What is the difference between a man and a dog? And more importantly, what does this question have to do with success or personal development?
Here is the difference. It might take a few minutes to register, so read it more than once, if you have to.
When a man knows something, upon close reflection he knows that he knows.
A dog may know something. But a dog will never know that it knows.
A dog may know, but it can never know that it knows.
A man may know and can know that he knows.
Ok let's use an example:
Think of a language that you cannot speak. Let's assume it's German.
So, let's say you do not know how to speak German.
Now, here is the thing.
You don't know German. But you know that you don't know German.
Now, let's reverse this to a positive statement.
Let's say you drive a car. You know how to drive and you know that you know how to drive a car.
Let's use a dogs example.
Let's say a dog knows how to fetch a ball.
Do you think the dog knows that it knows how to fetch a ball?
No, a dog may know how to fetch a ball but it doesn't know that it knows how to fetch a ball.
A dog just does. It doesn't think. He doesn't have the awareness to observe what he knows and what he doesn't know. He does things without conscious thought.
Man can think. Man can exercise conscious thinking. He can observe his thoughts. He can practice awareness, and think about what he is doing.
However, do not be mistaken. Just because a man CAN think, it doesn't mean he DOES think.
In fact most men do not reflect on what they know or what they don't know. They seldom exercise this real form of thinking and reflection.
They never take the time to work out what is working or not working.
They just keep doing, the same thing, over and over again, even if it is not working, because they are in the 'doing' mode, and they can't separate themselves from their unconscious patterns, and observe what they are doing, and whether it is working for them.
That's why they repeat their habits. They repeat their thoughts. They repeat their behaviors. And they repeat their results.
Over and over again.
This is why people who need help the most are the least likely to seek it out.
Because they don't know they need help.
If they did, they would seek it out. They would know that what they are doing and how they are thinking (or not thinking), isn't working for them.
But they never make the time to step back, and think. And because of this, no matter how much they try to break away from their circumstances, they remain bound to them.