“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci, the genius and most influential artist in history
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I consider myself a lifelong learner and make the inclusion of daily learning experiences a top priority. I crave new ideas so much that many of my daily rituals and habits include them.
Unlike Leonardo, however, my capacity to learn gets a bit weary over time. I’ve noticed that when I visit museums, read for extended periods, or watch educational TV programs, I reach a limit and need a break to rest my mind with an alternative activity, or even a nap.
Fortunately, my mind recovers fairly quickly and I am ready once again to sponge up and apply new learning in quick order!
What topics and areas of learning energize you the most? How often do you exercise your mind to expand your capacities for growth and personal development? Where do you need short breaks to renew and recharge between these efforts?
“Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”
—George Halas, founder of the Chicago Bears
What would you rather be doing at this very moment? Hopefully you love learning, personal growth/development feels more like play than work, and reading The Quotable Coach every morning is an enjoyable and rewarding minute of your day.
What are the areas of your life in which you expend considerable effort because those activities fill you up rather than bring you down?
When I first began coaching, I was introduced to the word “toleration” by Thomas Leonard of Coach University. Simply defined, tolerations are things that bug us, sap our energy, and could be eliminated. Although some people have a sense of pride and even feel noble about carrying many of these burdens, there can be a considerable price to pay.
Where and how can you bring more fulfillment and satisfaction into your work and life? What are some of the tolerations you can reduce or eliminate to lead a more enjoyable life?
Consider picking up a copy of Thomas Leonard’s book, The Portable Coach to learn more about this technique.
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”
—Joseph Joubert, 19th Century French Essayist
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Because I am heavily invested in personal and professional development, I am always on the lookout for the next ground-breaking book. I thrive on new ideas and the concept of finding a better way to improve the world.
If you are like me, you sometimes find new books a bit of a letdown in that they often repackage old ideas in ways that fall short of the originals.
Consider a Google search on this phrase:
The greatest ___________ books of all time. Fill in the blank with whatever types of books you value and enjoy most.
“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”
– Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author
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In the personal development world, the phrase “breakthrough results” has become a cliché. It reminds me of one of those late-night infomercials for some special non-stick cookware or a Ginsu knife that can cut through a pop can without getting dull.
A key to these claims, as well as the claim of professional and personal breakthroughs, is that the product, system, or method must have the inherent ability or capacity to achieve a result not previously possible by other means.
Peale is suggesting that when our heartfelt commitments are involved, they will inspire and motivate us to scale the highest life fences to realize our sincerest goals.
Select at least one heartfelt professional and/or personal fence you wish to scale, and share this intention with others who are committed to your success.
With their commitment and support, you will find yourself on the other side sooner than you ever imagined.