Oct 8, 2017
Today I am talking about effective learning and
When people are learning and growing, it makes them more
valuable. More valuable to themselves in the form of
self-confidence and self-worth and upgraded intra-personal skills.
It makes them more valuable to their families, improves
interpersonal skills and their relationships. And certainly, makes
them more valuable in business, because when you are growing as an
individual, and as a manager or a leader in an organization, it
brings other people along that growth pattern with you - AND –
helps the organization to grow!
So, here are my 5 tips on learning
- Know how you learn. Are you primarily -
visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Do you learn better in a classroom,
or by watching someone else? Do you learn with someone guiding you,
and just going after it, taking action. These methods are all
valuable. To be effective at teaching others, you must know what
your areas of strength are and be an effective student first. You
cannot teach what you don’t know, and it’s certainly more difficult
to teach in a method that you are not good at.
- Learn completely, versus learning everything you can as
quickly as possible. Spaced reputation is a learning
technique that means you study your subject matter and then take a
break. You have to have time in between. There are many experts
that state it takes 26 spaced repetitions to learn a skill. So for
example: Learning a new sales process will take a new salesperson
repeating the skill, 26 days or times in a row. There is that time
gap, break and sleep in between. But, if practiced daily that is
how over time you repeat the result that you want. You’ve heard the
saying, “Nothing worth doing comes quickly and easily.” Knowledge
and growth are valuable… so it’s going to take time to be effective
and certainly to become an expert.
- Teach yourself to ignore other people’s agendas and
approval. If you are more worried about what other people
think than what is the right thing for you right now, you may as
well stop reading. Other people want to push their opinions and
agendas on you to keep you at a similar level to what they are at.
If you are growing and they are not, then they may realize it is a
problem with themselves. They will openly share their agenda or
disproval with you to try and keep you in an area that is
comfortable for them. This may not be what is right for you!
- Learn from mistakes. Your mistakes, other
people’s mistakes. All mistakes have value and you can learn from
them. The key is that when you make a mistake, acknowledge that it
is a mistake – and DON’T REPEAT it! If you continue to repeat a
mistake or to do something incorrectly, it’s no longer a mistake,
it’s a choice. Study your mistakes, embrace them, and make certain
that you perform the skill differently in the future if you want a
- Know that your brain changes over time.
Scientific studies on the brain show that the human brain is
constantly changing. New pathways are constantly created or
recreated. As your brain changes, so does your mindset. Many things
will change throughout your life, even the ways you learn and
communicate. As you grow you can likely see the changes and
upgrades you have made in your own life. You think differently in
your 40’s versus in your teens. You think differently and learn as
a single person, versus married. As a couple versus parents, your
brain and yourself are constantly being recreated. Let it happen,
embrace the constant of change for yourself.
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