Give the gift of knowledge – to yourself!

“What people actually need is not some tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him/her.” – Viktor Frankl

xmas-giftIt’s well known that people tend to follow the well-worn paths of what they already know. We fear what is new. We resist change.  So we keep doing what we’ve always done.

In doing so we fail to integrate, apply, and generate new thinking.  There is no doubt that this stands to limit our intellectual curiosity and our capacity to grow.

One example of this comes from a research project by University of Virginia psychology professor Daniel Willingham.  His study showed that teachers improved during the first several years, but after that, their learning curve flatlined. They started doing what they had always done.  The conclusion, they fell into a “veteran comfort zone.”

Regardless of our profession, why limit ourselves to what we already know?  We are shielding ourselves from change and perceived disruption, when in fact we should embrace them as learning opportunities.  After all, we are far better off operating in perpetual learner mode.

The greatest value comes in what we will learn in our lives.  I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and acquire new knowledge.  Never underestimate your own abilities.  Recognize learning is not a destination but instead a life-long journey!

Might this be part of your New Year’s reflection?  The choice is yours.

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Working under the influence – a good thing?

WARNING: you have been working under the influence!

I am not referring to alcohol or controlled substances; I am talking about three internal processes that impact your performance most.

influenceTake a moment and reflect back on your past several days at work.  Now pinpoint a single event that was most challenging or frustrating – we all have one.  You first interpreted the experience that then created feelings which ultimately affected your decision to do (or not do) something.   You were under the influence of perception, emotion, and motivation. 

 According to the studies these three internal processes impact our performance most.  It stems out of the choices we make based on these internal forces – the choices we make!

No doubt, this is a lesson about personal responsibility and accountability.  It is about being answerable to achieving our responsibilities.  You hold the authority over these three internal processes.  This is as simple, or difficult, as deciding how your perceptions, emotions, and motivations will influence your overall mood, actions and performance.

The choice is yours.

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