During the course of life we’re always learning. But how we approach our learning makes all the difference to who we become.
The idea of lifelong learning has been batted around for over a decade.
It’s described as being the ongoing, ‘voluntary, and self motivated pursuit of knowledge’ for the purposes of furthering personal and professionally development.
My ongoing growth is important to me. I’ve no doubt that yours is too. Yet, despite this being true, lifelong learning is hard work. It requires effort and commitment.
To measure progress of my own learning and growth I find giving thought to the following four questions helpful. Have a look and try answering them for yourself.
I’d like to know what you think.
#1. What is my attitude to learning?
“The world is a university and everyone in it is a teacher. Make sure when you wake up in the morning you go to school.” T. D. Jakes
Life is a journey of events. As T. D. Jakes put it so well, with each day comes an opportunity to learn new things.
With each interaction, success, and failure, we have the potential to learn valuable insights about ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Our attitude to learning is important. And as such, we should approach each day with a sense of excitement and anticipation.
#2. Where am I committed to learning?
“You must feed your mind with reading material, thoughts, and ideas that open you to new possibilities.” Oprah Winfrey
Learning doesn’t happen by chance. And though we can learn through observation, interaction, and experience, we learn best when there’s a conscious effort to nourish ourselves.
As we nurture our minds and spirits, we become more receptive and open to new insights and possibilities.
#3. How am I applying what I’m learning?
“It isn’t enough to know what’s right, it’s applying the information and knowledge that you have.” Charles Stanley
The principle here is simple. Acquiring knowledge isn’t the essence of real learning. Real and effectual learning happens through application.
Growth comes not from what we understand in our heads, but by applying what we learn.
We’d all agree that it’s right to be patient with others. Yet its only through practice that we get better.
#4. Who am I sharing my learning with?
“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
I want my children to become their best. Any loving dad would. As a result I try to help them see the importance of their ongoing growth.
This encouragement isn’t reserved for academic or sporting achievement, but more importantly, for character.
Truth is, to become our best — in whatever context we find ourselves in — we need to maintain a childlike attitude in the way we approach our learning.
Which of the above questions do you most relate to? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Action: Schedule 15 minutes before the end of the week to answer these four questions for yourself.
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