Time for something thought-provoking.
If there was ever an accurate description of this experience we call “life”, it’d be a never-ending (and I chose those words deliberately) series of opportunities, all of which are presented to the life concerned for the purpose of growth and fuller expression.
Very few of us see it that way though. Which is why we fail to recognise the opportunities before us and even when we do, we fail to seize and act on most of them. In a way, even though it’s horribly limiting, it’s also understandable. Some of life’s opportunities present themselves in the cruelest of ways. Pain can be one hell of an educator, even if we’d prefer the opportunity present itself in a very different way.
The idea that life is a school in which we’re to learn specific lessons is a long established societal myth that masks truth. School is a place where you learn what you don’t know. Life is an opportunity to remember what you already know but are not currently conscious of. In other words, life brings opportunities to you so that you can know experientially what you already know conceptually.
If this is “popping your navel”, stay with me.
You don’t have to “learn” anything to do this. You simply need to remember what you already know and act on it. So, to put it as plainly as possible, success in life is far more a process of unlearning than it is learning. As Alan Cohen put it so perfectly: “Forget everything you have learned and you will remember everything you have forgotten”.
You still with me? Or is my mystical, new age bollocks “scrambling your eggs”?
If it is, it’s perfectly understandable. And believe it or not, if what I’m sharing here doesn’t make sense and you’re confused, that’s very good news.
Confusion is the mind expanding. It’s the birthing of greater awareness. Confusion can hardly be described as an enjoyable state to be in but, like it or not, it’s a very healthy place for a human being to be. Here’s why: a higher level of understanding will always be preceded by a period of confusion.
Think about it. Confusion sets in at the front end of any learning curve. All the skills you’ve mastered in your life (and you’ve mastered far more than you remember) to simply navigate the complexities of life today began in a state of confusion. I’ll elaborate on my mystical, new age bollocks another time, because if you grasp what it reveals and the implication, you, your understanding of yourself and your capabilities will never be the same again.
In the interim, take a minute or so to think into Cohen’s wisdom because I can promise you, when you crack was he’s referring to, you’ve just unlocked the door to what is commonly referred to as your “untapped potential”.
“Forget everything you have learned, and you will remember everything you have forgotten”.
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here