It must have gone on for a year. I would stop at the Wawa gas station on the way to work for gas or coffee and pull into the spot next to the free air pump. I had to fill my front left tire with air, as it had a slow but constant leak that required my attention at least once a week.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that has done this. I told myself I would get it fixed when I had time. But we all know that if you don’t make time you will never have time. And getting a tire leak repaired is not usually high on our list of priorities.
Our minds are very similar to a leaky tire. Much like air in a tire, we fill our brains with information and knowledge. The assumption is that because we put the information and knowledge into our brain it will be there when we need it in the future. However, just like a leaky tire, we have leaky minds. Think back to a book that you read over six months ago. How much of it can you remember? Probably not much. If you are a church goer, think back 8 weeks and try to remember what the sermon was about. If you are like me you will quickly discover that you have a leaky mind.
This is why I have found it very important to consistently review the books and materials that have helped shape my life and business pursuits. In football, my coach would refer to this as getting back to the blocking and the tackling. Why did we need to get back to such basic fundamentals when we were halfway through the season? Because he knew that our minds were not airtight!
3 Tips for a Leaky Mind
1. Prepare for the Leak
When I read a book or other educational material I highlight and tab anything that I find useful. I do this because I realize that within a matter of weeks or months I will have a hard time remembering anything more than the general premise of the book. This allows me to pick up any book I have read and in a matter of 15-30 minutes I can skim the tabs and highlights and refill my mind with the knowledge that has slowly leaked.
2. Don’t Let Your Mind Go Flat
If you don’t take time to fill your leaky tire, you will end up with a flat. It is important to fill the mind with the principles and knowledge that push you forward and keep you growing. The beauty of refilling is that it takes much less time and energy to repair a leak than it does to fill it once it’s gone flat.
3. Don’t Throw Out Your Manual
Often people will stop attending seminars, reading books, or engaging in learning because they feel that they already have all the knowledge they need in a particular area. At times I have caught myself thinking this way, but then I remember that I have never been in an environment of learning where I didn’t leave with a new perspective or having filled an area that had become leaky.
Learning is a continual process and your education will need to be refreshed throughout life. Never assume that because you have read or listened to something that you know it. What seems like old material to you can often give you the new perspective you need!