The tyrannosaur doesn’t obey set patterns

Had a movie afternoon with the kids the other weekend.

And being the only girl in the family, we ended up with Jurassic Park. Again.

(I know boys like dinosaurs, but seriously, this must be the 800th time…)

Anyhow, the scene where Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) is explaining Chaos Theory to Ellie reminded me of something:

MALCOLM: You see? The tyrannosaur doesn’t obey set patterns or park schedules. The essence of Chaos.

ELLIE: I’m still not clear on Chaos.

MALCOLM: It simply deals with unpredictability in complex systems. The shorthand is the Butterfly Effect. A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.

At which point, Ellie gestures with her hand to show that this has gone right over her head.

The lesson is that the small things you do today can lead to surprisingly big changes later on.

Every time you are faced with something that scares you and you do it anyway, you nudge yourself closer to the being the person you want to be.

You discover you can do things you thought you couldn’t.

You meet people you otherwise wouldn’t.

You create opportunities that you would otherwise miss.

Don’t underestimate how important the little things are.

For my clients, big changes start when they get in touch.

Heidi Woodgate

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