Stephen’s HEARTbeat 6.13.19
Thrilling Thursday to you and yours!
We have full revelation of our humanity and the beauty of taking the next breath only after our brain is deprived of life-giving oxygen for an extended period of time. Our bodies have strong, built-in systems that will immediately trigger when such a moment occurs, sometimes without our mental realization due to the speed. How do we know these statements to be true? There must have been much research, observation, communication, and testing to gain understanding on the way our body handles the natural forces in our world. None of us come out of the womb knowing all about the details of our lives, yet we grow everyday in the realization of how we are to function through learning.
Check out a thought from King Solomon to begin our exploration of step #4 in the avoiding complacency list.
Proverbs 1:7 TPT
7 How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom?
We cross the threshold of true knowledge
when we live in obedient devotion to God.[e]
Stubborn know-it-alls[f] will never stop to do this,
for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.
Here are five steps to avoid complacency once you’ve achieved your dream goal.
- Start every day from scratch. Sustainable excellence is about getting better every day. …
- Surround yourself with people who will tell you like it is. …
- Focus on process instead of outcome. …
- Continuously learn and adapt. …
- Recharge the batteries.
4. Continuously learn and adapt.
Many successful people and organizations rely on the same methods that brought them to the top to keep them there. While you do need core philosophies, principles and values to achieve sustainable excellence, you must also adapt techniques and approaches to remain current with best practices and trends. For example, even the most conservative companies in the world have a social media strategy. They may have been hesitant when the phenomenon first began, but successful organizations understood their employees, customers and fans communicate through social media and expect the organizations they patronize to do the same.
EXCERPT: Lifelong Learning for Lifelong Success
Along with hundreds of other proud graduates, Doreetha Daniels was awarded her associate’s degree from the College of the Canyons in 2015. But Doreetha was hardly a “traditional” college student in comparison to most. And, because of that, her walk across the graduation stage was really more of a dance set to the rhythm of thundering applause from everyone attending the ceremony.
Doreetha made history that day as the school’s first-ever grad to earn a degree at the age of 99! In a press release following this momentous event, the nonagenarian reported that she went back to school for one reason…to better herself. Having dedicated six years to her coursework, her degree is a testament to Doreetha’s unwavering commitment to lifelong learning.
What is Lifelong Learning?
Lifelong learning (LLL) is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. While few of us will seek a college degree in our nineties, like Doreetha did, statistics show that increasing numbers of people are pursuing further education, training, or certification as mid-careerists. In addition, recent college grads understand that earning a degree by no means marks the end of knowledge and skills acquisition.
CREDIT: The above snippet is from https://careervision.org/lifelong-learning-lifelong-success/. Please take a moment to read the remainder of the webpage. Great information!
Key quotes to stir your passion for learning.
Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent. Billy Graham
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Pele
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. Will Rogers
We tend to create steady patterns in our daily lives due to values that bring meaning and hopefully spell out some purpose. The key to learning and adapting is allowing constant self-awareness of where we are now in this creative process and where we truly want to be. The question remains as we look in the mirror everyday. Who Am I? Proverbs 18 contains a wealth of insight. Direct your focus to verse 15 in closing:
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
SIncerely Yours,Stephen P. Shain