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What narrative are you telling yourself?

Imagine it’s the third quarter and you are behind goal.  Imagine you are way behind goal.  What would you be telling yourself?

storyA lot of us would throw in the towel.  We would fall into a mood of resignation.  And the likely story running through our heads, “Nothing that I or anyone else does will make a difference, so there is no point in trying.  I will never hit that goal.”

Now imagine if such a story permeated the minds of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI.  They were falling short of their goal – way short.  In fact, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were down 28 to 3.  By this time many people had turned the game off and went to bed.  Those that continued watching now heard commentators making final conclusions of a Patriots loss.  It seemed as if the game was over.

No one would have faulted the Patriots if they too became preoccupied with the score.  Even their most supportive fans likely resigned from the chance of a victory.  But the Patriots did not.  In case you missed it, Super Bowl LI went down in history.  The Patriots fought back from a 25-point deficit and ended their season as Super Bowl champs; they met their goal.

Just like the Super Bowl, our business has four quarters.  And just like the Super Bowl we find ourselves behind goal.  Do we resign from our effort or will we remain curious as to the numerous possibilities left to finish ahead of goal?

The story you are telling yourself will either hold you back or propel your forward.  If it is not working, then change the story.  Literally the narrative going on between your ears determines how you participate in the game.

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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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