Makes sense when you think about it. You can’t microwave personal growth, it requires a slow cooker.
Recently whenever I partake, I’ve taken to reheating pre-prepared dinners on the hob, in a pot, rather than in the microwave. And, do you know what? They taste better, chicken for example tender and moist rather than nuked to a pellet!
The same is true, only much more so, about our personal development.
The problem is, we live in a world, in an age where we expect everything instantly and if we can’t get it NOW, we don’t want it. I saw a wonderful presentation recently where the presenter told us the attention span of a goldfish is eight seconds – and a human? Seven. Seven seconds (I assume I’ve lost some of you already? 🙂 )
And so with attention spans not even matching those of goldfish, what hope have we as a species? I don’t think there are too many of us lying awake at night fearing a New World Order led by goldfish.
So what do we need? We need more people to get on board with developing themselves personally so they can be the best version of themselves and in so doing, being of better service to the world.
But personal development requires work, it requires patience, it requires time; you can’t microwave it, it needs a slow cooker.
Recently I hosted an event called Think and ACT 2019 and it was part of that process for all forty souls in the room. We realized we are all on a journey, all independent of each other but it was nice to share a few hours with other seekers, other people willing to share lessons they are gleaning on the trip. It was a perfect example of the type of thing I’m talking about here. We had a sixteen year old there with his mother, sharing space and thoughts with a seventy-two year old grandfather – and everything and everyone in between. We all became more aware that you can’t just press a button, with thirty seconds and ‘BING’ you’re done – one fully orbed human!
Doesn’t work like that.
So what’s the work that’s required? Personal reflection.
How do you reflect?
One of the most effective ways I know to help me reflect is to read books.
A phrase that permeated our #ThinkandACT event, was a lyric from the song, ‘Colors of the Wind’ from the Disney animated movie, Pocahantas. In it, she’s running through a forest leading John Smyth by the hand and she sings,
“If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.”
I’ve always loved that lyric (or is it those lyrics? Grammar police?) because it speaks to the truth that there is lots of stuff out there we don’t know, but infinitely more stuff that we don’t even know that we don’t know!
How do we develop personally? By learning stuff we don’t know we don’t know. And how do we do that? The best way I have found is to read books.
If you read books, books you won’t be tested on (ie books outside those required for your career or profession), books penned by authors you haven’t thought with before, you will learn things you never knew you never knew.
Where do you start? Perhaps, if you’re reading this you started some time back, or perhaps this IS the start? Regardless I recommend my ten-a-day prescription. I recommend you pick a book by an author that interests you, or perhaps a new book my an author you are already a fan of and commit to reading for ten minutes or read ten pages (whichever is easiest) each day.
If you do this over an extended period of years, I guarantee you will amass more knowledge about the world around you but perhaps more importantly the world within you!
If you don’t already do it, consider taking my ten-a-day challenge for the next seven days only. Pick a book, read ten, put it down, pick it up the next day, read ten, put it down, repeat for seven consecutive days. If your attitude hasn’t shifted, then my advice is wrong (for you), but if it has, consider making it a lifelong habit.
Ps, TIP. Use your body clock to the max here. If you are a Morning Lark do if first thing in the morning (but not in bed for fear you may drift back asleep) and if you are a Night Owl, read your ten last thing at night, again not in bed for fear you will drift off.
My friend, you can’t microwave personal development, it requires a slow cooker, and perhaps that slow cooking cycle starts today.
I wish you well.
Thanks for thinking with me.
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