Reality

The Foundation of Learning
Ron McIntyre
Certified Speaker, Teacher and Coach
Transformative Leadership Group
Febr...
Accountability
How did you integrate
“Humility” as a focus on
learning into your life
this past week?

TLG - SYWSYL - 2014...
Reality is the Foundation of Learning


If we want to succeed in life and to learn from
our losses, we must be able to fa...
Facing Reality
is Often Difficult?
Blame Other People
Rationalize Or
Make Excuses
Retreat Into Our
Own Little World

TLG -...
Losing Sight of Reality
We cannot create positive change in
our lives if we are confused about
what‟s really happening.
• ...
Drawbacks of Not Facing Reality


We cannot create positive change
in our lives if we are confused
about what's really ha...
Three Realities of Life


1) Life Is Difficult

Everyone‟s reality is
different. However, there
are some
 realities that...
Three Realities of Life


2) Life is Difficult for
EVERYONE

Even if we are willing to
concede that life is difficult for...
Three Realities of Life


3) Life is more difficult for
some than for others.

Life is more difficult for
some people tha...
Don‟t Make Life Harder for
Yourself


Key 1: Life is more
difficult for those
who stop growing
and learning.



Some peo...
Don‟t Make Life Harder for
Yourself


Key 2: Life is more
difficult for those
who don’t think
effectively.
“Change Your
T...
Don‟t Make Life Harder for
Yourself


Key 3: Life is more
difficult for those
who don’t face
reality.

“Most people spend...
Don‟t Make Life Harder for
Yourself


Key 4: Life is more
difficult for those
who are slow to
make proper
adjustments.

“...
Don‟t Make Life Harder for
Yourself


Key 5: Life is more
difficult for those
who don’t respond
correctly to
challenges.
...
Questions to Ponder


“Leadership is about creating a domain in which
human beings continually deepen their
understanding...
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  1. 1. Reality The Foundation of Learning Ron McIntyre Certified Speaker, Teacher and Coach Transformative Leadership Group February, 2014
  2. 2. Accountability How did you integrate “Humility” as a focus on learning into your life this past week? TLG - SYWSYL - 2014 2
  3. 3. Reality is the Foundation of Learning  If we want to succeed in life and to learn from our losses, we must be able to face reality and use it to create a foundation for growth.  The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. Why is this so important? 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  4. 4. Facing Reality is Often Difficult? Blame Other People Rationalize Or Make Excuses Retreat Into Our Own Little World TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  5. 5. Losing Sight of Reality We cannot create positive change in our lives if we are confused about what‟s really happening. • As much as an escape from reality might give us temporary relief from our problems, the truth is it's easier to go from failure to success than it is from excuses to success. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  6. 6. Drawbacks of Not Facing Reality  We cannot create positive change in our lives if we are confused about what's really happening.  You can't improve yourself if you're not being honest with yourself. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  7. 7. Three Realities of Life  1) Life Is Difficult Everyone‟s reality is different. However, there are some  realities that are true for all life.  People seem to believe that life is supposed to be easy. We expect a smooth and easy road to success. Once we accept the fact that life is hard, we begin to grow. Nothing worth having in life comes without effort. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  8. 8. Three Realities of Life  2) Life is Difficult for EVERYONE Even if we are willing to concede that life is difficult for most people, deep down inside many of us secretly hope somehow that this truth won‟t apply to us. “The walking of man is falling forwards.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson The people who succeed in life don‟t try to escape pain, loss, or unfairness. They just learn to face those things, accept them, and move ahead in the face of them. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  9. 9. Three Realities of Life  3) Life is more difficult for some than for others. Life is more difficult for some people than it is for others. The playing field is not level. Comparing our lives to others ultimately isn‟t productive. Life isn‟t fair, and we shouldn‟t expect it to be. “The challenges in our lives are there to strengthen our convictions. They are NOT there to run us over.” – Nick Vujicic 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  10. 10. Don‟t Make Life Harder for Yourself  Key 1: Life is more difficult for those who stop growing and learning.  Some people never make the intentional effort to grow.  Others don‟t value growth and hope to progress in life without pursuing it.  For such people, life is more difficult than it would be if they were dedicating themselves to continual improvement. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  11. 11. Don‟t Make Life Harder for Yourself  Key 2: Life is more difficult for those who don’t think effectively. “Change Your Thinking, Change Your life.” – John C. Maxwell One of the most striking things that separate people who are successful from those who aren‟t is the way they think. Successful people are continually thinking about what they‟re doing, why they‟re doing it, and how they can improve. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  12. 12. Don‟t Make Life Harder for Yourself  Key 3: Life is more difficult for those who don’t face reality. “Most people spend their entire lives on a fantasy island called „Someday I‟ll.‟” – Denis Waitley Life is difficult. However, many things you desire to do in life are attainable if you will face reality, know your starting place, consider the cost of your goal, and put in the hard work to obtain your goal. Ensure you have people in your life who will speak the truth to you. “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.” - Jack Welch 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  13. 13. Don‟t Make Life Harder for Yourself  Key 4: Life is more difficult for those who are slow to make proper adjustments. “I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments.” – Coach K The stress of a difficult situation can make you forget your plan and if you don‟t handle the situation well, you won‟t be able to make adjustments. If you face reality, you can create a foundation making it possible for you to make proper adjustments. And that greatly increases your odds of success. I can‟t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  14. 14. Don‟t Make Life Harder for Yourself  Key 5: Life is more difficult for those who don’t respond correctly to challenges. People who respond correctly to adversity realize that their response to a challenge is what impacts the outcome. They accept and acknowledge the reality of their situation, and then act accordingly. 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
  15. 15. Questions to Ponder  “Leadership is about creating a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and become more capable o participating in the unfolding world. Ultimately, leadership is about creating new realities.” – Peter Senge 2/12/2014 TLG - SYWSYL - 2014
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