If you have decided to read this article after looking at the title, “Congratulations! You have just demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to lifelong learning. Every single individual on the planet can be a genius. When a child is born, he/she inherits just 10% of the intelligence from the parents. So how is it possible for some to perform very well in school /office and for others to face challenges? The answer is 90% boils down to unlocking the potential.
Neurogenesis: Smart Learning
How are we going to unlock the potential? The solution lies in reinventing learning capacities to elevate our life to an extraordinary level. So the next important thing you need to ask yourself is how you are going to reinvent your learning curve? First of all, we need to understand the concept of Neurogenesis.
Neurogenesis basically means the form of neurons being created in our brain when we are learning a new skill and repeatedly doing it over and over and finally become an expert in it. Just like driving a car. Initially, when we hold the steering wheel for the very first time and learn to drive, every individual will face some difficulties. However, after a certain amount of time, we would be able to drive effortlessly even by blasting our favorite songs. But if, due to some reason, we had quit driving for a couple of years, the same problems would persist. In short, “Use it or Lose it”.
Consistency: Smart Learning
Therefore, the key to being an expert is being Consistent. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop – Confucius.” If you want to score A in any level of exam, all you need to do is practice consistency with great focus. But before even practising consistency, reboot your thoughts and beliefs. Right thinking drives the right action. Your current reality is a mirror of what is going on inside you. So, change from inside. Begin to shape and mould your life to your own specification.
Thoughts and beliefs impact behavior which ultimately impacts your results. You have to build self confidence that you are capable of reaching your highest level of performance. You are in control of your own future. And do not live your life based on your past experience and past remarks or comparisons made by your teachers, bosses or even parents at any point of time in your life. Failure is part of success. Don’t believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. And if you think you are too small to create an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
Formal education will make you a living but self-education will make you a fortune. And how are we going to make that fortune? Just by doing continuous learning which again emphasize on consistency. There is a famous phrase called “WORK SMART” but what the most important is WORK SMART on RIGHT THING. Its high time to replace old techniques of learning with accelerated learning. In short, progressing beyond what is possible. The more time and the more efforts you put, you will get the desired results. However, as you become efficient at something you achieve the same desired results in less time.
The next question pops up HOW to be efficient?
Focus: Smart Learning
What is your burning desire? By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you need to concrete your efforts. It is your single minded approach and passion towards the visions. Make a promise to yourself and keep the promise till you reach a higher level of efficiency. Practise makes perfect and most people practise distractions instead of focusing. You must constantly minimize and eliminate activities that take up too much of time and make very little contribution to your goals. Time management is your life management. The treasure is in your daily regimen and it determines either you are moving further or moving closer towards your goal.
Reinforcing: Smart Learning
If you feel you are not good at something such as Maths or Science, do it repeatedly. Be persistent. Understanding the concept alone is not sufficient to gain mastery. The secret of mastery is passion and persistence. Brain always responds to learning, so regular practise will help strengthen the neural connection in your brain. This helps you to become subject matter expert. And the better you get, the more you want to learn. The same idea which occurs in all video games. Every level gets harder and as you get better, the more you want to play. Another effective method is to teach someone else what you have learned. When you are teaching, you are relearning and reinforcing again.
Evolve: Smart Learning
Change the way you are doing things. Progress is not possible without change. As the famous phrase goes “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. Remodify your action. Plan your strategies correctly. Keep in mind that activity keeps you busy but productivity is getting your results. If you are facing obstacles in the process, do not see it as problems but as a stepping stone. Just like the way how diamonds can’t be polished without friction. Therefore, do things that are tough for you or that you don’t like first. Once you have achieved the results, you will gain an incredible amount of confidence. Nothing or nobody can stop you after that.
Speed Up: Smart Learning
Anyone who can act quickly moves rapidly to the front of the line. Always look for ways to do things faster so that you can move on to the next chapter. The best way to speed up is to execute things with goal setting prudence. Goal setting prudence is all about understanding the 80/20 rule. What are the 20% of the activities that could account for 80% of the results? The lesser your activities with greater focus, the faster you can accomplish your goals.
Habit: Smart Learning
Make all the above; Focus, Reinforce, Evolve and Speed Up as your Habit. Your habits are the fruit of your attitude. And it is your attitude determines your altitude. And your habits define your destiny of leadership.
Most of us are learning at the smallest fraction of our potential. Stand for your best. Commit to excellence. Chinese always says “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today”. You are meant to shine. Therefore, shine brightly and share this in order to light up another’s life.