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Learning at the speed of life

Machen MacDonald
Special to The Union

Machen MacDonald

Information overload combined with execution exhaustion is a great way to spin your wheels and create quite a rut for yourself. For many small business owners, it is typical to have to learn new skills and information to keep up with current marketing trends, new products and services, government regulations and the list goes on and on. Having to increase capacity around learning just seems to be part of entrepreneurship and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. It's what we call a "so what – now what."

The "now what" in this case equates to increasing your capacity to learn more and get more done without sacrificing your health and relationships. So, how does one increase their capacity to continually absorb more information and stay out of overwhelm?

Follow these four L's and expand your capacity to grow yourself to grow your business.

Let go – When you know and you know you know, confidence replaces fear. However, your real power is in letting go of what you think you know. We learn more when we are open to receiving. You can be open by being curious. Be careful as the quickest way to close down is to believe you already know what you think you need to know.

For many, somewhere between diapers and getting our business cards printed our curiosity quotient diminishes. Y

ou can wake it back up. Consider that the more we know, the more we know we don't know.

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Let go and let out your inner four year old and start asking – "Why?" Practice being curious again.

Listen – Listen as if you are going to have to teach it to someone else. This way of listening or studying causes us to retain information in a different way.

We internally allocate the information we are exposed to in a way that makes retaining and retrieving it easier.

Lay it out – The best way to really deepen the learning in our bones is to teach within 24 hours the content to which we were just exposed.

Presenting to others really locks in the learning. This is true because we have to call upon various internal resources to assemble the new knowledge in a way that makes sense in our mind to be able to lay it out to others so they can understand it.

Leverage it and Live it – The Greek philosopher Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

Start implementing what you learned over and over. This will facilitate it becoming your habit. Another strategy is to add to the base of knowledge you have just acquired. Each day explore, investigate and integrate an additional nugget of information to your foundation.

By letting go, listening, laying it out and leveraging, you will have an easier time expanding your capacity so you can accomplish more.

As you learn and accomplish more and more, be sure to correlate how the acquisition of new knowledge, systems, tools and procedures makes your life more manageable and enjoyable. B

eing aware of the inherent benefits from increasing your capacity will in and of itself inspire you to become more of who you can be.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000 or visit http://probrillilance.com.

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