4 Secrets for Learning New Tricks
Today’s post is the second in a five part series on Dog Days. There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If that’s true, then one secret to learning new tricks is …
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Don’t be an old dog!
Of course, we can’t control that in a physical sense. But that’s of less importance than keeping ourselves young in mind and spirit.
We must rediscover that sense of wonder we had when we were young.
Before we were afraid to try new things.
Before we were scared of taking risks.
Before we worried about being embarrassed.
When we were fascinated by new things.
We were captivated with new experiences.
We were curious about the world around us.
We made new discoveries day by day.
Then we grew up and became old dogs.
I told George to speak for himself on that one!
Boy, I inadvertently insulted myself on two fronts … in a single sentence I managed to call myself “old” and a “dog”. My point is that sometimes we learn the wrong lessons.
Picture this: A dog goes for a walk and steps on a bee. It hurts. But instead of watching out for bees when he goes for walks in the future, he refuses to walk at all.
Let’s bring it back to human terms. Maybe you stuck your neck out on an opportunity that didn’t work out the way you planned. So now, when a new opportunity presents itself, you roll over and play dead!
It’s time for some new tricks. Experience is a great teacher, but it’s curiosity that leads to innovation.
The dog trainer
Trainers can work wonders with dogs. The same is true for us humans.
Look for a coach or mentor who has done what you’re trying to do. Someone who has walked the path you want to go down.
Your coach can teach you the tricks you need to get where you want to be. From his or her experience, combined with your own, you can discover how to reach bigg success faster.
A doggy treat
Dogs get a treat when they learn new tricks. Likewise, give yourself a reward every time you learn a new trick or reach a new plateau.
Bigger tricks deserve bigger treats. Sounds kind of like Halloween, doesn’t it? Only here it’s trick for treat.
When you really move that proverbial needle, when you stretch yourself and accomplish something significant for your bigg success, give yourself a treat that has particular meaning for you.
The dog and pony show
Don’t get stuck doing that same old dog and pony show. Stretch your mind by exploring new things. Study things outside your area of expertise.
You’ll find that you bring new perspectives back to your main area of expertise by exploring outside of it. You’ll discover new solutions to old problems.
So we think you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, an old dog has to learn new tricks to reach bigg success!
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Thanks for sharing your time with us today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss relationships in a dog eat dog world. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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