Are The Possibilities Endless?
Well, folks, I would have to answer yes. The possibilities are endless. And if not endless, they’re kind of close to being unlimited.
How do you get to an ultimate level of success? The answer is deliberate practice. How do you overcome the frustration of progression, pain, and suffering? The answer is practice.
You might say, “Well I don’t have the time.” I empathize with you. It seems that time is the one entity which eludes us.
So you might say, “I’m not talented enough.” Unless your career path is a comedian or singer, I would have to challenge you there.
I’ll discuss with you in just a second about the debate of being gifted, you must assess with objectivity.
There’s plenty of possibilities that exist for you to entertain and explore. This effort only requires a minimum of 10-25 minutes per day or just spaced learning in short increments.
I want to keep this simple. I believe many of us struggle with what we aspire in our lives because we place limitations upon ourselves.
Of course, we all want to live our passion. Progression is easier when we do what we love to do. However, when you develop your brain to become more creative, it’s possible you’ll find your passion.
A good suggestion would be to entertain opportunities that cross your path, but be mindful and pray on them. Not all the possibilities are good opportunities, and that’s another blog post.
However, what if you possess the ability to master many things? Your power would be limitless. If you practice the philosophy and methodology which I’m about to explain at a high-level, accomplishing this feat would be easier to attain.
My mindset was always that you have to be good, talented or exceptional within your chosen career path. It appears that my assessment was not accurate.
The course I took to overcome my challenges and see the possibilities, is Learning How to Learn from Cousera.
The Process is quite simple when you think about it.
1. Spend at least a minimum of 10 minutes per day learning something new or enhancing a skill. It’s best to spend short windows of time learning than spending countless hours. Your neurons will infuse more into memory in a short expanded timeframe over weeks versus spending hours of effort in one to three days.
2. After you introduced this information into your memory, walk away from it. Entertain tomorrow or even maybe later that day. Divert your attention to something else. Take a break, walk, run, read, or participate in another activity, and relax your mind.
3. Ensure that you sleep 8 hours per day. While you’re sleeping, your brain has switched to the Diffuse mode, the creativity part of the brain. Your brain is resolving problems as you sleep, helping you to learn this new activity and will process this information eventually to your long-term memory. You must continue to practice consistently on a daily basis.
4. Learn to overcome procrastination. Procrastination is a trigger from a cue, something we’re trying to avoid or causes discomfort. In our minds, the activity is unpleasant. We believe this activity is causing us pain; therefore, avoidance manifests. You can utilize the Pomodoro Technique: switch your brain into the Focus Mode and eliminate as many distractions as possible. Utilize noise canceling earphones to enhance your concentration. You will need to concentrate on what you don’t want to do and switch to what you need to do. This method will train you to negate attached negative feelings to the activity. Focus for 25 minutes uninterrupted. Once you have completed the 25 minutes, reward yourself.
5. One important technique to note is the awareness of product versus process.
Meaning, the product, is the outcome. For example, like completing your homework, or assignment that’s due or focusing the on the perceived top grade or appreciation. The effort is not enjoyable.
The Process is the effort and the learning phase. Instead, bring your attention to the process, the effort required to learn the new skill, and not on the outcome. If you do this, the experience is more enlightening and enjoyable.
Our mindset has resulted in Road Blocks to our future success causing despair. Avoid extended hours in one session trying to solve a problem or learning something new. Stop re-reading and re-reading. When reading some new material, highlighting an entire page is unproductive.
6. Lastly, avoid the trap of Competence Illusion. You’ve been so focused on working or doing something a certain way for so long that your subconscious mind takes over. You’re executing without thinking. You think you know a particular technique so well. However, better more efficient alternatives may exist. Be mindful of dismissed alternatives. Challenge how you learn and self-test your theories.
There is a way out of being stuck. The Light to guide our paths. Take a moment to relax, think objectively and then practice without concentrating on the feeling or the outcome of your efforts.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thomas A. Edison
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