Part 2 of the Accelerated Learning session I started yesterday deals with the importance of Setting Goals. I’m going to reconvey the key points in as simple a way as possible to help both myself and anybody else who might be following along. For the record, following yesterday’s points did help with the rest of this session to a tangible degree. (also for those who haven’t read my previous posts on this subject, the pictures are ones I’ve taken on Instagram. All these particular ones are from a recent Astroid Boys film shoot for Channel 4).
Rather than stumbling forwards and hoping for the best, which I’d have to say can have it’s own benefits having done that for most of my life, setting goals gives you a path to follow so that you can continue on purposefully and powerfully. Rather like laying down the blueprint for your own success. If you don’t know what your goals are then try to work out where you want to be in 3 years time. As this course mostly focusses on material / financial success, they suggest asking yourself questions such as “what money do you want to be earning?” and “what car would you like to be driving?” as well as “what status or position in your career do you want to be at?” and “what professional qualifications would you like to have?”. Once you have worked out where you would like to go, ask yourself why you aren’t there already. What is holding you back and what skills do you need to develop in order to get there?
If you’re unsure how to get to where you want to go, find the people who are in a similar position to the one that you would like to be in and find out what helped them to get there. If that information isn’t readily available then find a way to ask them. Break down your long term goals into sub goals. then break down these even further into small parts that are easily manageable, concentrating on the areas where you feel weakest. There is always one core skill which is central to your chosen field, identify what it is and plan to be outstanding in that specific area.
Visualising + Intensifying Your Goals:
Once you have set clear specific goals on where you want to be and who you want to become, write your goals down clearly on paper, then create a mental image as if you were already that person. See, think and feel as if you have already received the success you desire. Visualising your goals with a clear mental image gives them a power of their own and programming your subconscious in this way will help it to seek out the people and circumstances you need to help to make your vision a reality.
With this vision clear in your mind, intensify your desire to reach there and deepen your belief that it is available. Make sure what you say you want and what you really feel you want are one and the same. The more vivd and intensely desired, the more driven you will be to succeed.
If you don’t keep a handle on your inner dialogue then it can easily drift into negativity and doubt so talk yourself up. Make affirmations in the positive, personal and present tense such as, ‘I love my work’, ‘i feel happy and healthy’ or ‘I can learn anything i need to learn to accomplish any goal’.
With the next part I think it is important to remember that these are techniques to help maximise learning, sometimes you simply can’t ensure that all angles are covered but this shouldn’t put anybody off trying to learn still. The course is rather too ‘all or nothing’ for my liking at times, however that said I do agree with the ideals and sentiments of preparation which follow.
Preparing to learn is like warming up before a physical workout or like laying down the proper foundations before building. We have already gone over the importance of being in a relaxed, ‘resourceful’ state of mind and the course recommends between 10 to 30 minutes of relaxation techniques before attempting to learn.
Firstly create a positive learning environment, include things such as flowers, bright colours or positive quotes (I would also add that images that represent the future you desire have also been suggested in the past). Play relaxing music (the course states specifically Classical and I’ve been listening to this mix today, but I’m sure there are other kinds of relaxing music that would suit too). Close your eyes and take 7 to 10 deep breaths holding them for as long as you can and letting your entire body relax.
That said, the course also states that you should take every opportunity to increase your learning, carrying reading material, audio courses, etc with you everywhere. This makes sense but be careful not to overload yourself to the point of stressing out as that won’t be any help at all. Also make sure that you take plenty of breaks, if you’ve completed a task then treat yourself during the break as a reward. In fact I’m going to treat myself to a munch right now as this is the end for today.
If you’re in the Cardiff area I shall be playing with Gentleman’s Dub Club at The Globe later this evening. Doors are around 7.30pm I believe.