Learning

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learning –

the process of acquiring new knowledge, skills or behaviors.

The Practice

The practice of learning is about growth. It’s about movement, flexibility and expansion. It’s about mindset. It’s about tuning in to your fullest potential and charting the course to move in that direction.

The Research

  • Research shows that the brain performs many functions simultaneously. Learning is enhanced by a rich environment with a variety of stimuli.
  • From the research we know that the search for meaning is innate. The mind’s natural curiosity can be engaged by complex and meaningful challenges.
  • Learning engages the entire physiology. Physical development, personal comfort, and emotional state all affect the ability to learn.
  • Research shows that each brain is unique and learning can actually change the structure of the brain.
  • To prime your mind for learning, be sure to get enough sleep each night. Research shows that we are better at learning when we are properly rested.

How To Start Practicing

Assess – Assess what it is you want to learn or what aspect of yourself you want to develop further. Ask questions. Search online for learning opportunities. Interview friends, colleagues or those knowledgeable in what you want to learn. Be deliberate in your approach to learning. Be focused with your time and give yourself dedicated learning opportunities.

Research – Do the research to determine what resources are available for your process. These days there is so much information available at our fingertips, but don’t overlook the people in your life that may have valuable leads or ideas. Learn how to discern which resources can help you, and which ones may take you in the wrong direction.

Engage – Engage others for group learning and support. Ask around and see what the people in your life know about a topic area or available resources. Volunteer. Create full body learning experiences so you can better embody what it is your are learning.

Re-assess and Evaluate – Periodically assess your progress and re-evaluate the direction you are moving. What are your milestones to get to where you want to go? What new ideas or directions have your discovered?

Nourish Your Whole Body – Take care of your health, eat well and get enough sleep so that your brain can be more receptive and engaged in the learning process.

Resources To Support Your Practice

Book

How We Learn by Benedict Carey

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Mindset by Carol Dweck

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Book

Make It Stick by Peter C. Brown

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The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

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The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

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Online Learning

Coursera

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