Why is “I always do it this way” a lame excuse?

Are you open to step out of your comfort zone or are you stuck in the mud?  I know that it goes against our instincts, but every once in a while we need to actually think about why it is we do what we do and if it is actually working for us. If we dare to take a good honest look at why we do things and their results, we may find ourselves in need of some adjustments.

Think about it. If you were on a plane enjoying your flight,  and then because of a sudden illness, a pilot replacement is needed.  Whom would you rather have in the pilot cabin, a pilot that trained 10 years ago and who is used to doing things “the old way” or one who is current with the latest developments in his or her field?

We should be open to examine the things we do, why we do them, and if they are really working to place us where we could gain the most advantage. It is all about our willingness to listen and learn. It is about being open to learn, unlearn and relearn when needed.

 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9

Only a teachable person can gain wisdom. All the good advice in the world won’t help if you don’t have a teachable spirit. Being gifted, talented or accomplished is not good enough. 

We must be teachable. We cannot learn or discover better ways of doing things if we already “know it all” or  won’t be taught.

 Teachable – to be ready and willing to be taught.

*What does “I always do it this way” say about you? It says that you are stuck in the mud.

 Don’t be stuck in old ways of doing things if better ways to do these things are available!

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3 Comments

  1. Good post Akcielo ~ 😉
    It reminds me of a lady who used to cut the ends off of her ham before she cooked them. When asked by her husband “why do you cut off pefectly good pieces of ham before cooking it?” She paused for a moment and said, “I can’t remember exactly why, but mom and grandma used to do it that way and I know it is important.”
    Later when mom came over for dinner, the husband mentioned the conversation with his wife asked her the reason she cut the ends off, Mom replied laughing. “I cut it off because the pan we had was too small”.
    Sometimes we do things because someone else did it that way and there is no logical reason for it. It would be wise to evaluate what we do and why we do it … and more importantly, what we believe and why we believe it.
    Thanks for the good word of wisdom.
    XOXO Jack

    • Thanks! Yes, what we do and believe do have a great impact in ourlives reason why we need to examine them.

  2. Reblogged this on Proverbs 4 Today.

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