Having a commitment to continual learning is a principle of all personal development. Learning changes everything about your life. Learning make life better.
A Structure for Learning
In the previous chapter, you set some goals for your life. I’d also like you to set some goals for learning. I like to learn in ninety-day increments, and I would encourage you to establish realistic goals for what you would like to focus on and learn during the next three months.
Look forward ninety days from today, and ask yourself these questions:
What new skill sets and competencies will I need to become the best person I can be at my job?
What skill sets and competencies do I need to develop to do a better job of managing my finances?
What can I read to have a better understanding and framing of my personal faith?
Then think about how you learn. Do you learn best when you read a book, or is it easier for you to recall information after you’ve heard it explained by a teacher or audio program? Or do you learn best when you’re doing a specific task? Some people are visual learners, others are auditory learners, and still others are kinaesthetic learners who learn by doing. For many people, a combination of these three types of learning styles is most effective.
THE LEARNING WORKSHEET
Learning happens every day. Each time you become aware of something new and you make a conscious connection to older information, you build upon your depth of knowledge. Th e main issues with continual learning are:
Prioritising what you want to learn
Deciding how you will learn
Making time to learn
Take a few minutes to prioritise a list of specific things you want to learn. Would you like to learn more about the amazing science of neuroplasticity?
Your Highest and Best
To help you clarify what your specific highest-value activities are so that you can readily select the best possible ‘5 Before Noon’ activities, we have created one final tool for engaging, called “Your Highest and Best.”
Completing this one-page worksheet will rapidly help you turn the corner from slogging through your day feeling bored and frustrated to being engaged, creative, and productive.
All high-value activities point toward the bigger picture. Learning how to focus on your high-value activities is a four-step process:
Write down what you love to do at work, at home, in your hobbies. What do you really enjoy doing?
Validate your strengths. What comes easily for you? Your goal is to spend the bulk of your time on what you do best.
Based on what you enjoy doing and are good at, write down your highest-value activities. Answer this question: if I were living my ideal life, how would I spend my time each day?
Clearly define for the outcome. How would you benefit if you focused your time and energy on doing your highest-value activities?
The reality is that if you intentionally planned your day, spending the bulk of it on these activities, your life could change overnight—and it would change forever.
Take a few minutes now to fill out the Highest and Best Activities Worksheet.
Once you have clearly identified your highest and best activities, you will truly begin to see their worth.
What are my personal strengths and talents?
What do I love about my work?
What are my highest-value activities?
How do I want to be rewarded in life?
Weekly Progress Report
The Weekly Progress Report is a tracking report.
This project management worksheet allows for self-correction. At the end of each week you can use this project management tool to measure the progress of your actions and compare your progress to your goals.
Ask: What has worked best this week?
· Do you need to make adjustments to your goals?
· What are your action steps for the next week?
· What are your goals and deadlines for the next week?
A friend made a great analogy, “When the space shuttle takes off and heads towards its destination, the shuttle is headed in the right direction, but it is never on target. Instead the computers are “self-correcting” and realigning the trajectory of the flight.”
Home life and work life are similar. Reaching your goals and dreams require self-correction. Self-correction is a higher level skill. Errors and mistakes are unavoidable, but the higher level thinker embraces this risk. The difference between success and failure is how long it takes you to recognize your mistakes and recalibrate your life back onto the correct path leading toward your goals.
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