In this day and age, to become more effective in your professional life you must be willing to commit to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to help make your work more productive, profitable, meaningful and satisfying. The list of opportunities for personal and professional growth seems limitless.
Formal classes are available through colleges, technical schools and free universities in some metropolitan areas. The Internet, the local library and educational television all make learning opportunities readily available.
It is one thing to have the possibilities of learning in front of you, it is quite another to take the next step. You ask, “How can I take that next step?” Consider these ideas:
- A healthy body means a healthy mind. There is a strong belief in some quarters that as you exercise the body you are not only building physical strength and endurance, but you are building “grey matter” and brain power as well. Exercise that builds hand-eye coordination develops brain growth. This growth helps make more connections in the brain. As a result you become more efficient in your thinking and learning. It’s time to get physical!
- Let your body speak to you. Listen to what it tells you. Your body is a marvelous instrument. Use the messages it gives you. We all have learning styles that we use to help us learn. Some of us are visual, some are spatial, and others are auditory learners. Others learn by experiential means. Sometimes the work you are doing resists your favored learning style. As a result your prime learning instrument resists learning because the material taught and the method used to learn it are out of sync. When this happens to you, listen to your body and try another approach to break down the resistance so you can learn more easily.
- Know where you want to go. Before you take a trip you usually know where you are going. The same should be true with learning. Know what you want to achieve, what problem you want to solve, what information you need to have and what will tell you that your learning journey has been successful before you start. You will be more efficient, more focused and more productive.
A nursing home resident once told me, “Young man, to learn is to grow. To learn a lot is to get really smart. If you get really smart, you can truly enjoy life, make money and you’ll be happier.” Good advice – Commit to learning.