Stuck in a Rut? Change your Five

You are good. Your career is going well. Family? The relationships are working. Everything is fine.

Except you want more. A stronger marriage. More meaningful success at work. A retirement account balance you could actually retire with.

But you are good and fine. And that’s the problem.

When Toyota’s production system became the corporate rage in the 80s and 90s, many companies jumped on board. Business was good, but maybe this Toyota idea could make it better. So a new director was hired to incorporate the JIT, Takt time, 5S, and Kaizen. Good to great, right?

Wrong. Later studies would find the Toyota Production System worked best when the company was broken, bankrupt, merging, or just starting. For the majority, JIT and Takt were only talking points…nothing significant had changed. When companies were “good”, there was not enough impetus (discontent, fear, etc.) to improve in any significant way.

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn

So if youre not bankrupt or broken, change your five. When you broaden your associations and identity groups, you artificially inject discontent into your present situation. The well-worn path in front of you will, seemingly overnight, transform to a high-walled rut.

And real change begins at the bottom of ruts.



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