All Your Resources
- Are you studying for an exam?
- Preparing to give a presentation?
Working on an important report?
Whatever your project, take time to engage all your mental resources
before you begin each work session. Anywhere you'd like
to accelerate your learning.
The secret to accelerated learning is understanding that
your brain is easily bored
and likely to wander off if you assign it unimportant activities!
know this is true! And you're probably reminded of
it at least once a
day . . .
- At the meeting that stretches
dwelling on small and insignificant issues.
Trying politely to listen
to a speaker presenting yesterday’s news.
- When you're at the end of a complicated
project—adding the final touches essential to success—but rather boring.
Have you ever let yourself get tripped up by the easy
stuff like this? Or has your mind ever gone on a little R&R and forgotten
to come back and finish an important task?
With these or your own examples .
Where does your
- What level of awareness are you functioning at?1
- What if you miss an important piece of
And Most important, how can you maintain focus in these types of
The Secret to Engaging All Your Resources?
Emotions are the key to engaging your resources and maintaining
Emotions influence our ability
to concentrate and learn. Emotional arousal releases a chemical
cocktail—nor epinephrine, adrenaline, enkephalin vasopressin and a spritz of
memory fixatives that tell the brain—this
is important! Pay attention! Keep this!
To get your emotional brain
involved at the beginning of every task, ask yourself questions like:
does this matter to me?
is the end result of this
why is that important?
can I use an idea from this
where can I use it?
- What significance can I find in
this for me, personally?
There is something
to learn from every experience, even if it’s simply that we will do things
differently the next time.
Be curious. Curiosity is irresistible to the brain!
Engage it and you’ll be surprised at how
quickly time passes, how much you learn and accomplish! Watch for next
month's tips and insights on Accelerated Learning.