I have been working on my idea of the “Herd Mentality”. This thought is that most humans move together in what they do and how they act based on the Herd, everyone else around them. I believe this to be true because I see it every day. Every where we go there are a plethora of examples.
I was in Costco with my son a few weeks ago and it was packed, the parking lot was full and there were people roaming the isles with overstuffed shopping carts full of items that they really need in mass quantity. I mean who really doesn’t need 4, 2 litre jugs of olive oil?
As we picked up the two items we came for we approached the check out area. It seemed like every line was 20 people deep. People were mumbling and grumbling. My son and I squeezed our way through the herd to the middle. There were three lines with only a couple of people in them. We were quickly at the cashier paying for our couple of items and were on the way.
Matthew turned to me, (please keep in mind he’s 9) and said. “Why is everyone lined up in the long lines and not the short ones?”
True wisdom from a child! You can’t deny the obvious question. Here’s the thing, it doesn’t take much of a shift for us to get ahead of the crowd. To move away from the herd. Once we did we were successful in getting out of Costco and on our way to much more fun then waiting in line for 30 minutes. If you apply that same idea to life you will find that it doesn’t have to a massive chage in thinking, your actions, your habits to take you to the next level.
So next time you are feeling like you’re part of a herd trying MOOOOOOving to the left or right and see if you can’t free yourself up a little.