After having a baby and being north of 40 years old, I just assumed that my brain could only handle so much information. That forgetfulness was part of growing older and I was too old to learn/remember something new. The only learning and remembering going on in my household was from my toddler. (Know who the fastest learners are? You guessed it — young children)
“LIVE AS IF YOU WERE TO DIE TOMORROW. LEARN AS IF YOU WERE TO LIVE FOREVER.” ―MAHATMA GANDHI
The past few months, I’ve been learning how to learn. Something I realized, I never learned to-do — learn how to learn.
After listening to this podcast – Meta Learning, Speed Reading, & How to Learn Faster with Jim Kwik, I was intrigued that my belief that I lacked memory due to age was a myth and the notion that I could still learn how to learn was sprouted.
Unfortunately, our smart phones have made us less brain-dependent and more technology dependent. Before smart phones, I actually had to remember phone numbers or directions. Now I just have to remember the person’s name I’m wanting to call or text and pray their number is saved in my phone. And directions, the most my memory has to stretch is to remember the address to type it into WAZE and hope that my phone is charged.
I’ve learned that we lose what we don’t use. If you want to increase your learning power, you must start exercising that brain “muscle”.
A learning acronym from Kwik that resonates is M.O.M.
M – Motivation — Why do you want to learn something? Learning is state dependent.
O – Observation — Be present. Pay attention
Now, I certainly don’t have all the methods mastered that Kwik teaches in his course. I will probably repeat sections of it again. Sometimes, repetition IS a part of the learning game.
What I like is that it lite a fire in my brain. It challenged me during the course and is challenging me now to get out of my comfort zone — to start using my brain. I’m finding that my brain is complacent and relies more then it should on my ‘stupid’…smart…phone.
What I learned and hope is an encouragement is that learning IS remembering. Memory is a verb, not a noun. One’s memory is not fixed. Your brain can hold as much information in it as you want and believe it can hold. Just ask my little girl.
“If you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them.” ― Jim Kwik
It requires intention, curiosity (observe a 2 year old), imagination (listen to a 2 year old), stomping the ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) as well as applying new learning techniques. Oh and you are never too old to learn.