Learning Through Experience and Awareness
If you’re like me, you understand that experience is the mother of all teachers. When you experience something, you’re given two things: awareness and opportunity. Awareness is the realization of something hitherto unlearned. In other words, you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. Once you know or realize something, you may begin to examine that newfound knowledge from various perspectives to make sense of what you’re observing. The other gift you receive from experiences is the opportunities that they bring. With awareness comes a chance to use your newfound knowledge in ways that promote your growth and development. When we take awareness and use the opportunity that’s given to us, we are in expansion mode.
In the tongue-in-cheek examples provided above, what I was driving at is the realization that I cut my results when I cut corners. We’re all guilty of cutting corners. And why do you think that is? I’ll offer a theory: I believe it’s because most of us operate from a mindset of scarcity. There’s not enough money, time, energy, people, love, or whatever other resources you want to add here. When we focus on scarcity, we make decisions that reflect such a belief. For example, if I believe that I don’t have enough money in my bank account, why wouldn’t I try to save money on my purchases by seeking discounts and “too good to be true” prices? It’s because my energy focuses on holding on to my money, which causes me to believe that it’s going to run out. When we shift our mindset and realize that money is abundant, we begin to make decisions that align with that mindset. Let me ask you a question: If money wasn’t an option and your back hurt, would you want to get a massage from someone qualified to alleviate backache, or would you trust someone who has zero training? To me, the answer is obvious. Now, it may cost you more money to get a massage from a trained expert, but what value would you put on your mobility? What price do you put on your wellbeing, your happiness, or your ability to live pain-free? I’m sure you get the point. You’d pay a lot to be pain-free. Because when you do spend what is necessary, and you realize that you created a healthy back out of your sensible decision to hire a proper masseuse, you’ll begin to understand that life is a lot like fixing your aching back.