In our last +1, we talked about baby elephants and you.
Recall that a baby elephant is often tethered to a stake that it can’t pull out when it’s young. Then it puts on 10,000 pounds en route to becoming the strongest land animal on the planet—capable of carrying the equivalent of over 100 (!) adults on its back.
At that stage, it can EASILY pull out the stake and move on with its life.
It doesn’t even try.
It’s learned helplessness.
Jim Kwik tells us we’re kinda like those elephants—tethered to limiting beliefs that are holding us back.
Good news: Just like we can learn OPTIMISM, we can learn to be LIMITLESS.
To do that, Jim tells us we need to “unlimit” ourselves by dealing with seven of the lies we’ve been.
Here’s how he puts it: “I use the term LIE intentionally. In this case, LIE is an acronym for Limited Idea Entertained. If you are like the vast majority of people out there, you are entertaining ideas about yourself that define you as something less than what you truly have the potential to achieve. You’re giving these ideas energy and allowing them to take residence in your mind, but they’re really nothing but BS (in this case, an abbreviation for Belief Systems). … you will discover … how they imprison you, and what you can do about it. And keep asking yourself this question: How many of my perceived constraints are nothing more than LIEs and BS? I think you’re going to be stunned with the answers, and that these answers are going to be liberating.”
LIEs and BS.
Limited Ideas Entertained that can wreak havoc on our Belief Systems.
Jim walks us through the process of identifying those limiting beliefs and replacing them with more empowering ones.
LIE #1? The idea that “Intelligence is fixed.” He combats that one with some Carol Dweck growth mindset wisdom we talk about in our Notes on Mindset (and Self-theories).
Other LIEs include LIE #3 that “Mistakes are Failures.” They’re not. As Einstein said: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
LIE #4: “Knowledge Is Power.” It’s not. APPLIED knowledge is power.
And LIE #7: “Genius Is Born.” It’s not; it’s MADE!
Of course, check out the book and the Note for more.
One more time: Are you Entertaining any obvious Limited Ideas that are creating some stinky BS in your life?
Let’s take out the elephant poop in the room.
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