Everyone wants to learn more about something. It can be relationships, business, sports, travel, spirituality, nature, or whatever tickles you. When you do learn something new, it’s kind of like a light bulb goes off in your head.
It turns into a glorious “a-ha” moment.
Yet learning takes some time when it involves collecting information or data, whittling down what works in your world, and moving forward.
When it comes to education, each person has his or her own path. No one learns in the same way. It might take a person longer to comprehend the basics of reading and writing, while another might be stuck in simply learning about the power of asking for help. Yes, asking for help is a skill that people still need to learn about in their lives.
Here are three suggested steps to help increase your learning abilities:
Stop. Taking in new information can cause a pattern interrupt within people. One person’s perception of how X works in accordance with Y is going to be different from another person’s view. This is why it is important to stop, when learning something new, and not put too much pressure on your shoulders. Just know that there are different ways to understand and learn. Don’t get in to too much of a rush to learn it all immediately. Stop at the beginning and then move into the next step.
Look. Get a clear view of what you are attempting to learn. See the information as it is presented to you. Discern whether what you are reading or hearing is actually helping educate you into a higher level. Do your best to not jump ahead from where you are on the learning curve. Stay right where you are and look around for more clues that will enhance your learning experience. There might be more to what you are learning about than simply what’s being presented.
Listen. The ability to listen and observe core data around your subject matter is something people don’t always take to heart. It becomes all about “yeah, yeah, I got this” and they skip a couple of key points. Learning to drive a car takes more time than simply reading a book or attending a Driver’s Education class. You have to actually get behind the wheel of a car and drive. Listening also isn’t all about what you hear. A big part of it has to do with observing how what you are learning affects your life and others, too.
Use these three steps when it comes to broadening your education skills. They don’t necessarily have to be tied to a school or classroom experience. Use these in everyday life and see how they help you.
If you learn something new each day, then growth takes place. It is simply a natural part of the human experience.
Life itself is an ongoing university of knowledge, experience, understanding, implementing and assessing.
Does it all sound too much to take in at one time? You don’t have to bite the whole dinner at once. Take small portions and let them fill your mind. You always have the option to go back for educational seconds.
Originally published at medium.com