we need to be willing
to not know."
-- Albert K. Strong
When it comes to reaching out for advice, new knowledge, hiring a consultant, our fear of feeling stupid keeps us holding what we already have, but when we are willing to be okay with not knowing, we open the door to new possibilities.
Being ignorant is something many people are unwilling to be because that word has always smacked us with the idea of being uneducated, unsophisticated, stupid. The word has more traditionally been used as a negative to describe people that hold fast to their past methods and ways, and who are unwilling to change. But, the word can also mean that we are just missing some education about specific things that, if learnt, could change our perspectives, and perhaps our fortunes.
As a consultant, I can see the resistance that many people have to learning new ways of doing a thing, and even being willing to take the time and energy to see the value in those potential changes.
As a person, I, like so many others, am also resistant to change. I think in some ways I am eager for change, and in others, I am comfortable in my ignorance. This causes me to be fearful to reach out for new ideas from consultants myself. I guess that speaks to the old adage, what goes around, comes around.
What that resistance is, would be our ego. Our ego cannot stand to be wrong. It exudes fear within us to change because the unknown is not a place our ego likes at all. The ego likes to rule, and yet, if we allow our ego to rule, when it isn't really qualified for such a role, we miss so many opportunities to grow, change, excel.
Being aware of this resistance is key. Being aware that we are allowing our ego to rule is key. Being aware is key. In this awareness, we can be willing to listen, to learn, to try, to let go of our conformity, and to entertain exciting new possibilities and directions.
That's all it takes. We become aware of how we are feeling, what thoughts are causing those feelings, and then calmly take the time to reach out, to listen, to discover, to know.
Old Confucius Saying: Mind Like Parachute, Only Function When Open.
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