An operating system is most often described as software that manages computer hardware and provides common services for computer programs.
It’s the platform upon which everything operates, the intelligent architecture that supports your computer’s basic functions and programs such as your calendar, all of your applications and your peripherals.
Operating systems such as Windows, iOS and Linux are well known to all of us.
Once installed, we forget about the operating system – it just runs in the background, directing EVERY function our computer performs. We take our OS for granted, and as long as we allow for the automatic updates, our operating system keeps up at the rate of change needed to keep our tech lives functioning.
Last year, our company adopted a business operating system, and it’s changing how we work, hold meetings, prioritize, focus and execute our work. It’s known as EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System. Candidly, I can’t imagine how we ran the company without it. How we used to work, while successful, seems primitive and so much less intentional.
Now, you can guess what’s next, right?
What operating system are we using to run our lives? Who programmed our operating system? Who designed it? How are update notifications initiated and installed?
We have all been programmed by our experiences, our structures, our genetics, our families and our relationships. Our beliefs, values and attitudes are the software that run our lives. Our behavior is the application that produces the outcomes that we call our life.
Three things to ponder:
1. Who programmed your operating system? If it’s working, thank them. If it’s not, we are all works in progress; time for a reboot.
2. How often do you update your LOS, your Life Operating System? Take a course, connect with a new person, challenge your assumptions, change a habit.
3. Don’t start from scratch. Study other LOSs, examine what other people’s operating systems are, learn from others whom you admire. Reading David Brooks’ The Road to Character was, for me, a study in how ordinary people became extraordinary and the programming they pursued to become the best version of themselves.
Every moment is a moment we can decide to update our software or make a change, and begin to reboot our life operating system.