Embracing Holistic Thinking

At first, holistic management is daunting. There is so much to learn, to put into words, to figure out how to get from where you are to where you want to be. In a conversation with a friend who is newly introduced to Holistic Management, but has had a life long affiliation with agriculture, we discussed how to just get started.

Getting started with Holistic Management is similar to this. Say you want to go on a vacation. You plan where you want to go, what you want to do when you get there, and how exactly you are going to get there. You have a back up plan in case there is a delayed flight, a road closure, or other unexpected issue. There is also a budget for the vacation, with a little wiggle room perhaps.

The most important part of getting started is have a place to start from, and that starting place would be your Holistic Context. This is the manual, the vision, of how exactly you want to live your life. It is a list of your values, scratched out on paper to be molded and shaped as you gain understanding of what you really want in time. Focusing too much on having “the perfect” context is counterproductive because time will change things. Coming up with your best version of a Holistic Context today is the most important thing. Just like you have a pretty good idea of where you want to go on vacation, your Holistic Context should be a pretty accurate description of how you want to live your life.

Having a context will guide you, but there are more tools to make sure that you actually reach your desired destination.  To Be Continued…

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