It’s 3:09 am and I am in the LAX airport waiting for my 7:10 am flight back to Buffalo and thought I would share a section of notes from a 5-day training I did in LA called Advanced Learning & Teaching Technologies which was lead by, perhaps, two of the smartest men in the world – Eben Pagan and Wyatt Woodsmall. There were over 120 highly evolved and high functioning people in the room and cost for attendance was $1,997 for the 5-days… I really want you participate in the little exercise at the bottom to see if you “get it.”
What are the two greatest obstacles to learning?
1. “I know that.”
2. “I disagree.”
The problem with “I know that…”
The instant you hear or read something you’ve heard, what is your first response? “I know that.” When I tell you, “You need to eat more fruits and veggies,” what is your response? “I know that.” Your brain filters “new” knowledge with “old” knowledge and your brain instantly shuts down when you detect something you’ve heard before. Especially when it’s something that could lead to behavioral change! Your mind is designed to protect you against all possible change – especially if it is change that involves leaving your comfort zone. As you go through this post, my book, my newsletters, your day, your conversations and interactions, the key to life is to keep your mind OPEN.
The problem with “I disagree.”
When you disagree, 80% of the time you are closing your mind to learning anything new. Today, when you disagree, ask yourself if what you’re learning can be useful or beneficial or has any value that you can receive or take to offer others.
What is CHANGE?
Change requires you NOT being YOU. You have to become “NOT YOU.” Say this to yourself now. “If I want to change I need to STOP being ME.” For the most part, your family and friends DO NOT want you to become “not me.” The good news is that you ARE capable of not being you but you need to learn how to apply regular doses of being systematically outrageous.
What does this mean? If you’re not a person who takes risks or prefers to live in your comfort zone then people can say, “You’re not being yourself,” when you do something different. If you are not very adventurous and decide to back pack through Europe for 35-days, by yourself, your friends will instantly say, “That’s not you!” Do you want to go through life living up to others expectations of who other want you to be when you have a desire to transform into some one greater or just different?
I offer an alternate solution to living in this prison and within these limitations. I encourage you to consider making gradual decisions in your life so you can become known as someone “crazy” – this is your greatest leverage point in life. If you are not as someone who is “crazy” then no one will ever be surprised by the challenges you accept, the risks you take, the places you go and the dreams you chase. If you are known as someone who is predictable (and boring if you’re really honest) and want to break free then I encourage you to become systematically outrageous and STOP BEING YOU – it is your greatest leverage point in life and I can promise you that these people have the most fun in life.
How do I plan on being systematically outrageous in 2009? Here is what I have churning in my brain…
-> I plan on moving to Italy to force myself to learn Italian.
-> I am going to hire a mentor for $25,000 a year to help me with a part of my business I need assistance in.
-> I am going to enter the Mr. Universe Model show in Miami in June so I’ll be ripped and shredded for the summer.
-> I’m going to book meeting with publishers and television producers to pitch my ideas for a T.V. show and hard copy book idea.
-> I signing up for a missions trip in a 3rd world country to get me out of my own little world and become more serving.
-> I am booking a plane ticket to Colorado for a few weeks to learn how to ski.
Do you see what I am forcing to happen? I’m creating the conditions for INEVITABLE transformation. See how I’m putting my self in situations that guarantee I will be successful? All of the examples above force me to throw my hat over the fence and now I have to go get it.
By announcing this publicly to you and my readership of over 50,000 readers, I am making myself accountable and putting my word on the line – I give you permission to follow up with me.
On top of that, I’m living systematically outrageous so no one will be surprised when I announce, one day, I’m going to climb Mount Everest, swim with sharks or build a school in Africa.
You can do exactly what I am doing too, at some level, no matter who you are or the environment you’ve grown up in.
Again, change is “not being me” and your family and friends do NOT want you to change because when you change, all the things your family and friends do and say to control and manipulate you will no longer work! You will no longer be a puppet tied to their strings and they can no longer control you or predict your behavior.
How Change & Learning Are The Same…
Have you ever asked yourself, “What is learning?” There are a number of levels of learning and I’ll share the first three:
Level 0 learning = an insight i.e. something you read or heard which gives you a new perspective. Most people in life never advance beyond Level 0 learning.
Level 1 learning = a new action has taken place i.e. a behavior change or some sort of actionable commitment has taken place.
Level 2 learning = a physical, intellectual or spiritual transformation has taken place i.e. physically, you have gone from skinny to muscular.
If you get one thing from this post:
Learning = Behavioural Change
That means, If your behavior does not change, you did not learn.” Lets apply the example above.
So if you read in my book that eating 15 serving of fruits and veggies will improve your health then you have experienced level 0 learning. It is only a new insight.
Once you begin eating closer to 15 serving of fruits and veggies a day, you are now at level 1 learning because a new action has taken place and their has been some behavior change.
Once your stomach goes from being soft and chubby to flat and firm, you are moving towards level 2 learning because a transformation has taken place and you are transforming from that caterpillar to that butterfly.
Ask yourself, “What area of my life am I sitting at in level 0 learning but I want to take to a level 1?” What is an area in your life that you “know” but have not demonstrated any change in?
I’ll go first. I want to improve my flexibility with yoga (level 0 learning) so I’m going to sign for 1-1 yoga sessions 3x a week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am and I’m going to pay the instructor every 30 days in advance to create inevitable success.
That is an example of level 1 learning. Notice how specific and detailed I was about my applying the insight about yoga improving my flexibility. I will not have learned anything about the benefit of stretching with yoga unless a behavior change occurs so I have created conditions to guarantee this success.
Now it’s your turn to share. I’ll read your responses and we can assess what level you’re at and if you “get it”
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