Research shows that even if you study something very diligently, you’ll inevitably forget at least some share of information a day later. Quite a few training sessions work at the level of conscious perception. However, without experience, knowledge cannot be consolidated. That’s why learning through experience is essential. Often, it is enough to visualize potential outcomes of your training to fully benefit from its results. Visualization can be done through the simple reflection: if I apply this knowledge in practice, what will happen; what will I feel; what will be the attitude of others? Getting through these thoughts and emotions, you’ll be able to start applying your newly acquired knowledge. Below I suggest five ways in which you can consolidate your knowledge.
1. You can start your own Success Diary. Many of us are perfectionists. Such people focus only on the things they’ve done incorrectly. They may have done a hundred things in a perfect way, yet they will remember only one or two of those that they have failed to bring to the perfection. Such attitude creates negative emotions and puts people into a difficult state. At first, you may find it challenging to highlight your achievements. But it is a good skill to focus on what works well. At the end of the busy day it helps to create positive emotions, to feel good, to praise and encourage yourself even if not everything went well. You may decide to practice such an attitude daily. Eventually, your brain will stop searching for negative emotions and will focus on positive ones.
2. A habit to act. Although thinking and reflection are good skills, too much thinking may cause the concentration on the negative emotions and the failures of the past. This paralyzes and leads to inaction. It is ok to have doubts even when you get involved in action. We need to learn to channel our energy towards the intention to act instead of projecting our fears and images. We ought to act even if doubts and fears persist.
3. Mentoring. It might be much easier for you to consolidate your long-term results if you have a mentor within the company or externally. If you want to achieve certain goals, it is essential to track the dynamics and adjust, whenever it is necessary, your direction and tasks. It is hardly productive to set annual or quarterly goals and assess the results only once, at the end of the entire term. In this case, you run a high probability of diverting from the main target and failing to fulfill your goals. If your company does not offer mentoring, you can set up with your colleague mutual mentoring. Then you can discuss your goals and assess their achievement. It is vital to take an initiative, to create a system of support instead of relying on your own efforts.
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4. Lifelong learning. We can always look for some excuses for not signing up for a training course (a manager hasn’t mentioned it; a company doesn’t offer any training, etc.). But we as well may chose an entirely different approach and seek any possibility to improve and update our skills: training, coaching or mentoring. Even if you have already done some, there is always a chance to learn something new. Once we feel that we know enough, we stop growing. Learn to be a lifelong learner. Instead of thinking that I know enough, it is better to think: “What else can I learn?”
5. Taking responsibility. If you have followed a training course and don’t feel that you have learned something, it doesn’t mean that the training wasn’t good. More likely is that it was simply not meant for you at this stage of your life and professional development. You should continue searching for an appropriate training, without resorting to negative conclusions. Find a coach or executive trainer who can help you. Give it a chance; don’t approach your search with negative expectations. I can see it in my clients: those, who approach their training and coaching with open mind and positive expectations, succeed.
Which method speaks to you? You may choose one and apply it already today. Share with me your thoughts and results.
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“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players…”
(W. Shakespeare, As You Like It)
We believe that each and every one of us is not only a leading actor but first and foremost a writer of our own destiny. Overwhelmed by life events, we may unintentionally forget that we are the sole playwrights of our own lives. We may even unwittingly drop or lose the thread of our unfolding life story. Then, we start questioning ourselves and let others do the writing for us. Doesn’t this happen to all of us occasionally? The best thing we can do is to resume the leadership as soon as we can: only we should write the play of our life!
With the renewed confidence and new skills, we design new perspectives. Coaching and training are the best instruments we use to achieve this goal.