What are your learning plans for 2012?

If you are reading this blog, I know you have an open mind and a willingness to learn and try new things. With that in mind, and as you give the tools and techniques discussed here like sleep hygiene and meditation a go, you may be coming across people who are not so willing to learn new things. You may already have stories of people you know who can be critical of your journey of life and your enthusiasm to seek excellence. To be honest, I do not come across many now. I choose to surround myself with a network of amazing, inspiring people who are on a similar path to me, who constantly remind me that life is too short to be average. See the Good People page for their website details.

But every now and then, you meet resistance or criticism, and to be honest, I really enjoy it. Maybe because it’s such a novelty, it’s a bit exciting. Or maybe I’m just strange in the head.

Mark Twain once said ‘Never argue with a fool, as lookers may not be able to tell the difference’. Criticism is not a chance to argue your point, but a chance to observe with curiosity the other person’s position on a matter. Ask open questions like ‘that’s interesting, what makes you think that?’ etc. Because, you see, you are on a journey to seek excellence, to learn and grow. You will not help the other person grow by using their tactics and arguing.

Adopt what can be called a ‘learning mindset’. This involves pausing for a second and maybe even taking a few deep breaths. I imagine putting on a new, imaginary hat (mine is purple velvet with red writing) entitled ‘Learning’. This reminds me that I should always be learning. A defensive mindset is often what comes to mind first, but can be easily dissipated with some deep breaths and a terrific mindset.

How much learning are you going to do in 2012?


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