Hope you are well today and that your weekend was good and relaxed.
I’m melting while writing this article because we’re having a heatwave and my dog has become a hot dog. You really don’t want to see us in this state 😉.
I’ve had this topic town sorry I mean down (see the heat has even gotten to my brain) because I know that all of us have been here ever so often, even Oprah and Maya Angelou talked about this in one of the videos.
Do you take time out to learn; reading books, listening to podcasts, do you have a mentor, follow a role model and often go into self-improvement consistently?
Have you ever been in a situation similar to this or notice cycles in your life?
We go to school, we learn, it doesn’t prepare us for “real life,” we learn how to learn some don’t, we learn how to socialise, we learn bad habits, we learn to make friends, we learn to move forward even if we’re the slowest in the class, we learn to accept bad situations/circumstances, we learn to manage our emotions without knowing, we learn how to speak, we learn how to write, we learn to listen, we learn about the cool things and not so cool things, we begin to learn what we like and what we don’t like, we learn about our passions, hobbies and we learn to cope.
I’m sure you can add more to the above paragraph. I just wanted to give you the gist.
I often realised that when you spiral downwards in your life and can’t seem to stop it it’s because something must come to an end, as much as you know better a certain phase or something that isn’t serving you anymore; old way, old beliefs, things that are not relevant to your life or purpose anymore, things that need to die so that you become a better you has to end. Often, we don’t want to go with it because it looks so dark. After all, it’s the unknown.
It is this and more that teaches you to know better and to do better.
Maybe there is a less painful way?
Open yourself up to this. Maybe if you’re consistent at learning, reading books, listening to or following role models and successful entrepreneurs you can learn to know better so that the minute you’re faced with the tiniest adversities you know better. This practice; on the tiniest aspects of your life prepares you for big decisions for the things you’re attracting. By always taking action, by educating yourself, you can always take better actions and make better decisions hence why you can do better in life. When you stop learning and taking on good habits, cycles that really do need to end will have to come to an end.
Why all that loss in the end for a great lesson learnt? Sure, it’s going to help you go forward but what if you practise learning daily even if it’s for ten minutes? Now add that up over a year. Add that up to all the decisions you make every single day.
Something to think about
- “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” – still unclear whose quote this is
- “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29
- “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
- “We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.” ― John Marsden, The Dead of Night
- “Education is a system of imposed ignorance.” ― Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Whatever you’ve done in your life until now…
Since you are here reading this article, I invite you to just take five minutes on this piece. I know some incidence in your life will come up when you ask yourself this question; was it because I didn’t try hard enough? I believe I gave it my best shot, but if I knew better, I could have done better? Now just sit with what comes up for you and then let it go. You would have already had your answer, even if you did have this answer by asking the questions I’ve asked you to ask yourself you’ve just done something for yourself by taking five minutes in doing what I’ve asked you to do. Something would have clicked that might not have clicked before or something you have instilled in you in these five minutes has occurred on a higher intensity/frequency.
Learning as much as you possibly can during your spare time will spare you from costly mistakes. – T. Dench Patel, 3 February 2020, 18:00
When you learn more and pull on that wisdom to do better you excel at a quicker rate. The small mistakes don’t last too long and don’t drag you down very far. By learning about the unknown which maybe doesn’t relate to you now, you can draw on the learnings and lessons of others if you do end up facing something similar.
T. Dench Patel