is also affected by its past, present ego and the persona it likes to show to its customers. We see the commonalities among individuals and businesses.

Why are we doing what we are doing? Is it because our past shadowing us or our present that shapes our ego or is it the persona that we put so that we may continue in the future even though we may lose our authenticity in the process?

It is not just living the past or forgetting about it as many writers advise. Our past maybe shadowing us and shaping our view to the world. This is different from somebody or a business that forgets about their present and pulling out the roots of the past.

You write a story. Where do you begin with the why and end with the what or vice versa. Let me explain by example.

A man was well-known for his enmity for women. Is it the present time and what he witnesses that is shaping his belief or was it an unforgettable incident that he suffered from as a child? If we start with the why we may discover that this man saw with his naked eyes his mother cheating his father with a handsome man? We know that his past controls his beliefs which have been long-held. To overcome β€œlongtime owned belief” it makes a disruptive incident for him to go more in chaos first and then to organize himself as a man who may break the dormant seeds hiding in the back of his head.

The story of a business is similar. Is the business controlled by its successes in the past? Or, is it worried more about its β€œface” and how it looks to its customers? Or, is it the ego filling the business with pride that blinds it to the customers’ needs and wants because it is the β€œyou can choose any color as long as it is black”?

The continuity of the past, present and future or whether time is a discrete property differs. If the past is the event that we need to leave out from our conducts then why is it hiding in dark chamber inside us? If time is continuous then we need to know why is it affecting us, how can we reduce its effect? What to do to make the past the continuity to the future?

When we extend the golden circle to time its value expands. Just consider these questions”

Β· Is it the past customers, the present one or the future ones?

Β· What do we learn from the past customers to extend to the present and future?

Β· Is it the past history of the hero of our story, or is it his present beliefs or future aspirations?

Β· If the answer is the past do we start by what, how or why? Same if we see time as discrete or continuous ribbon and again we need to answer the three questions of the golden circle.

We say timing is the issue. My question is it the past, the present or the future? Whatever you answer me I shall ask why, how and what? Or, better to reverse them?

To conclude we need to ask the three question of the golden circle and extends them to time to reveal what time is it that is controlling our lives and businesses. Combining the two may reveal many hidden secrets.

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Β· If your past is its patterns are holding a person or a business alike how do they hope to make the present and influence the future?

Β· If the present and its continuity is holding you how are you affected by the past and how will you may acts that may influence the future? Why and for what?

Β· Is the present the balance between the past and future- then what happens if we are drawn to one extreme opposite?

We need to answer simple questions because the past, the present and the future are interacting and don’t work in isolation as discrete events

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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #30

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Congrats my dear Professor ;~)

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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #26

John Rylance Rich are your words John: "Our lifetime is a continuum of time, in which our lifespan has three parts: our past which increases in time-span, our future which has an unknown timescale. We know how long our past is, but never the extent of our future. The present is the stepping stones between past and present" I have tucked this away in my "pearl-holder" for future reference Your wisdom is being revealed ;~)

Fay Vietmeier I am happy that my revealing what I discovered only tonight touches your heart. Yes, it is from heart-to-heart.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #24

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee How precious are your words my dear Professor ;~) That is probably one of the most seeing & beautiful compliments I have received in my life .. now written on my heart ... ... to be seen in such a way truly is a gift ;~) Fully received by this "poetic spirit" ... "heart-to-heart"

Fay Vietmeier Dear Fay- I always felt I am missing something about your comments. Reading this one by you I think I found the missing pearl. It is your poetic spirit mixed with the spiritual one. The blend is "wonderful and fearful. Wonderful because it is. Fearful for I don't have either your spirituality and poetic soul. I wonder how these two interact inside you. Believe me this is an incredible not mixing; more it is fusion of the two that make your comments different and on a path of their own. The poetic spirit you are merits my applaude.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #22

Mohammed Abdul Jawad Very "insight-full" what you say: ... "we ought to check what we have missed, gained and left incomplete in the past. Recalling our past, we have to set aright our present, and in that manner our future will be worth and remarkable." "Set straight our present" Makes me think: "get right with God"

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #21

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Yes my dear Professor "how we understand information" And How we do NOT understand ;~) we are indeed: "fearfully & wonderfully made" People love the "wonderful" part The "fearful" part reveals much about human nature ;~) Impacts our ability to see AND perceive ... HERE is "understanding"

Mohammed Abdul Jawad I ell in love with your commanding comment. The past is gone,but not its varied experiences and lessons. Forgetting the past is forgetting the experience and lessons gained. I am not ready to drop them, I fully concur with your comment.

Mohammed Abdul Jawad

1 year ago #19

Does it make sense for us to leave the past in oblivion and get fully dynamic and passionate to chisel our present states? Every passing year is a link in continuity of our temporal lives, our worldly ordeals, and we ought to check what we have missed, gained and left incomplete in the past. Recalling our past, we have to set aright our present, and in that manner our future will be worth and remarkable.

