The Two Mindsets You Need To Avoid As You Make Goals For Next Year Part 2

The Two Mindsets You Need To Avoid As You Make Goals For Next Year Part 2

The Two Mindsets You Need To Avoid as you make your Goals for Next Year Part 2

In my last post I wrote about how it is that time of year when everyone gets ambitious to set goals and move into 2018 with a voracious mindset. AND often after just a few weeks of investment they get impatient and fall off the wagon.

If you would like to review that post, check it out here.

The second mindset that gets in the way is not meant to feel like name calling, but rather, it is meant to help people understand that too often they fight the good fight without the proper help or without the proper tools.

Improper Mindset #2: Arrogance
The Definition of arrogance is an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.

Arrogance can be a forward thinking quality when used from a positive position but too often if a person is arrogant, well they are also ignorant too. Too often people think they can achieve things on their own. In the last mindset post we learned about Sam Walton. Could he have built Walmart all by himself? Absolutely not.

But people tackle fat loss, time management, behavior modification and starting a healthy lifestyle all alone.

Sometimes I see people in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s trying to start exercise programs they used when they played high school football or did dance in middle school. Programs have evolved and sometimes people think what worked for them once before absolutely will work now.

I consider myself a pretty smart guy and sometimes, that spills over into thinking that I can do it on my own. I’m sure you can see how this could hold me back.

I figured if I worked hard, learned as much as I could and focused, I would get everything done by myself. I would save money, and know everything about my business in and out.

What is the inherent problem with this picture? I am assuming too much. This line of thinking is so counter-productive that it’s amazing I ever managed to accomplish anything at all.

At first, I was completely blind to it. I was working hard. But was I working smart? I had no idea how long it was taking me to do things that were not my expertise. I entered the fitness business to help people get healthy. I know how to design a program that will work fast and efficiently. I know what exercises to do and what order to put them in so that you get results quickly. I know what used to work 10, 20, 30 years ago and what science has proven to be more efficient in the last 30 years.

How did I know all this? I studied, I learned from experts, I went to seminars, continued my education and experimented on myself and clients when something new evolved. I became an expert.

But while I was becoming an expert in health and fitness I was NOT becoming an expert in accounting, bookkeeping, law etc. Yet I was trying to keep my own books, I was trying to write contracts and negotiate deals for my business when I should have been reaching out to someone like a tax accountant NYC. It would take me two days to do bookkeeping that would take some bookkeeper 2 hours. A friend of mine did tell me about bookkeeping services that would help me but I didn’t listen. I was arrogant and inefficient. It could have been even worse since there were ASC 606 changes and I didn’t know about it.

The day I figured this out, I changed my destiny. Focus on my strengths and let people who are good at my weaknesses be my expert in that area. In my last post I talked about Sam Walton to make my point. How about another quick example here.

What does it take to become the richest man in the world? Well patience for one. (Mindset #1) AND you also absolutely cannot be arrogant.

It requires a laser like focus on learning from mistakes, and always expanding your network of knowledgeable experts with skills. Warren Buffett combines one of the sharpest minds of several generations and is extraordinarily humble. Buffett often shares his mistakes, even though he usually outperforms his competitors.

He reaches out to like-minded individuals for key information and never assumes he knows everything. He focuses on what he has learned and studied and rarely strays into uncharted waters. The total opposite of arrogance.

So, what is the moral to this story of why arrogance is a poor mindset?

Simple, no matter what you do in life, seek out help when it is beyond your limits. You wouldn’t do your own dental work, you shouldn’t defend yourself in court, it is virtually impossible to perform surgery on yourself.

If this year you are seeking to get healthy, don’t guess. Seek out guidance. It will be faster, more efficient and less expensive in the long run.

Bobby - Author

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