I once heard a conference speaker say that as a manager he would pay for any sort of learning one of his employees wanted to pursue. Often learning something in one area provides inspiration and insight to us in another. He knew this.
Whether intentional or as a by-product of a life event, learning is foundational to growth and development. If you can’t think of a few things you’ve learned over the past couple of days, it’s probably time to pay more attention. Be more deliberate.
Here we go….
- Is there something that you want to learn and haven’t yet? What’s holding you back? Make a plan to move toward the goal by figuring out whether it’s time, money, or some other commitment needed. Find what it will take for you to execute and make a plan to get it done.
- Next time you participate in an activity that isn’t what you usually do, take a few moments following the event and think about what it taught you. What did you learn about yourself? About your relationship with the individuals around you?
- Pull an unread non-fiction book off your bookshelf and read it. Read them all? Buy a new one and read it.
- We learn so much when we teach others. What do you know that you can pass on? What would you like to learn more about so that information can be shared? Like the actions in the first bullet, make a plan to make it happen.
Finally, enjoy the process. It’s not usually fun when we feel forced to learn something. When a new topic or idea can be approached with a sense of curiosity and adventure, it’s then that we’re able to learn the most.