The need to learn and grow is a natural instinct for human beings. We can learn and grow by finding more efficient ways to do our jobs and live our lives. Where there is growth, there is innovation and discovery, and this is a breeding ground for more positive and refreshing perspectives toward ourselves and others.
Human beings are not meant to stop growing and learning. Part of finding and sustaining happiness in our life is opening ourselves up to new things as we get older, though it’s not always easy to do. The simple joy of discovery leads to experiments which leads to more discovery. And the best part is taking all of that newly learned knowledge and integrating it into our own life and then simply sharing what we’ve learned.
But life happens. Stress overflows and our responsibilities, typically financial, lead us to de-prioritize our own intellectual growth. However, steps to change are entirely possible. The following steps will help point us in the right direction of having a lifestyle that helps us unlock our unlimited potential.
- Surround Yourself with Achievers
We become who we hang around, so why not use this truth to your advantage? Find individuals who are growing and learning, and share your life with them. As they experience and accomplish new things, you’ll be inspired to do the same.
- Turn Off the TV
This can be a hard one, but TV pretty much numbs our minds and prevents us from producing like we can when our minds are at their peak. A way to ease into a television-free lifestyle is to ban TV from your weekdays (or limit it to 1 hour) and save it for the weekend. You can use the freed-up time to read and learn something completely new while still keeping up with your favorite shows at the end of the week.
- Find a Mentor
A good mentor is someone who is on a different level than you, though there are exceptions. You want a mentor who knows you well enough to call you out when they see you slipping into mediocrity, and you also want a mentor who isn’t afraid to push you to achieve more. Parents, older siblings and teachers are usually the best mentors, and they’re usually the most willing to help if you ask for it.
- Be a Mentor
Nothing beats learning by teaching. Seek out opportunities to be a mentor for someone younger and hungry to learn. They’ll often inspire you to achieve more for yourself, and taking on a tangible responsibility like this keeps you from decelerating your own growth.
- Focus on One Thing at a Time
Being “okay” at a lot of things isn’t as impressive as being the master of one. Let’s say you want to learn a language. It would be catastrophic (unless you’re that good) if you tried to learn two or three at the same time! Instead, focus on mastering each subject before you try something new.
- Meet Interesting People
You may not feel like you have much free time to spend conversing with new people but it’s worth the effort. Put yourself out there by talking to the myriad of people you run into, and maintaining this habit of curiosity will keep your mind open and receptive to the perspectives of others.
- Create Something
Sometimes our minds are burnt out on taking in new information, and we need to express everything we’ve learned through our own “works of art.” It could be a multitude of things like a writing, painting or building something.
Whatever it is that’s begging to come out of your head, know that pacing yourself in life is the key to always staying interested in learning. Once you’ve exhausted your mental creativity, your inner self will be looking to learn something new.