Have you ever encountered someone who is unteachable? They know everything, or so they think. You see them heading in the wrong direction but they will not listen to anyone but themselves and there is nothing you can do. It is like watching a speeding train heading towards a wreck in slow motion. This week we talk about an unteachable spirit (a pattern or mindset) and unteachable moments (which we all have on occasion).
Notes from the video
How can you recognize if you are unteachable, or having an unteachable moment?
- Constantly making bad decisions and not learning from previous experience
- Surround yourself with people that will always affirm you and never challenge you
- Will not consider other options or points of view
- Get angry when someone suggests ideas you don’t agree with
- Do not like being presented with facts that contradict your opinion
- Unwilling to engage in new learning opportunities
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.
The root of being unteachable is pride
When you find yourself in an unteachable moment,
- Stop, slow down, pray
- Once you’ve calmed down, listen to others without saying anything (stop talking)
- Give careful consideration to what they are saying
- Get additional input from people with expertise and experience
- Engage in life long learning (take a course, study something new)
Motivation challenge for this week
Think of a past event where, in hindsight, you had an unteachable moment. How did you feel when people were trying to tell you something? That feeling should be a warning sign or red flag. Ask yourself, what am I going to do differently next time I have that same feeling?
Take 5 minutes now, think about it, write down what you felt, write down what you will do differently next time.
Have a great week and many teachable moments.