Today morning as I commuted to work and continued to read Linchpin book by Seth Godin, I’ve been reading a few days now – I hit a breakthrough. You know, its’ useless to read anything unless you apply what you’ve learned right away – this important lesson I’ve learned from Max Henttu at Trainers’ House.
Thanks to the lesson by Max, I’ve formed the habit always to apply and test what I learn immediately. I’ve applied this principle successfully. However, as I’ve done it many of the things I’ve tried have not brought the results I’ve hoped or they’ve not really sunk in my head as in where does it all fit in the big picture. There is quite a lot of stuff I draw the inspiration from, not only books but also podcasts, Youtube lectures, live coaching, webinars. My seeking of this knowledge has three main purposes, first it is to understand the topic better, second to study these people who teach and apply these kinds of thinking habits to my own and final third reason is to find something to apply to my life right away.
So it’s not only books I read. Main reason why I wanted to explain this was because, since I seek knowledge very actively, and since I claim also to apply it, is that there should be quite a lots of high quality ideas being applied. In fact there is that much that I should try to calculate the amount of ‘new’ ideas being applied on a day and week level. However with this primer I want to simply to say that there are rarely any ideas so profound for me, that actually stand the test of the day as well as today’s set of ideas did and that makes me very excited.
I do recognize that one day isn’t much in the big scheme of things. However, its not just about one day really. Because today’s applied ideas were indeed quite connected to what I’ve been learning and studying earlier and it’s a quite good fit so to speak. Especially the human potential part is great, the message to all of us. It seems to fit my current understanding of human brain, thinking and psychology. And as I applied this thinking it worked. For the first time in a while, I managed to not only achieve my goals, but to exceed them.
To open up this statement a bit: I’ve been struggling with someone might call a motivational problem. On certain things I’ve stuck on the comfort zone and that’s not a place for growth. So how do you lead yourself out of the comfort zone to do those really hard things, which of course I can do, but do I want to take the risk? That’s exactly the questions I haven’t had answer. Of course at some point I’ll be forced to, or there’ll be some changes which force me to jump some hoops, however its’ not either something which I would like to wait for.
So what to do, what I can do? Of course I don’t have THE answer yet. However I want share what I did today and it is very much thanks to Seth Godin and the Linchpin book (which by the way has already introduced couple other really interesting books, which I’ll probably pursue next in my reading).
First lesson from Seth that I learned and decided to apply was that there is indeed inner genius inside me. I think his writing style is great in a way that it tends subtly to repeat things, so as our subconscious tends to reject new things at the first time, so there is still chance to catch the thing on second or third try. That’s exactly what happened to me today as I realized that what if there is genius in me, and what if I chose to feed the genius, instead of the resistance. Resistance is what Seth Godin describes in the book as the lizard brain. And the genius is the prefrontal cortex. So the main idea I picked up from today is understanding that there is indeed two me’s one is the lizard another is the genius and it is up to me to choose what kind of behavior will I feed.
Actual “feeding metaphor” comes from totally different contexts. I cannot remember which, but at least there was the awesome American-Indian saying about those two wolves at some point.
Seth Godin’s tips didn’t end there for me today thought. It was not only about that realization, but also about what to actually look out for. What direction is the lizard and how to recognize it? That was really the key. And yet one more thing was to notice, was to choose to feed the genius and walk away from the lizard.
I can admit, through my 8 hour work day, in the afternoon I had a week moment, however most of the I managed to stay focused and the results surprised even myself. Biggest thing I learned from this was self-belief: I’ve genius inside myself, so have you. This positive self-belief was then reinforced. Overall I am very fragile about that, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t appear so to anyone of us. I guess we all have our weak moments, unless we train out of them. It’s sometimes amazing how much capacity we’ve bottled up inside of us, that’s the genius and we all have it, we just gotta learn to feed it, make it stronger.