“I know how to do that already, give me something different”. Many of us have said this at some point when we are bored with what we are learning. A bored state means that you are not learning anything. When you create a boring atmosphere there is a very good possibility you are not going to learn anything because you are not in your peak state as Tony Robbins phrases it. Your peak state is anytime your body or mind is in an excited state and is capable of absorbing information and dreaming at the highest level.
What does this have to do with your ego? When you go into something with a closed mindset you are setting yourself up for failure. If you don’t believe you can learn something new you will not learn anything new. A wise proverb says, “Those who believe they can and those who believe they can’t are both usually right”. In this case, if you think you already know everything, you tell your brain that there is no need to take in this information. Your ego just killed your opportunity to learn something new.
How can we make sure that our ego doesn’t kill our learning.
- You erase the things that you think you know about the topic.
- When you don’t know something, don’t feel “dumb”, feel inspired for the fact that you are learning something new.
- Keep in mind “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
- Everyone has a unique intelligence so don’t be jealous of someone else because you have that same ability inside of you..
- Do not get discouraged because this is something that you must practice for days, months, years, and forever.
Many of us are so wired and driven by our ego that we hinder ourselves from learning. The world is ever changing and in order to change with it, we must continue to learn and escape our comfort zone. People who humbly approach information are often the most intelligent. People that feel like they know everything are often not the smartest people in the room most of the time. You can stop the viscous cycle by changing the way you learn information. Kill your ego, not your brain!