Learning is the beginning to creating intrinsic
value and wealth. They say the more you learn, the more you EARN. In the world
today with everything changing at a rapid pace, the faster you learn, the
faster you earn. All learning is state and self- dependent. Being emotionally present
and focused is one of the keys to remembering what you learn. School does not
teach us how to learn, which is another reason why I think people do not enjoy
the process of learning. The VAK (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic) learning
system model, is a methodology that we have implemented into our year-round
leadership development academy. Depending on your learning style, you will use
one of these methods more often. The goal is to discover which style helps you
to learn at a faster pace and more efficient. This process is called meta
learning, which means learning how to learn.
In the book “Limitless, by Jim Kwik, he
discusses the three-step limitless model: Mindset, “The What”, deeply
held beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions we create about who we are, how the
world works, what we deserve, etc. Motivation, “The Why”, the purpose someone has for
taking action. Lastly, Method, “The How”, a specific process for accomplishing
something especially an orderly, logical, or systematic way of instructions. One
of the key takeaways from the book that provided me great value was, the seven
habits to learn faster and study better.
Active Recall. Process which you review the material you read and then immediately
check to see how much you remembered.
Spaced Repetition. Review in morning and night. Test yourself on what you remembered.
state your in. All learning is state dependent.
sense of smell. Light rosemary, peppermint, or lemon while reading, studying or learning
the mind. Try listening to Baroque music.
with your whole BRAIN. Be present and focus completely on the task at hand.
of taking notes. Be clear on the “why”, regarding the notes your taking.
Brian Herbert is coined for saying, “the
capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness
to learn is a choice. We live in the information age, where the more you know
in your field of work is tangible value.
Becoming a lifelong learner is the start of
you taking control of your life’s destiny. We are all prisoners to our choices. Try for one week
to implement learning, reading, or watching something educational into your
daily routine. Remember progress equals happiness and life is GROWTH.
You’re either a victor or a VICTIM. You can
only choose one of these paths to travel down in LIFE. The option of being a
victim is effortlessly traveled. You can choose to blame others for your life
choices, circumstances, beliefs, personal growth or accomplishments. Or you can
take the second path of becoming a VICTOR. Where you take full responsibility
for everything that happens in your life that you can control. Of course,
genetics plays a part on rather we will receive certain diseases that are
hereditary, or if a tragic event happens to a loved one or friend that you have
no control over. Life is always happening for us not too us. We are plagued
with adversity and failures in life to help us grow on all levels. If you
cannot fail, you cannot SUCCEED!
Winston Churchill once said, “The price of
greatness is RESPONSIBILITY!” You are the beholder of your results, successes,
and failures that you endure. Being the CEO of a company that’s currently
providing services in 30 states, I could easy blame our teammates for any
failure we encounter. I made the decision to take full ACCOUNTABILITY for
anything that goes wrong in our company. I believe self-reflection creates
self-growth. This mindset keeps me constantly learning and improving in
leadership, our systems, customer service, programs, hiring and sales processes.
This requires me to SHOW UP every day, committed, motivated to solving any
challenge that’s negatively hurting our company.
You must be personally accountable for how you
think and act. Most people only change, if they learned enough that they want
to, or they hurt enough that they have to. I believe you should change before
your forced to change. A person with a victim mentality, never takes
accountability of their actions and how they played a role in the outcome. In
the book “The Wisdom of Oz, Roger Connors and Tom Smith discuss the six stages
of the victim cycle.
Ignore/Deny. Don’t ignore the red flags when you see them. Change before your forced to change.
It’s not my job. Take complete ownership. The people that succeed at a rapid speed in the marketplace are the ones that do more than their job description requires.
Finger Pointing. Playing the blame game never brings better results. Start with the person in the mirror first.
Confusion/Tell me what to do. Confusion at times is a camouflage of not wanting to do something. Ask for clarity and communicate where you don’t have understanding.
Cover your tail. The easiest way to cover your tail is by using effective communication and total transparency.
Wait and See. Taking action is the only way of learning from failure and Growing from success.
You get what you repeat. If you continue to be a victim in life, you will continue to reap the same results that you have received. Greater accountability is a choice. Change starts with a decision. Make the decision today to become a victor in life. We all deserve to live a life of abundance and freedom.
Quote of the Day: “Habits are the fingerprints of your character.”
Change is inevitable, but progress is not. The new year is here, and most people are focusing on their new year resolutions. I believe change starts with one simple DECISION. Do I truly want to change? Is what I’m looking to change important enough for me to change my lifestyle, mindset, routine or ritual? Has my behavior caused me enough pain that I NEED to change? Am I too comfortable with my current situation that change is not a MUST? We change in a moment. Change doesn’t’ take long, it happens instantly when we make a commitment to our commitments. Here’s what I’ve learned about behavior “change”. Meaningful behavior change is very hard to do, and no one can make us change unless we truly want to CHANGE.
Our environment drives our behavior. Learn to control and create a healthy environment. Who we associate with, eat, learn from, grow into, religious and limiting beliefs are created by our environment. There’s an adage that says, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. We become who we consistently hang out with and do daily. In the book Triggers by Marshal Goldsmith, he explains that we all have behavior triggers. He explains, it’s any stimulus that impacts our behavior. To avoid undesirable behavior, we must remove ourselves from hanging with people that live that lifestyle and then change those environments where it is most likely to occur. Goldsmith discusses we have four options in pursuing any type of behavior change.
Creating. Represents the positive
elements that we want to create in our future.
Preserving. Represents the
positive elements that we want to eliminate in our future.
Eliminating. Represents the
elements that we want to eliminate in the future.
Accepting. Represents the
negative elements that we need to accept in the future.
Asking yourself what you need to create,
preserve, eliminate, and accept in your life is the first step to changing your
behavior. Psychologist Carol Dweck once said, “Becoming is better than being.” Whoever
you want to become, improve in or accomplished will require some type of change
in your life. The questions that will start your journey of change will be, are
you ready to make a real decision and are you committed to not quitting on
Word of the Day: “Changing your words,
will change your WORLD.”