Fortunate Enough to Be Ignorant….Then and Now

“Ignorance is bliss.” And, you know, it’s true!

Think about it.  When you were in your teens, 20’s and 30’s, you were capable of doing things quickly without much thought or insight.  There were no limitations.

Then, as you look back, you accomplished more and did so quickly and easily.  Now, things seem to take more time. Why?  Way back then, you were fortunate enough to be ignorant; naïve.

That’s not a put down.

No one really told you how hard getting ahead would be.  And, most likely, any advice given you, really did not register or, it went in the proverbial one ear, got lost somewhere in your cranial cavity, searching frantically for the escape hatch through your other ear.  Let’s face it. You had other things on your mind.

You did things automatically, instinctively.  Eventually, you took some direction, put it all together and somehow it all made some sense and, voila, Success!.

Sure, there were doubts and uncertainties along the way, but, you overcame those obstacles and moved on..Now, be fair with yourself.  Look back in retrospect. You accomplished much in your life.  Along the way, you experienced loss, turndowns, disappointments and rejection.   You dealt with it all back then.  No great setback. Youth has an amazing flexibility in rising above impediment.

Unfortunately, resiliency fades somewhat with age. Now, you’re 50 Plus and tough times can take a greater toll.  It’s life.  And, somewhere along the way, things really got tougher.  Plus, nowadays, it takes the mind  an extra beat or two to kick into gear. And, to compensate for apparent limitation, pride kicks in.  Eventually that becomes a confidence killer.

Then, when you’re young, you were fortunate enough to be Ignorant. Now, it takes more time to do what once was accomplished so effortlessly. So now, what do you do?

Author/Speaker Harvey Mackay writes about the time he was preparing for a series of speaking engagements in Japan. So, he and he son, who was attending college at the time, decided to study Japanese together.

His son turned out to be a language whiz while Harvey Mackay struggled.  By his own admission, Mackay was barely getting somewhere on a very slow track. But, he didn’t give up.  He didn’t allow for mission drift.  He stuck with his studies and didn’t compare his speed and efforts to those of his son.

It took Mackay an extra 3 weeks to get the Japanese language fundamentals down.  But, he did it.

And, so can you!

It’s too easy to throw in the towel.  I’ve been there.  It’s frustrating.  You feel like you’ve lost it. And, who wants to think of themselves as a failure. Looking back, you know you’ve accomplished so much then, so why does success seem so hard to accomplish now?

Why?  Because you are not allowing yourself to be fortunate enough to be ignorant.  So, be ignorant!  Take the time to fail.  Yes, FAIL.  Just know that failure is not the end game.

When you were younger, you didn’t keep score on success and failure.  You kept on doing what you were doing and got it right.  Plus, the mind was more flexible then.  It was more adaptable. You didn’t have enough life experience to compare.  So, you weren’t dealing with your own internal failure/success mechanism that sets up metrics for passing judgment on your  personal value and worth.

Be ignorant.  Allow yourself to fail.  Make it part of your Success Plan.  Recognize that failure leads to success.  Recognize that Success today just takes a bit longer.

Life is rough out there.  Get on your side.  Don’t be an enemy to yourself.  What’s the old line about a house divided…..?

Albert Einstein once said, “Great Spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”  So, here’s a reality check:  You don’t have a mediocre mind.

Allow mental connections to take hold slowly and naturally.  Then, once you’ve got it, come on strong like the storm trooper you are.  Do your thing.  You know I’m right.

Give yourself more time.  Stop keeping personal success/failure scores. It’s invalid and irrelevant.  Forget pride and being sooo judgmental towards yourself.

Be a kid again.  Allow failure to lead to success.  If that sounds ignorant, then, I’m all for it!

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