Thursday, June 28, 2012

4 words that kill success

Want to be successful?  Who doesn't right?  Well don't use the phrase "I already know that".  These 4 words make up a phrase that I've been trying to get my children to stop using but until my husband brought this short article home from work, I didn't realize why it was so important for them not to say "I already know that".

As soon as you start to think you know everything, learning experts say your mind shuts down.  What happens, experts believe, is that an "ego-based mindset" makes it practically impossible for you to learn new things, grow your awareness, and achieve greater successes and breakthroughs.

You live in a world of constant change. Speed of change, the globalization of the work environment, and increased use of technology impact the flow of information used by organizations.

Individuals, too, are feeling the impact of these trends and finding it harder to keep up with the new demands in the workplace.  They are finding their approaches to doing anything can become quickly outdated and their knowledge they acquired  years ago is rapidly becoming obsolete. To thrive in today's world, people are realizing that formal training is not enough and that they need an open mind to all forms of learning.

In "The Fifth Discipline," author Peter Senge says a learning organization is"an organization that is continually expanding its capacity to create its future." He points out it is continuously learning new ways of doing things and also, forgetting old ways of doing things.

In "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," author Stephen R. Covey calls Habit 7,"taking time to sharpen the saw. exercising our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions regularly and consistently in wise and balanced ways."

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity." -Harvey Ullman

This is why self development is so important & having a good attitude about it because it helps us succeed at not only our business but in our personal lives & relationships.  Always seek to learn something new.

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