â€œStubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.â€
Michel de Montaigne
Â I love the quote above. Itâ€™s perfect for some of the people we know and love. No matter how book smart someone may be,Â or even if theyâ€™ve had their own experiences, it never summates to what the whole world or life is about.
Â You know whatâ€™s worse than a know-it-all? A person who doesnâ€™t know something but is too stubborn to want to learn. We all know these people. It can be a co-worker, an ex girlfriend or boyfriend, a former or current client, or Justin Bieber (because we all know his â€œfriendsâ€ are straight leeches). Itâ€™s SOMEONE who refuses to let go of the emotional attachment to whatever the situation is so that it can, in turn, work out better for the person.
Â You know what I hear often?
Â â€œLouis, I donâ€™t know how to do it.â€ â€œI donâ€™t remember what that is.â€ â€œI canâ€™tâ€¦â€ â€œI wonâ€™tâ€¦â€ â€œI donâ€™t know ifâ€¦â€
Â NEGATIVE WORDS.
Â This is the type of thinking that will not allow you to grow, not only in your fitness endeavors whatever they are but also in the real world.
Â â€œBut Louis, Iâ€™m successful in the real world, what about that?â€ Then why donâ€™t you take that same attitude and drive that puts money in your bank account and put it in to your mind, body, and spirit? Letâ€™s be brutally honest, before you cap your salary, especially if youâ€™re doing well, your body will break down if you do not take care of it.
Â Step outside your comfort zone. Itâ€™s ok not to know something. Ask questions (but donâ€™t refute the answer if it doesnâ€™t jive with your thought process). Itâ€™s how we learn and grow. Itâ€™s when you shut your mind down to learning because you are stuck in your ways. Not only is that a major turn off to whomever is trying to help, you will be resentful towards yourself because you will not get what you are trying to accomplish.
Â Stubbornness sucks. Really. Itâ€™s one of my biggest pet peeves and something that we all need to change, including myself. When you can do that, the amount of information out there to help mold you in to a better person is better accepted.