26Apr

Learning at warp speed . . .

By , April 26th, 2013 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Healthful Nutrition, Invigorating Water, Restorative Sleep, Wholistic Mindcare | 0 Comments

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Last month I decided to migrate from PC to MAC to be able to do what I want to do with Choosing To Be Fit. I bought an iPad Mini to capture video in the field and an iMac for my office.

There have been times during this transition process when I’ve been filled with fear — that this was all too much for me, that I couldn’t learn all this, that “who do I think I am at 69 to think I can learn like I used to” kind of thinking.

Here is what I’ve learned about myself:

1. Fear is not a bad thing when I push the envelope — it stimulates me, gets my blood racing, says I am on the right track.

2. I am a right-brain, intuitive learner, always have been. I learn best by doing and experimenting —  I make great leaps and just “know” without knowing how I am doing it.

3. This is good. However, it also means that sometimes when I come back to the same place in a different frame of mind, I can’t remember how I did something in the first place. I was thinking this is because of my age, but then I remembered that I have always been like this. Eventually I am able to call up the state of mind I was in when I discovered something and trace my way back to it.

4. Sure, this is a lot to do all at once. I really do believe in small steps. However, sometimes, as in migrating to new technology, you just have to jump off the cliff and trust yourself.

5. I can find the right people to teach me because I know how I learn. I do not take the Group Classes at Apple. I paid for the One-to-One program so I can get personal training when I need it. Some trainers are better than others for me, so I limit the first training to 1/2 hour in case I get a trainer that doesn’t work for me. When I find one who does I ask them how to spend more time with them.

What does all this mean, and how does it apply to us when we are Choosing To Be Fit?

  • Trust yourself.

  • Know how you learn and figure out how to make that kind of learning happen.

  • Be patient and compassionate with yourself.

  • Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Just because you have been an adult for (insert number of years here) doesn’t mean you have to know everything.

  • And one more thing — drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, exercise, meditate, and get enough sleep. Your brain needs premium fuel to learn at warp speed! 

NOT KNOWING IS WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

 

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