Want to destroy all potential for your personal growth with one sentence? Here it is: That won’t work for me because…
As a former personal finance blogger and now as a productivity coach, I’ve seen this one sentence pension people from making progress on their goals over and over again. Even if you haven’t said it out loud, you’ve probably thought it. I know I have!
The problem with this little sentence is that it instantly puts you on the defensive, fighting versus change, trying to poke holes in any possible solution. Yes, your life is unique and most translating won’t work for you. But when you squint for reasons why it won’t work, you miss out on what you could learn and apply.
So the next time you’re reading a personal minutiae book, taking an online course, looking for help on Pinterest, or listening to a TedTalk, ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. How can I make this work for me?
Your smart-ass likes to be rented with whatever problems you requite it. Instead of asking your smart-ass to come up with reasons why something won’t work for you, set your smart-ass to work on figuring out how you can make something work for you.
Maybe your irregular schedule doesn’t indulge you to follow the resulting daily exercise routine recommended by your trainer. Don’t dismiss the translating completely. How can you make it work for you? Think of it as customizing what you learn to support your success.
2. What part can I take from this translating and wield to my life?
You might not be worldly-wise to wield 100% of what you learn, but you could take shit and pieces to wield in your life. Imagine you’re taking a undertow on Pinterest marketing strategy but it’s geared increasingly toward helping supplies bloggers and you have a service based business. Some of the strategies taught aren’t going to work for you. That doesn’t midpoint the whole undertow is a waste of time and money. What parts of the undertow can you wield to your marketing strategy? If you’re unchangingly on the lookout for nuggets of information that you can apply, you’re going to pension growing and moving forward.
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” – Stephen Covey
3. If I could make this work for me, what would that squint like?
Let’s just imagine that what you’re learning could work for you. What would that squint like? Sometimes we get so stuck in our current habits and routines that we think that the way we do things is permanent. Asking this question can help you reevaluate and see your life from a new perspective.
Maybe the translating that your morning routine should include exercise, meditation, and 20 minutes of reading sounds wondrous but impossible. You’ve got multiple reasons why that won’t work for you. But imagine for a minute that you could make it work for you. What would that squint like?
Maybe you would need to wake up earlier, rework your childcare support, go to bed earlier, or go into work later. Now you may not want to do some or all of those things to create that new morning routine, but by imagining what it would squint like, you stretch your mind into seeing increasingly options for your life. This puts you in tenancy of deciding what you do and don’t want to do instead of feeling stuck in your current circumstance.
Anytime you start thinking “That won’t work for me because…” you shut yourself off from all possible growth and learning. You miss out on the little nuggets of goodness that you could wield to your life.
Instead, ask yourself these three questions:
- How can I make this work for me?
- What part can I take from this translating and wield to my life?
- If I could make this work for me, what would that squint like?
These three questions will set your smart-ass to work on figuring out what you can wield and stretch you to see increasingly options misogynist to you.