It’s finally time for the 4th Section of the Accelerated Learning that I’m doing. The most important part of the course, which is to prepare your mind. I’m back with some of my Instagram shots for this one too
As I anticipated much of this course is to do with PMA (positive mental attitude). It states the importance of approaching a new subject only when feeling positive, optimistic, confident and relaxed. Of course at the moment this revelation is having the opposite effect, this has not been my natural state of learning for some time so to achieve such a frame of mind and try to avoid the natural build up of tension that I feel, takes more time out than I have allowed myself and leaves myself wide open for general procrastination. Still, I venture forwards in the hope that the course will help to break down some of these barriers. Here are the 5 basic keys that they outline in this section.
1. Desire: You must really want to learn the subject. This might seem like the trickiest part for some people, however it’s all to do with knowing why you are learning a subject and who you are learning it for. I remember very little from my brief secondary school days, largely because I didn’t see the point in much of what I was learning. We were told that we had to learn subjects and not given any real reason why it would benefit us other than to avoid the wrath of our teachers and parents or perhaps to avoid being relegated down the ‘set groups’ which often affected your social standing.
So the main motivation, outside of basic survival, was for other people. As the tape rightly points out, education was something done to us, not for us. If I had even a glance of where the knowledge could have possibly led (and the belief that I could have got there) I might have paid slightly more attention and not left so early. So in order to stoke the desire to learn you must have some understanding of where you want to go with it and how it will benefit you personally.
2. Motivation: This follows very closely on from desire. You have to work out what the benefits for you will be from learning. ‘Will it increase your financial income?’ is the motivation that the course seems to favour, however the gains could also be cultural or spiritual. I guess the point being that, often when learning simply for the sake of it, things will just fly straight through the other side of your brain and not really have anything to stick to.
3. Relevance: Another side of the same coin, the more relevant it is to what you’re doing or what your goals are, the more driven and determined you will be to learn and retain the information. Part of making sure it is the most relevant subject you could be learning, is to work out your Critical Success Factors. This is the idea that there are seldom more than 5 to 7 factors that determine your success at any particular job and your ability to do them well is paramount to your success. Once you have figured out these success factors, it helps to focus on those first and try to master them before moving on to anything else. I’m still trying to figure out what mine are but as I mentioned at the beginning, the ability to learn and be able to master these factors is of primary importance so this course should be taking care of at least one of those.
4. Anticipation: Once you have worked out the above, then the prospect of learning should begin to excite you. It is important to cultivate this feeling and really look forwards to it. If this isn’t you yet don’t worry, I’m extremely excited by learning again but the thought of it still holds trepidation rather than anticipation. But we’ll get there I’m sure.
5. Positive Expectation: it’s a bit of a viscous circle that if you don’t have belief in what you do and feel you will probably fail, you probably will. However the opposite is also true. The more positive and confident you are about learning and the easier you expect to be able to learn well, the more open and optimistic you will be and the more likely this is to come true.
Of course in order to do this you have to try and reverse any negative programming that you might have picked up. Reflecting on our negative experiences can lead to a general attitude of negativity about that particular area of our lives. However if you program in a positive response to replace it then you can condition your subconscious to be more receptive. By recalling a positive experience or ‘moment of excellence’ before you approach learning you can attach the positive attributes of that memory to the task in hand. This way, rather than worrying about learning, you will look forwards to it. As I said before, I’m still not there yet but lets see how we get on with the ‘7 Step Method to a Resourceful Mind’ that the course recommends.
1. Bring the positive memory clearly into mind.
2. Intensify the memory. See, hear and feel as much detail as possible. It is essential that you see it all from inside yourself rather than from an outside perspective.
3. Find a powerful cue word that sums up the memory such as “power”, “great” or “yes” and use it each time.
4. Sit up straight and straighten the body. Look up and take a deep breath, raise your chin and eyes.
5. Clench your fist.
6. Intensify the memory again and really enjoy the feeling.
7. Unclench our fist and open your eyes
Although this is only half way through the ‘Preparing your mind’ section. I’m going to take the advice of the earlier session and split this into manageable sections, then try the methods so far and see if it helps the next bit. Be right back.