I’m sure there are times in life when you feel like you have (nearly) everything figured out, and others when you feel you know nothing at all.
But one thing is for sure.
We never stop learning.
Every experience teaches us something new, and that’s something we can be grateful for.
In this ever-changing world, I’m continuously striving to learn new skills, and when I sense any doubt, there are 5 things I like to remind myself of so that I can keep pushing through. I hope they help you too:
1. Focus on one thing
Ask yourself: What area of life can I focus on right now? What’s that 1 step I can take today? Choose 1 thing. Study it and shut out the outer world.
By being specific and focusing on 1 thing, it’s much easier to avoid feeling overwhelmed and giving up.
2. Don’t be afraid to fail
If you want to learn a new language or dance salsa, most likely you’ll have to practice over and over again until you get the right pronunciation or the right moves. So don’t try to avoid feelings of frustration. Embrace uncertainty as part of the process.
If you have an open mind about experimenting with new learning methods, then you’ll love this:
Some friends of mine stumbled upon an astonishingly easy and perfectly ethical ‘mind hack’ that lets you master any new skill in just minutes by absorbing the genius of any of the world’s greatest visionaries – all by simply thinking about them!
This fascinating method comes from a series of secret psychological experiments performed in 1970 Soviet Russia.
I know it sounds strange, and even a little crazy, and that’s because it is, but it’s definitely worth trying.
Simply said: you can’t remember what you don’t connect with.
In fact, many memory experts say the best way to remember something is to associate it with something you already know.
If there are no mental “hooks” for new knowledge to catch on, it tends to go in one ear and out the other.
5. Enjoy the ride
It’s easy to feel frustrated when we feel we’re not making progress, or that things are moving too slowly.
Yet, the answer is to forget about the speed of our progress, and instead focus on enjoying the process of learning.
When we’re enjoying ourselves, instead of focusing on where we want to be, we can relax and learn faster. We can be grateful for where we are, and for having the opportunity to learn at all. If you’ve fallen down, then acknowledge the progress you’ve made so far.
It’s like going on a road trip. Rather than getting anxious about when you’ll arrive at your destination, enjoy the music, the scenery, and the beauty around you.
See, learning is an exciting opportunity to experience something new, to play and to have fun 😉