In business we often talk about shapes. Boxes and lines and filling vacuums. Drawing yourself inside or outside the box, stepping outside of the lines, and filling up space when there is space to fill.
And we've all heard the famous "We've come full circle."
These shapes describe simply and elegantly our framework for how we view the world. You're not left ruminating about what type of a person you are, or where you should stretch yourself, or where you feel most comfortable.
You're either inside the box or on the outside. You either fill the space or you don't.
Sometimes you're a square, sometimes you're not.
Shapes put a moratorium on thinking and analyzing and anxiety. They tell you quietly and directly what shape you should take next. Maybe your current shape is confining something another shape may enhance.
They motivate without being in your face. They're just shapes, after all.
Sometimes it's not intellectual discourse that you need, or analysis or feedback or lessons. Sometimes it takes a shape to help you see what you already know. A box or triangle or line that helps you come "full circle."