If you put LEARNING for successful decision making onto your plate of hobbies,
you´re on your way to success! Learning helps you to improve your current situation.
3 TIPS about what LEARNING as a hobby should mean to you:
- Find a few nuggets, don´t expect to understand it all
If you´re reading books, you´ll remember that sometimes it´s only 1 sentence from a book that truly brings you forward with an issue. Sometimes it´s a certain “aha”-effect that lights up your mind! Sometimes it´s the full story which makes you understand that we all walk the same path.
Keep in mind that stories of others will not always be a perfect fit for your personal issue – mainly in terms of their information because “their strings attached” are different from yours. You can´t copy situations from others in hope to get the SAME outcome (!) like they did, but if 1 more bulb lights up in your head you´re 1 step further than the minute before.
2. If you lack certain information, go ahead and check out what this issue is about
If you know you´re missing something, do not (always) ignore it. Instead, call an expert on this issue and make an appointment and read 1 – 2 books. Choose the books by its titles, plus: check their authors (choose experts !) and flip through some pages to make sure you will learn from it. Learn the basics of the issue first! Choose books which tell how things start, that´s a rule for successful learning. Basics offer valuable insides. They make you understand the source of the trouble. Understanding keeps you calm and motivated! Don´t underestimate this –
3. Make notes, a single line sometimes does it (!)
If you read a book – buy it to make notes inside of it, with a pen or a marker! If you learn well by writing down relevant information, this is the best method to keep the new info in mind. If you´re a listener, if you learn well by listening to someone, tape it! Speak to yourself, explain yourself what you´ve learned and re-play to listen to it at least twice per month (!) to get the learning effect. At the beginning, do it weekly. Then bi-weekly. Hang up the notes you wrote to see them more often! Read it.
Alternatively, listen to your voice and message in the car or elsewhere when going to work or university or when visiting friends. If you learn by discussions, speak with friends, invite them to talk it through. One rule is to follow: go with the facts, avoid any story telling aspects!! ….don´t fool yourself.
Now the rather bad news: do this with every open issue you have on your plate. Concentrate on 2 – 3 issues first. Solve them. If you want to fix things in your life and at work, LEARN what´s important to know. There´s none who comes along once in a while to drop some information on your desk.
Life is no fairy tale! A fairy tale is a method which offers people a hidden information, wrapped in a story. It´s an indirect tool to offer encrypted information, free for everyone. Only the one who will decipher it receives the message. It´s entertaining, yes, and it´s time consuming. If you go with the facts, you´re faster and you keep your mind clear! A clear mind helps to focus on YOUR issue only. Take this chance to improve –
BE A DECISION MAKER. BE OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect