- Jul 1, 2003Ignorance might be bliss for some
matters, but when you are looking at
your personality and behavior, ignorance
is not bliss. Without insight into your
attitudes and behaviors, you are stuck
with unconsciously repeating them --
whether they work well for you or not.
Consider the differences between your ordinary work behaviors and how you
might work on an important project or
job assignment. When you are assigned important projects, you apply your intelligence, education, and experience
and may consult with your peers to ensure the best possible outcome. You make a conscious effort to apply all your
business smarts and technical knowledge
to make sure the job is done right.
Contrast this with your everyday approach
to work. For most people, their work
behaviors are more often the result of
unconscious processes -- habits --
than of carefully crafted efforts.
Illogical as it may be, people tend to
ignore (or blame others for) past
failures and problems and simply repeat
what has not worked for them in the past.
People seldom apply their intelligence, education, experience, or a peer review process to their behavioral repertoire.
It is the rare individual whose work
behavior is the result of a methodical,
thoughtful, critiqued effort.
Because most people do not make conscious
behavioral choices, they "default," or revert, to personality-driven habits,
many of which are counterproductive.
Peter Ustinov said, "Once we are
destined to live out our lives in the
prison of our mind, our one duty is to furnish it well."
from InnerSelf magazine long form: