Even the Smallest Change (In Learning) Can Change Your Life Forever
Feb 2, 2010 Learning Methodology 3765 Views
At the beginning of a new year, in spring, on your birthday, when you are in an upbeat state of mind, you wish or hope, or your intuition just tells you, that next year will be better than last - in at least one area of your life that has room for improvement.
Learning Is Vastly Underrated
What has learning got to do with a new and better life? Even the smallest change in how you learn can enhance your life forever. It is one of the best little known secrets around, because learning, like air we breathe, is taken for granted and often overlooked. Remember the first thing you did when you came into this life, right after taking your first breath? You immediately got down to the business of learning about the world around you. You were so tickled by the results and got so busy learning, you never stopped and never took the time to really learn about learning (or about breathing). A big mistake, because learning right, as opposed to just learning, can forever enhance your life in very significant ways. The power of learning to improve your life is vastly underrated.
How you learn determines what you know. What you know determines what you do. What you do (and refrain from doing) in turn produces the results you are seeing, and your results added up are your life. Change how you learn and you change your life! Simple, legal, inexpensive, lasting, good for you and others, works every time and never fails - beats artificial life sweeteners by miles.
How We Learn
All learning involves teaching. Sometimes the teacher is an actual person in an actual classroom, but other times the teacher has no face and the lessons "just happens." Most knowledge is gained outside the classroom, when there is no-one around but you and life has just handed you the roles of both teacher and student. Take a minute to imagine - the teacher and student both played by you. Does the teacher possess mastery of both teaching and learning? What would you teach yourself? How would you teach it? Is the student hungry to learn and explore? Is there joy, harmony and anticipation in the air? To take your learning and your life to a whole new level, simply learn to make your vision of you the best teacher and you the best student, real.
What We Learn
While learning comes in many shapes and forms, the learning cycle typically consists of by a) learning about the world around us, b) learning about life, c) learning about success, and lastly, d) learning about ourselves. While closely entwined, the basic areas of learning - the world, life, success and ourselves - are nevertheless separate entities. Each is subject to its own cycles as it were. It is quite possible to achieve great progress in one area while remaining utterly stuck and confused in another. The world is full of people who "know everything" yet fail miserably, or of people who "know nothing" yet enjoy tremendous success. And who does not know of a person who is truly successful in one area of life, such as in his or her chosen profession, yet unable to transfer success to other areas of their life, such as their health or relationships?
Change Your Learning = Change Your Life
The first step to change your learning and your life (for the better), is to eliminate all learning... except the learning required for doing what you believe are great things. The only way to have a truly great life, is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work, is to love what you do. If you have not found out yet what you love to do, focus all your learning on how to find out. Learn to ask the right questions. If today were the last day of your life, would you do what you are about to do today? Whenever the answer is "No" for too many days in a row, you know you need to change something. Keep looking. Do not settle. Do not lose faith. Let go of everything you can hold on with your hands, let go of everything you can hold on with your mind, but never let go of your faith and never let go with your heart, for your heart already knows what you truly want to become. Most else is noise and distraction.
Happy new learning and happy new life!
- "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vincent Lombardi
- "Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant." - Steven Covey
- "The whole course of things is to teach us faith." - Emerson
- "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself." - Galileo
- "Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." - Hector Berlioz