A recent post by Seth Godin talks about how we often waste time teaching people things they’re not really committed to learning.
We might teach someone the technique they need to be good at flute, C++, or soccer, he says, “but most people don’t want to commit until after they’ve discovered that they can be good at something.”
His solution is to teach commitment first. Because then they’ll stick to it.
But how do you teach commitment?
The Churning sees it slightly differently. The Churning says that if there’s a commitment problem then it’s because people are bored. And if they’re bored it’s because the things they are learning are not really engaging them.
The solution is not to “teach people to commit.” As with a relationship you can’t just say “Commit dammit!” The person has to know what they are looking for, what touches their inner being, their personality, their soul. They have to know themselves.
Once they are clear on that then they will be able to commit－to the person, the flute, C++, soccer, or whatever they know is right for them.
Motivation, satisfaction, and results come best when people act from a deep knowledge and understanding of who they are and what they want in the world.
One way to achieve this is to try things out: to learn something new, and as Seth says to find out whether they want to commit or not.
An alternative is to use The Churning’s tools of inner leadership to uncover a deeper understanding of yourself: your values, your purpose, and a vision of what you’d like to create next. Then you’ll be able to look for it and find it in the world.
Commitment comes first, yes. But it’s an inside job that people have to teach themselves.
“Education”, after all, means “drawing out” what is already inside the person, not pushing in a stronger commitment to something they don’t really want to do.