There are many ways to learn something. Do you know what your learning styles are?
- Maybe you have a preference for visual learning, and prefer to see pictures, diagrams, or can picture things from multiple perspectives, moving them and rotating around in your mind.
- Maybe you have a preference for auditory learning, like many of my blog followers have, and prefer to listen to an audiobook, podcast, or music.
- Maybe you have a preference for verbal learning, like myself, and words, either written or spoken, are the most meaningful to you. (Probably why I enjoy writing so much!)
- Maybe you have a preference for physical learning, and you need practical application and hands-on instruction so you can touch, feel, and manipulate the things you are working with.
There are many other learning styles and preferences too, such as if you like to work with groups or by yourself, or how competitive or cooperative you are, or how logical or imaginative your thinking is, etc.
You know what? It doesn’t really matter.
While we may find we have a preference towards different ways of learning in different situations, what seems to work best is when we try to apply a range of these styles at a time, because the more senses we engage in the process, the more likely we are to retain information. Thus, if you are trying to challenge yourself by learning something new, don’t rely solely on your perceived natural strengths; mix it up by engaging other ways to learn the same information.
As an example: maybe you consider yourself to be strongest in auditory learning, so you listen to a podcast. You could also try taking notes while you listen or drawing simple illustrations of the concepts to summarize what you heard. (Best of all, try teaching it to someone else! That will REALLY show you what you know and what you don’t know!!)
Along with that idea of applying several learning styles to learning something new, have you considered how you can combine multiple resources to compel yourself to take action on something?
It’s the power of multi-dimensional focus.
We do it often.
Consider planning for a vacation. You research places you want to go, consult your budget to see how much you have to spend, talk over the upcoming trip with friends and family, daydream about what it will be like to get away for a well-deserved rest – and finally, you go.
In the process, you invested a lot of time, money, and energy into this trip long before you even went. You read up on it, you talked to people about it, you thought about it, you spent money on it. Probably months before you actually traveled. So unless something unforeseen happens to cancel your vacation plans, why wouldn’t you go?
Obviously, a vacation is an easy example, because it’s inherently fun to plan and to arrange. But what do you spend your time mulling over?
- Aside from work, eating, and sleeping, how do you spend the remainder of your time?
- Aside from spending money on housing, food, and other necessities, what do you spend the rest of your money on?
- What do you generally talk about in conversations?
- What do you spend time thinking about, planning for, daydreaming about?
- What do you find yourself reading, listening to, or watching when you get the chance?
All of these things could be focused on a different topic. Maybe you prefer to spend time socializing with friends, spend your money on clothes, talk about politics, think about getting a different job, and watch cooking shows online. Nothing wrong with those things.
But what if you started to align these areas to focus on a singular topic? I’m not saying to take it to an obsessive level, but imagine the synergy of your focus just by being intentional about this?
For me, this is what blogging looks like. It’s not that I don’t spend my time, money, and energy in other ways too – I DO have a life outside of blogging! – but just that the more of those things I invest in my blog, the more compelled I will be to work on it.
I spend time working on my blog writing articles, recording my podcasts, and designing printables. I spend time thinking about the topics I’m going to address next. I watch videos and read guides on best practices for blogging. I seek opinions and talk about my blog with my friends and family. And yes, I do daydream about the next step in my blogging business. It keeps me focused on what could be, and not get bogged down in the day-to-day operations.
What about you?
Do you see how the areas of your life can be focused to hone in an area of action?
If you were thinking about, talking about, spending money on, reading, listening to, and watching things on a particular topic, don’t you think that absorption would compel you to action?
If not, why not? What’s holding you back from accomplishing your goals?
Maybe you need to find out what your true dreams are in the first place.
Have you sat down recently and either made or updated a bucket list for yourself?
What are the things you want to do? To experience in life? To own?
Can you put a priority on them? A timeline?
Can you create some SMART goals and begin working towards them?
And when you do begin to take action, invest yourself fully into your goal with multi-dimensional focus.
What do you spend your time, thoughts, money, and energy on? Are they all aligned towards a common goal? If not, what goal do you want to invest in next? Let me know in the comments section below!
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