I came across an interesting article from Forbes website. The article (Click here to read full article) talks about eight self-limiting behaviors that successful people see to be able to avoid. Any of them are good things to avoid, but two of them stuck out to me more than the rest. The two of these behaviors I see most in people is the one that discusses “Engaging in below the line thinking” and the one about “Putting off investing in themselves”. Often times these go hand in hand…
I don’t know how many times I hear people say that they can’t get ahead because their circumstance is “keeping them down”, when if fact they are keeping themselves down by not taking control of matters. This idea that something completely out of control is driving your life circumstance in a direction you don’t want it to be going is known as “below the line thinking”, or what most of us know of as negative self-talk. In fact there are very few things in life that are so completely out of our control that we have no impact on the direction they take us.
We control our circumstance and in fact the decisions we make are almost always responsible for our circumstances. I want to start my own business but I don’t take any action to learn what that would entail because it just seems to difficult. I would like to learn a different language and then travel someplace and use it, but my weekend is too busy. I really want that promotion at work, but I don’t know if I have what they are looking for.
If you want to start your own business, take some classes in business management to give yourself the tools to be successful. Want to know more about foreign affairs, study them from credible sources. Love to cook and just wish you could do it better, take some cooking classes or start watching the Food Network. Want to learn a language buy Rosetta Stone.
Learning, growing and improving is not something we stop doing once we get a degree. We should be taking time to invest in ourselves each and every day. If you aren’t you can’t possibly look at your circumstance and blame where you are on anyone other than yourself.
A potentially great resource for learning something you have always wanted to learn is a website called Coursera.org. This is a website where you can take FREE on-line instructor lead classes from Universities all over the world on subjects from Quantum Physics to the History of the Beatles.
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