“The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brian Herbert
“I’ll have plenty of time to learn it later”, “I am too old to learn” or “It’s too late for me” are common excuses to stop learning. The moment you stop learning is the instant you begin to age. To stand still, to stop learning, or worse to think that you know all that you need to know is a major mistake.
Continuous learning is a simple process. Taking small learning steps leads to massive learning over time. All it takes is consistency and before you know it, it will become a way of life. Develop a Lifelong Learning Plan by deciding consciously to acquire and apply knowledge and new skills every day. Most people are on a learn-what-they-need-now plan. Where do you want to be?
Identify and create environments that support and inspire you, both within and outside of your home. Explore different learning environments and choose locations that keep your energy up. Explore how you learn and how you retain information. If you learn visually, you may prefer books and pictures. If you learn by listening, invest in CDs and seminars. If you learn best through touch, hands-on workshops may be best for you. However, the more senses you involve when learning, the greater the chance that you will absorb and retain information.
A powerful way of retaining information is to use both the creative and analytical parts of your mind. The combining of the analytical left-side brain with the creative right-side brain while reading or listening keeps your mind strong and flexible. Your power to absorb and retain knowledge is limitless. Be sure that what you listen to contributes to your growth and self-esteem.
Maximize your time, energy, and focus by setting both long and short-term learning goals. Create a learning plan for your year. You can’t learn everything all at once so you must set priorities for those subjects that interest you the most.
Let learning by your never-ending journey.