‘Change is the end result of all true learning’
Brendon Patrick - TOTEM FITNESS
Use it or You Will Lose it
Picture a dry garden bed where all the flowers have shrivelled up with the ground hard and lifeless.
On the surface, the garden bed may appear unfertile and not conducive to growth; however, if we dig up and turn the soil over we can reveal the fertile soil beneath a crusty surface.
Picture your mind as the garden bed; to keep it growing, we need to keep the soil (mind) fertile by constantly turning over the fresh soil and regularly planting new seeds (ideas, goals, skills and knowledge) to make your garden grow and flourish!
We can achieve this through the process of learning which places a fresh stimulus on the brain, at regular intervals and, keep the soil turning over to promote new growth.
Creating Yourself a Bucket List
Can you think of any new skills you’d like to master or new knowledge you’d like to empower yourself with?
Write them down!
By creating yourself a bucket list, you generate for yourself a fertile mind that is ready to grow. The list could be filled with anything, from learning to play guitar, reading about nutrition or learning a new language.
Maybe learning how to perform a proper squat in the gym could be making its way onto your list!
There are no rules here, your list can contain whatever you want and be as long as you feel.
And, because this is your list for only you to tick off, you must only be filled with something that you’ll love to ensure that the list will never run out!
How Long Does it Take to learn a New Skill
According to Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours; with a focused and systematic approach, you can achieve the basics of any new skill in as little as 20 hours.
While it may actually take closer to 10 000 hours to master a skill, it’s actually within the first hour where the seeds will have been sewn!
While this certainly isn’t the most definitive account on how to learn a new skill, it certainly offer up enough insight as to why you should be learning on a regular basis; after all, you either use or you will lose it!
Furthermore, by adopting the concepts I’ve outlined, there’s more than enough incentive for you to create your process for change via a willingness to learn.
Overcoming Some Obstacles
Although this habit will be harder for some to adopt then others and, it can be a large step outside the comfort zone, but we must persist and overcome these mental obstacles.
What we’re trying to achieve here is an alternate way of thinking. For some, this will be a large step outside of their comfort zone to initiate a process for change and personal growth.
If along the way you find yourself struggling for answers and can’t break through your obstacles, take a look within your own mindset, because it holds the key to personal growth and change!
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