A friend of mine creates posts on Facebook under the caption: “Quotes from people who aren’t famous and don’t have cool pictures.” A couple of weeks ago, he posted, “Sometimes all we know is that we don’t know.” I replied, “And not knowing is a whole lot better than thinking you know it all.”
In my life coaching work, I often come face-to-face with a pattern of thinking that is so predominant and so pervasive that it has its own name – the “I Know It Syndrome.” Clients will pay their money, keep their appointments, but often the engagement stops there. Every principle discussed and every idea presented in the various programs often is met with an attitude of “I know that” or “I know it.” Take a look at the characteristics of the “I Know It Syndrome:
Discovery Question – How often do you say, “I know it” or “I know that”? Never, rarely, occasionally, or often?
Transformation and positive change begins with an open mind. The filter within your mind that shuts out new ideas and possibilities is that part of you that doesn’t want anything to change, even if you are not happy with your current results. This week, be aware of when you may say or think, “I know it” or “I know that.” Then ask yourself, would I like anything to be different here? Am I willing to challenge the “I know it” filter and actually do something different in order to achieve different results?