Today I wanted to discuss another set of words that can derail you very easily – it’s “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”
What does that tell you? It tells me that if you’ve learned certain things, you can’t learn anything new.
How foolish is that – both to believe about others or worse yet, to believe about yourself.
You can always learn new things. I was so proud of my mom when she was 80 years old and wanted to learn how to use the computer to email and write letters and even play games. She surely was what is considered an “old dog” but she wanted to learn new tricks.
I find this phrase both insulting and limiting to me (I’m old…ha ha). But it’s also a sign of laziness. Sometimes you have to take more time to try to teach those new tricks to an old dog.
In my “dog” experience I’ve found it easier to teach my older dogs than when they are puppies. Maybe that’s because they are Siberian huskies though – a stubborn breed to say the least.
Wipe this phrase from your mind. It will serve you to explain why you might not be able to achieve some of your “success list” if you let it seep into your thoughts. It’s very much saying you can’t learn or teach others to come along the path you’re showing.
You CAN learn new things and you CAN influence others to learn new things. Do NOT make excuses anymore.
Or not wisdom perhaps. You all know that the one thing we preach over and over again is to watch your words (and phrases). This is so vital now at a time when you’re working on your success list! You can sabotage yourself without even knowing it. You have to be extremely conscientious about what is coming out of your mouth, what is going on inside your skull and even what you are letting in your ears (from others). You have to be the monitor. Learn to say “That is not my truth” whenever you hear, say or think something that is contrary to your desires.
This week’s “words of wisdom” phrase is
“You can’t win ‘em all”.
How often do you hear this phrase? Quite a bit I bet.
What does it tell your subconscious mind?
It tells it that you cannot win everything. Do you want to believe that? Do you believe that? Of course you don’t. You want to win every challenge you’re involved with. You want to win everything. That will make you successful. It’s not greedy. It’s an attitude of wanting to succeed and that’s what we are all about here. So, eliminate that phrase. When you hear it said, simply say “That is not my truth, I can AND DO win them all! I am a success!”
I read this in “Daily Reflections For Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey and it applies to our goal setting process and the identification of our limiting beliefs.
“If we want to change a situation, we first have to change ourselves. And to change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.”
This is exactly why we go through the entire process from inventory to future desires to identification of limiting beliefs, removing them and replacing them with those you choose.