We are every bit as responsible for what we know, as we are for what we do with what we know; because ignorance is no longer an excuse, it’s a choice.~EM
The above quote may sound a bit direct, but when you break it down strategically it makes sense.
If we know what we don’t know, and make no effort to change that paradigm we choose to be ignorant. As a result of that choice, we become complicit in our life’s circumstances. Consider:
- Was the quality of your education ‘good enough’ to be competitive in the workforce of today and tomorrow? If not, then what are you doing about it? Free education through massive open online courses, and other opportunities are available. So what excuse will you use to get in your own way? Learn Something Everyday
- Are you out of shape, overweight? We are bombarded with free information regarding how to get into shape, lose weight and get healthy. Yet most would rather complain and excuse their poor health. Your physician can tell you what you need to do…but only you can do it. Eat Less, Exercise More
- If you or someone you know is involved in an unhealthy or destructive relationship, only the ignorance of self-help and counseling interventions holds you hostage in that relationship. You absolutely must get beyond the ‘pride’ state of what will other people think, and get to the self-care state of what is best for me. You Deserve Better. Find Better. Be Better
- Maybe you’re shackled or crippled by an addiction (of any sort). There are entire communities of people willing to offer resources to help deal, and heal from addictions that keep us chained in shame. Regardless the issue, you are not alone; and your attempts to fight it on your own are no longer necessary! You can’t let fear, shame, or pride set up roadblocks to your path to success. Set Pride Aside. Let Healing Begin
- Perhaps none of the above challenges resonates with you, but you lack financial security. Your lack of discipline to manage your resources have conspired to keep you in financial distress. The only ‘magic solutions’ are the ones you make yourself! Free resources abound for you to begin working on a strategic plan for your financial success. Spend Less Than You Make
There is a single term that threads itself through each of the scenarios and situations described above… Discipline.
Webster’s defines discipline as control that is gained by requiring rules or orders be obeyed… When the word “Self” is appended to either side of discipline, it changes from a passive noun to an action verb!
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. So when we choose to be ignorant of things, why are we surprised when those things significantly impact us?
So what, if anything, can be done about it? Consider the principles of JOHARI window predicated on a simple tactic: reduce what we don’t know, we don’t know.
The open/free area (1) contains things that we know about ourselves and other know about us.
The blind area (2) contains things others know about us, that we don’t know about ourselves. These could be positive or negative behaviors, characteristics, or habits.
To reduce area (2) be inquisitive and ask someone, or several someones we trust for honest feedback. This aspect of shared discovery will provide an opportunity for growth and increased self-discipline. Regardless the feedback you receive always thank them, then act on your new knowledge.
The hidden area (3) contains things we know about ourselves that others do not know. These could be positive or negative behaviors, characteristics, or habits. To reduce this window be transparent in your dealings with others. Confide in a trusted friend, counselor, mentor or other as a secret loses its power over you, once it’s brought into the light. This act of self disclosure will reduce your need to suppress hurt feelings, guilt, anger, or pain through open dialogue.
The unknown area (4) contains things that nobody knows about us – including ourselves. This is the most important aspect of JOHARIS’ window because the smaller we can make this area, the larger other areas become. If you’re searching for significant, dramatic, and lasting life change, this is where it begins.
If you are willing to be inquisitive and ask when you do not know, and be transparent with others, you will increase area (1) what is known to you and others, and decrease area (4) unknown. Will this simple strategy guarantee immediate success in every aspect of your life? Probably not. But it will significantly improve every aspect of your life.
The more you learn, the more you know; the more you know, the more you grow; the more you grow, the less you know; the less you know, the more you learn. EM
Discipline. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discipline