Never Stop Learning

February 18, 2013 by  
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I just finished a 2.5 month trip to Australia and SE Asia– my normal Winter “walkabout”.  I find this is a great way each year to rejuvenate my mind.  This trip gave me time to think about what I’d done in 2012 and what I want to do in 2013.

Mentally rejuvenated, I’m ready to tackle a lot of new learning.  My goal remains the same– to continue improving my coaching/teaching/creative skills in order to do a better job of fulfilling my mission.

I have identified several new areas in which I want to improve.  One is psychology– specifically the psychology of peak performance and happiness.  I want to do a better job of helping people achieve the life of their dreams (and be happy)!   So, next month I will attend ~ 3 week Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) training with Richard Bandler.

I have also identified storytelling as an area I need to improve.  My teaching technique relies heavily on storytelling, and frankly, my skill is mediocre.  So I am reading books about scriptwriting and storytelling.  Most of all, I will be writing a big new project to use with my lessons.  The best way to improve as a writer is to do a lot of it! (especially re-writes).

Finally, I have identified performance as a key area to improve.  I not only write the lessons and stories, I perform them (on stage or on camera).  I want to add more emotion (especially more emotional range) to my performances.  I plan to take some voice acting classes first, and then maybe a stage acting class… in order to improve my ability.

With all of these skills, I know I’m likely to fail first– to be awful.  Thats always the first step.  The key to mastery is to just keep going.

With each year that passes, I become more and more convinced that PERSISTENCE is perhaps the most important secret to success in anything.  Persistence plus Passion/Enjoyment really is the magic formula.

Just keep learning.