Have you ever met someone who thinks he knows everything? He always has an answer to every question. He acts like he’s the only person with the solution to a problem. Nobody likes that person.
And no matter how hard you try to collaborate with this person, he’s not open to any new ideas. Because, after all, he already knows everything.
It can be very frustrating to work with someone like this—wouldn’t you agree?
Have you ever caught yourself thinking or saying, “I know that” – whatever “that” is? Like the know-it-all person, you may think you know everything there is to know about a certain topic to the point that you’re not taking the opportunity to learn anything more. So you need to ask yourself, “Do you really know everything about “that”?
Of course, none of us know everything. In fact, research shows that the more we don’t know, the more we think we know!. But there’s also a question of how our expression of our knowledge impacts our relationships.
In the book, Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, he says there’s a big difference between “I know that!” and “How good am I at that?” After all, you may think you understand or know how to do something, but have you really become a master at it?
The simple truth is we can’t possibly know everything there is to know. And the things we think we know, we can always learn more and improve upon them.
Want to know how you can constantly seek to improve yourself and become even better? Here are some ways:
- Maintain a positive attitude. 100% of your success is tied to your attitude. Therefore, be aware of your mental self-talk. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop and replace them with positive thoughts. Believe in yourself!
- Get out of your comfort zone. As the saying goes, “If you keep doing things the same way, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.” Try new things. Shake up your routine. Ask for advice, and be ready to make mistakes.
- Overcome your fears. Everyone has things they don’t even want to think about. That’s part of being human. But fear can keep you from growing. Recognize what you’re afraid of and take steps to conquer it. Try it a little bit at a time!
- Read at least an hour a day. Read books. Read articles. Subscribe to email newsletters—and actually read them! Expose yourself to more wisdom to enrich your understanding.
- Learn something new every week. If you want to gain new knowledge and skills, take a course, attend a seminar or watch a video. It doesn’t matter if this is professional or personal; just picking up something increases your brain elasticity. Not sure where to start? Check out some of these resources.
- Set Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs). Create objectives that cause you to stretch beyond your normal limits. Plan the steps to reach those goals and start working on them. If it seems reasonable and achievable, it’s probably not big enough to change you.
- Get a mentor or coach. We all need help at times. If you’re not sure how to go about improving yourself or your business, give me a call or send me an email. I can help you figure out the necessary steps. And there are lots of other coaches in your area—-head for Google!
Remember, self-improvement is a never-ending journey. You can never know it all. So continually strive to become the master in all that you do.
And furthermore, not knowing it all isn’t a weakness. It’s a way to show others you are human. Don’t be the guy who always has an answer. Be the guy willing to say “I don’t know…but I’ll find out!”