Recently, our school's principal shared with the staff an article from the Harvard Business Review. The article is entitled, "If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions," and it's written by Peter Bregman, leadership expert, best-selling author, and CEO.
Our principal thought the article was worth sharing, and I, in turn, definitely think it's worth sharing with all of you. He told us the article reminds him of conversations he recently had with several students regarding the ACT test. These students expressed to him how they wished they had better prepared and studied for the test.
Here are the two questions posed by Mr. Bregman, but I encourage you to read the full article for some awesome context and examples, which you can read by clicking here:
1) Do you want to do better?
2) Are you willing to feel the discomfort of putting in more effort and trying new things that will feel weird and different and won’t work right away?
These are questions that anyone who truly wants to get better at anything needs to really wrestle with. And if you can, after having that internal discussion and debate with yourself, genuinely answer "yes" to both of them, especially to that second one, then you're on your way to some serious improvement.
Being open to trying new approaches and to being accepting of occasional short-term challenges, setbacks, and failures in exchange for the long-term win, is absolutely critical. If you're not open-minded, patient, and willing to put in the work and feel the occasional pain, then success will not come your way.