One of my childhood friends liked to say this…
The more you study, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know the more you forget. The more you forget the less you know, so why study?
He made me laugh! I assumed that was his intent and not his philosophy because he was a good student and a good friend. Today it’s not so funny. I see people living their lives this way, in fear of the responsibilities that come from high achievement, excellence, mastery and proficiency. I imagine the following thought process spinning around in their minds…
The more I prepare, the better I become. The better I become, the more I can achieve. The more I achieve, the more people expect of me. The more people expect, the busier I get. The busier I get, the more stressful my life gets. The more stressful my life gets, the less I will achieve. The less I achieve, the worse I become, so why prepare?
In other words, this imagined sequence reflects “fear of success.” Some will miss the irony and significance of their rationalization. Others will just laugh it off, not admitting their fear. Still others will simply choose to be in denial.
The truth is simple. This preparation formula demonstrates the reality of fear and why people settle for mediocrity. It’s real, it’s unnecessary and it’s NOT FUNNY! Since it’s a serious matter, we should be engaged in stomping out mediocrity by inspiring parents, teachers and others to leverage their influence to help others dispose of limiting beliefs by replacing them with empowering beliefs. Most importantly we should be helping the young people closest to us become who they were meant to be. That responsibility gets me up and going every day. What about you? Who do you know?
P.S. There is undoubtedly someone close to you that is unprepared for the future. If their developmental gaps include productivity, professionalism, relationships or leadership, then perhaps they would benefit from LEAP, my on-line course. Learn all about it at: www.MoEaH.org.