Has your get up and go, got up and gone....
Think about it!
When is the last time you woke up in the morning and said, "Today I'm going to do (insert skill development) to become better at what I do?"
You probably don't remember do you?
If you're like most, you wake up with a list of all the millions of things you should have done yesterday and the many more you need to do today.
Rinse and Repeat!
Well as downright exhausting as that sounds, it's the reality. A sad reality!
STOP IT!!!! You're a professional and your brain deserves to be expanded. Your soul requires you to be experiencing new things.
Learning is your new addictionLearning takes on a whole new meaning when it becomes fun. Similar to binge watching your favourite show on Netflix, when you start to learn something new there is a Dopamine rush that goes through your brain and gives you that amazing feeling you've been looking for.
The "WOW this is great!" moment.
Try something new
If you've always learned by reading, try listening, try watching. Give your brain a new way of consuming information and you'd be surprised how it receives it.
Learn by doing
When you hear about a new skill or enhanced way of doing something in your business, try to do it within 24 hours of learning it. Even if it's not perfect, the simple act of putting it into action will help it get concreted into your mind.
Teach what you learn
Have you ever had someone tell you something and then ask you to repeat back to them what it is they want you to do? It's not because they are being difficult, it's because it's a learning tool.
When you are forced to repeat back something you learned to another person it's confirming first that you grasped it, but secondly, saying things outwardly (not always vocally), helps you remember it as well.
It also gives an opportunity to catch and correct any misconceptions you may have had.
Don't try to cram a month's worth of learning into one day because "you have the time".
Your brain has two modes, "focused" and "diffused". Like physical training you're not going to build muscles by doing 6 hard hours at the gym. You're going to get stronger with 12, 30 minutes sessions with time in between to heal and replenish.
So I recommend that you start doing something for 30-60 minutes monthly at first, then ramp it up to bi-monthly, then weekly.
Retention Rates Matter
The pyramid above illustrates an important message. In a study by the National Training Laboratories they found that the following methods have a varied amount of information retention - from being lectured having the least and teaching or immediate use having the most.
The Seven Learning Styles
There are essentially 7 different learning styles for humans. I know you have a preference to which ones you favour.
Now there is debate around if one style is better than another, or if you are able to learn from an alternate style than what you prefer. I'm no scientist, nor have I played one on tv, so I'll leave that up to the guys in the white lab coats to decide.
- Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
You're busy and life is hectic, but I want you to feel happy and fulfilled in what you do. So please make an effort to explore things that expand your brain, make you smile and ultimately give you the gratification you deserve.
It doesn't have to be business related all the time. Take up a hobby like welding, underwater juggling, it doesn't matter as long as it means something to you.