Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Simple Quiz Reveals an Amazing Fact of Human Nature

A brief quiz...

Which will make the biggest difference for you to get what you want in your work and personal life?

A. What you look like - physical attractiveness, wardrobe, etc.

B. Who you are - Knowledge, skill, experience, wisdom, health & fitness

Did you pick B? I bet you did. "A" is really nice if you can make it happen, but where the rubber meets the road it won't get you very far, not even in your relationships.

Yes, "B" is where the action is, and you know it. BY FAR, most people pick B.

But you know what's amazing? When it comes to investing in themselves, most people spend much, much more time, personal energy and money on "A," trying to improve their personal appearance, than they do on "B," getting stronger as individuals.

Maybe it's human nature to avoid doing the hard things.

It's easy to get your nails done. It's hard to lose 25 pounds.

It's delightful to indulge in your favorite guilty pleasure. Changing a bad habit can seem frustrating and even painful.

It's fun to shop for bling. Mastering a new skill or area of knowledge takes long-term commitment.

Of course all people aren't like this. There are always the notable exceptions - lifelong learners, people who work on personal development, people who are so motivated to achieve their goals that they work on preparing themselves to make it happen.

What about you? Are you one of these notable exceptions?

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2013. Building Personal Strength .

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