May
08

Do We Ever Stop Learning?

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”-John Wooden

Successful people have a common trait: they are enthusiastic learners and remain that way forever. Those who have the know-it-all attitude, may miss a few opportunities.  “Experts” strive to keep up with the times and learning new things every day – never resting on their laurels.  how about you?

Learning constantly is the way to adapt well with changing times. Achieving your goals is a continuous process, and you can only achieve your goals when you are on the learning curve constantly.  This is what I call remaining open and flexible to making “inflight adjustments”.

The world around you constantly changes and what you have been doing well today may not  be as relevant tomorrow. New ideas and concepts come to the fore, and unless you adapt yourself to the changing realities and embrace the changes, you may just be left with your unrealized plans – stuck in “goal setting” but not actually achieving what you desire.

Success has never been a goal; in fact, it has been a continuous journey always. I have always considered goal setting simply the activity that helps you embark on the continuous journey.

For example, if you wanted to be stronger mentally, then you need to define what mental strength means to you. You can then set goals that will help you strengthen your mind. However, it is a continuous process and you will discover new things along the way. This is enriching and will equip you to take on life – and that is exciting!

New challenges will spring from here and there, and you will realize that what you learned before is a good foundation upon which you now are ready to build. This is why you want to keep learning new things.  Sticking to older and irrelevant ideas is an example of being focused on the “how’s”.  Akin to saying: “Nope, this is what I know and this is how I know to do it!”.  Think of a few examples where this type of attitude could prove ineffective, and in some cases, even fatal.

It is also essential that you set smart goals (I look at SMART goals as being Significant, Measurable, Achievable, Rewarding, Timely)  along the way and keep making those “inflight adjustments” to your plans according to the situation. Smart goals enable you to smoothly progress towards the final goal while learning a lesson or two along the way.

Ideally, break down your goals into smaller ones and nimbly proceed toward the bigger goal. One step at a time.

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  1. Hi Joanne!

    Awesome article. I couldn’t agree more. I hope I have the opportunity to continue to learn as long as I am breathing! I love the challenge of learning!

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