I appreciate greatly your reshare of the post dear Mohammed Abdul Jawad

Thank you my friend Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest for your re-share. Greatly appreciated

Fay Vietmeier Oh dear you read my mind. I am going to cover this question in a great detail in a lengthy post with many illustration in my next post dear. The information might be the same for two people, but their understanding and acceptance of it are not. I collected more than twelve biases and paradoxes on how we distort/interpret/communicate.react to the same information, I discuss group think and decision-making based of how we understand information. Humans are amazing.

Oh dear I forgot to thank you dear Fay Vietmeier for your reshare of the post. Million thanks dear.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #14

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I think these are "pearls" my dear Professor '~) My question is what is in the vessel? What are the sources of these information?

Jerry Fletcher I thank you for your perception and thoughts on time. I don't think there is a general understanding of it and how we are affected by the past. For me I know that some past failures were the triggers for me to accept future challenges. I am in my present because of what happened to me in the past and the experiences I learnt from them The "Time System" has no definite boundary. WE know the past as of this present moment and their boundaries, but the future when will it end? Nobody knows and so the future boundary is known. Normally when we study systems and the surrounding environment we know within defined boundaries what to study and research. But if the boundary is unlimited or unknown then which system are we studying and what are its environment?

Dear Fay Vietmeier The E and E Lady! Yes, this is your new title meaning Encouragement and Elevation. Your comment is the inspiration. I am glad that you covered my thoughts with a spirituality layer. Blessed you are

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #11

Dr. Ali, recently because of the pandemic I have bee rereading a shelf of Robert Heinlein books. One short story deals with a Dr. Pinero who has developed a machine capable of predicting the time of ones' death. He is hooted down by and academic society all saying that time is a single stream flowing from past to future and that events on that time line cannot be predicted. Every statistically valid demonstration I've ever seen show that past events do not make the future predictable. And so it is, I believe, for intent to control the future. Intent may control hope but it cannot have any bearing on events in reaility. And so it goes.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #10

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee W.O.W & M.O.M. ;~) Simple ... but complex Excellent post my dear Professor ;~) which I proudly share ... Though provoking ... I loved the reference to peeling the onion ... as stated in my poem "Human-Onions" ... that is what we are ... drives home the point of the "layering of persona" "reaching the core" is a great adventure and a great challenge ;~) As often happens (for me) ... I find RICH application for this in the spiritual realm ... the layering of vision, mission and purpose ... my "pearl-holder" folder is blossoming ;~) As a "queen of questions" this is very affirming ;~) and rich in thought

John Rylance I agree and I have to be more attentive to saying I agree as I shall discuss in my next post next Monday). Yes, time is a system with unknown boundary for the future is unknown.. There are many more comments on this post on LinkedIn. Some comments are in line with yours.

John Rylance

1 year ago #8

Our lifetime is a continuum of time, in which our lifespan has three parts our past which increases in timespan, our future which has an unknown timescale. We know how long our past is, but never the extent of our future. The present is the stepping stones between past and present

Chris \ud83d\udc1d Guest Thank you for such an elaboration on time. This comment is sensible and summarizes reality. I want to alert you to my next post and evaluation of comments. It shall make surprises for you I promise my dear friend.

Dear friend Edward Lewellen I had to read your comment few times to absorb its depth. hat goes in results what comes out. Our sources of information vary from observation, sensing, probing, reading or whatever. These collected information feed the mind. So, whatever the mind processes is based on the fed information. Like chemical reactions in a vessel the outcome is what is outcome of the reacting ingredients in the vessel. I don't have your knowledge in neuroscience and what cooks in the vessel of our brain. I wonder in what form the limiting beliefs of our unconsciousness feed the brain. I certainly enjoyed your explanation of how our brains analyze information.My question is what is in the vessel? What are the sources of these information? I don't know for any degree of certainty, and I depend on your informing me. This is why it took me time to respond to your comment my friend. This comment propels me to go in a new discovery journey, and i am therefore thankful to you. You answered me in part in your last paragraph, but I am still hungry for more.

This is an excellent and applied example of how to use the golden circle. Thank you John Rylance for this wonderful comment

John Rylance

1 year ago #4

Past Reputation is important Why? it's the building blocks of which the business was built. How does it help the Present? It convinces existing customers to stay and gives confidence to new clients. So continuing to build up the reputation. What do I need to ensure Future reputation? Listen to customers, adapt to meet changing times, never forget those customer on whose needs you built your reputation.

Thank you Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris I would love to read in more detail your thoughts whenever possible. Yes, great leaders know what to do and what to shift in due time. The comments that Harvey Lloyd wrote on my previous post (which are quite relevant to this post) is an elaboration of your quick thoughts here Zacharias.

, I would have commented too but I was outdoors when I read your post and thought it would be best to wait for the right time. Anyway, this reminds me of the talks of Simon Sinek ( where he describes his take on how leadership should be, particularly in larger organizations. Cheers!

Much thankful to you dears Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris for your re-share of the post

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