2 Essential Self-Development Strategies That Will Help You Stay On Top

Posted by Jane H.T. Mindfulness for learning

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

We all know how important it is in business to constantly grow, master your abilities and learn new skills.

As the world is changing and the market is expanding, we need to be able to catch up and be in tune with these changes, to realise new opportunities and stay on top. The more we know, the more value we can offer to the world, and the more we get paid it return for it.

The majority of people admit that being a good learner is a great asset, however, many people feel challenged or even intimidated by the process of learning itself.

Imagine you need to learn a foreign language in your job. Unless you are a multilingual linguist geek, chances are that the task ahead of you will appear more daunting than exciting. Same applies to any other new skill you may have to acquire – be it learning a new computer software, a new procedure or a new selling strategy.

You are fully aware that having this knowledge would be a great bonus both for you and your business, but at the very thought of the time and effort needed you mentally cringe and…keep procrastinating. And procrastination leads to missed changes and lost opportunities.

Meanwhile, a simple shift of perspective can help you on only successfully learn any new skill, but also enjoy what you are doing and have greater returns for every moment you spend. This secret is to staying focused on the process.

Mindfulness for learning

Our culture is very goal and number oriented, with in many cases (such as learning) works against us. We often tell ourselves “I can’t be happy/regard myself succeeding if I don’t do X number of things in Y number of days.” The problem with this aspiration is that it implies that happiness depends on certain conditions being fulfilled, and whenever we fall short of those self-imposed expectations we feel like a failure. With a busy schedule, it is easy to predict that this is probably was is going to happen, so we prefer to avoid the task that we know is going to make us feel bad.

If, however, instead of contemplating the entirety of the task you simply focus on one task or one step at a time, you will get there without even realizing and – more importantly – with no stress. If you tell yourself that your goal is to stay focused on what you are doing right now, then being in the process means that you are achieving your goal every single moment. With this realization comes the feeling of inner peace and contentment, which will inspire you to stay on track and keep going.

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When you are in the process, it means that your thoughts are not scattered, which greatly increases your ability to comprehend and remember what you are learning.

Another excuse you mind may throw at you to discourage you from learning is the idea that ‘you don’t have enough time’. The truth is, we always have time for the things that are important to us. If you are serious about your self-development, go ruthlessly through your daily schedule and see if there is anything there you could save some time on – something that is less important at the moment in a bigger scheme of things – and free yourself half an hour to devote to learning. If you are learning just half of hour every day, while staying focused on the process, you will progress faster than you even realise.

Implementing these two strategies together will help you create a space for learning any new skill effectively and stress-free, while adding to your inner peace, productivity and confidence in everyday life.


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