Cultivate Lifelong Learning

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September 2011

Lifelong Learning: Cultivating a Spirit of Curiosity and Intention

Greeting​s! Welcome to the Leap Forward Coaching e-newsletter. Our topic for this edition is Lifelong Learning: cultivating a spirit of curiosity and intention for personal growth, to achieve your most meaningful goals, and your most fulfilled life. I hope you find at least one suggestion, thought, or idea to inspire and encourage you. Melanie Ott

Inspirational Quotes

Learning is like rowing upstream:  not to advance is to drop back.
~ Chinese Proverb

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
~ Mortimer Adler

If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing the right thing. And if you’re not learning as you go, you won’t go too far.
~ Peter M. Senge

Intentionally Curious: Cultivate Learning

We associate autumn, not just with pumpkin pie and falling leaves, but with textbooks, teachers, and new pencils. As kids and college students alike headback to school, this can also be the perfect time for you to reinvigorateyourself and broaden your horizons with a new hobby, activity, or class.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” But what does it take to grow wiser daily? How do you develop a spirit that craves knowledge? How do you grow curious and coachable?

For today’s adults, developing lifelong learning habits is increasingly important, as our fast-paced world constantly evolves. Learning something new daily can be fun, opens our minds, and helps us adapt and stay ahead of a changing world.

According to author and adult learning expert Nancy Mertz Nordstrom, M.Ed., the benefits of lifelong learning far outweigh the effort and energy needed for ongoing growth and development. Continued learning leads to greater perspective and expanded self-awareness, a sense of accomplishment, and increased self-fulfillment through the sheer joy of learning.

Cultivating a spirit of curiosity and lifelong learning doesn’t necessarily require enrolling in time-consuming classes or spending time buried in profound reading material — although those things won’t hurt. Most adults rely on their peers, the Internet, books, periodicals, and hands-on experiences as their most valuable learning tools. The adage “old dogs can’t learn new tricks” no longer applies, as increasing numbers of adults are gaining new skills, such as foreign languages, practicing yoga, and learning to play musical instruments. Allocating just a few minutes a day can be all you need to learn something new and enrich your life.

These practical tools are important for ongoing learning, but so are less tangible elements of personal development, such as positivity, teachability, and open-mindedness. Developing these characteristics can be a challenging and ongoing process, but the ability to see and seize learning opportunities with abandon may be just what you need to reach your full potential.

Tips for Cultivating Lifelong Learning

Setting an intention of lifelong learning is a noble concept, but how do you easily implement this goal into your already-full life?

Further Reading on Lifelong Learning

Focus on the Future …

How does the pursuit of lifelong learning relate to your life and career? Cultivating a spirit of curiosity and commitment to continual learning and personal growth can be infinitely rewarding. The more you open yourself up to personal and professional learning opportunities the greater your potential to create a more fulfilling, successful, and rewarding life.

At Leap Forward Coaching we have a process that will empower you to expand your mental horizons, increase your self-awareness, and take positive actions to grow and develop personally and professionally. By guiding you through your life as it unfolds, we can help you grow fully aware of your life’s intention and focus to achieve well-being and fulfillment.

Complimentary Coaching Meeting

If I have piqued your curiosity about the value of coaching for you or someoneyou know, please contact me for a complimentary coaching meeting to explore what coaching can do for you.

© 2011, Leap Forward Coaching

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