Are you running your personal operating system?

A number of years ago I found myself at the first meeting of the new year with my mastermind group. Given the nature of the group and the time of year, it seemed logical to set goals. Logical maybe, but it wasn’t happening for me.

I searched my thoughts and found myself without any compelling goals. I could have devised some, but they would have been made up, based on shoulds and oughtas and might-as-wells rather than on vision, service, or–dare I say?–fun. So I decided to invoke the power of the mastermind to protect me from mindless goal setting and keep me in the slipstream of reality.

The result was what one of my buddies christened OSMolly:

  • Show up.
  • Be present.
  • Listen.
  • Take the immediate next step.
  • Let go.
  • Enjoy.

I’ve been running OSMolly on and off for many years, and when I have it’s made life simpler and happier. OSMolly is kind. It is an organic way of living in reality free of the pressure of serial self improvement. Under OSMolly the way things are, including the way you are, is just fine; there’s no need to be more evolved or enlightened than you are right now.

What does OSMolly look like in business? It might look like referring clients that aren’t a perfect fit to another coach. It could mean circulating a job description for a new staff member even though you don’t know for certain that hiring a new person will work out. It might look like telling the truth when you don’t know what your next step will be. It most certainly  enjoying your self even when you make mistakes. (I’ve said that mistakes are the compost of future success. Well, my compost pile is quite imposing.)

OSMolly also means acting on insight and and letting go of the results. It can mean not beating your head against the wall trying to force inspiration but instead taking the afternoon to draw cartoons. It certainly means looking in the direction of your innate wellbeing and trusting that wisdom comes when you allow space for it.

OSMolly is not really mine. It has roots in the great wisdom traditions, and it’s stood the test of time. I’m inclined to think it’s our native operating system, the one we were all endowed with at birth.

As we move into a new year, I invite you to try it on. Make it your own. And let me know what shows up.
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5 Responses to Are you running your personal operating system?

  1. Perfect timing for this reminder. Might be time for an operating system upgrade over here. Big love to you for a great holiday and magnificent new year.

    • Molly says:

      The great things about upgrades is that they always happen at just the right time. The trick is to allow them the time they need. I get in trouble with computer OS upgrades when I try to make them fit existing circumstances!

  2. Mike Frizzell says:

    I find the holiday season is a time to reboot the operating system. Just giving time to let go for a while before starting the new year afresh. I think the main part of what you say above for me, is just taking the next step, no matter how small instead of letting the demons tell you that the next step may create a problem for you.

  3. Kara says:

    Thanks for this post. I was just ready to launch into my own personal “OMG I haven’t done goal setting for 2014/what are my goals/I have so much to do” anxiety rant – which doesn’t really help anyone, particularly me, which ostensibly it is supposed to be for.

    Your post is an excellent reminder that even though we can set plans, all we really have to do is plan to be fully in each moment, and act.

    Thanks. You saved me a lot of heartache. ;) Happy 2014!


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