Lifelong learning is a continuous, ongoing, and self-directed pursuit. Challenging the mind can be an effective way of supporting a healthy and active mind, body, and spirit.
Curiosity helps us learn how to ask questions, gain new insight, expand our boundaries, expand our horizons, learn new things, make unexpected connections, and build trusting relationships with others. Curiosity is the basis of everything we do well in life, including personal development.
A key part of lifelong learning involves engaging your senses. Try seeing, hearing, feeling, touch, smell, or taste something, at least once a day. This will help develop your natural curiosity, which will lead you to even more questions, allowing you to be open to new experiences and knowledge. The more you use your senses, the more you will come to know and understand yourself. As your understanding grows, your self-esteem will also grow, allowing you to pursue your personal development goals with more confidence.
A good personal learning initiative begins by asking yourself a series of questions to gain perspective on your learning goals.
**What do you want to learn more about?
**What kind of person do you want to be?
**Who are some people you admire?
**What personal interests do you have?
There is no right or wrong way to approach your lifelong learning…be willing to:
**stretch your comfort zone
**grow through successes and failures
**keep an open mind
**collect information and ideas
**learn to listen to others
Do something that you have been putting off for too long. If you want to learn something new, then you must not hesitate to take advantage of your various resources. Start with your personal curiosity and then build on it as you progress.
“No significant learning happens only through consumption of insights. It happens when we act on what we learn, go through the experience, take risks, and then develop insights through the lens of that experience” (Vora, 2019).
NOTE: Sketchnote Mental Habits that Support Lifelong Learning by Tanmay Vora.
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