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“Unless you try to do something beyond
what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.”
What is a growth (or learning) mindset? It’s a theory developed by Dr. Carol Dweck around the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability and performance – that talents are not innate. It’s an important concept and a selling point now in the corporate world – and no wonder! Organizations that embrace this theory, according to Dr. Dweck, have more innovative employees who take up challenges and show more resilience. Those qualities have no doubt become critically important in the last two years.
But what about individual you? You are perhaps an independent business owner, a contract worker, a full-time mom or dad, a person who works in the arts. Have you felt as agile or well as you would like lately? Learning new “tricks” (and making a habit of it) may be just what the doctor ordered.
With this as a context we decided, for this edition of Wellness Tonic, to focus on Wellness through Learning.
Wellness Tonic To-Go
Great Meditation | 10 Minute Meditation for a Growth Mindset | June 2021
There are lots of ways to keep learning.
If formal classes seem too daunting, there are thousands of classes you can do at your own pace available from lofty institutions of higher learning, or as simple as competent artist entrepreneurs who will help you learn how to use watercolors (for $19 total for 6 weeks of classes). It’s good to keep the definition of education broad here: Learn how to change a tire; read a biography every two months; master excel….ugh.
Why? Learning keeps your mind engaged. Learning something new you can apply to your work opens doors for you. Learning increases your adaptability. When you take on a challenge to learn, whether you become the latest Rembrandt or not, you gain confidence.
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If you want to make learning a bigger part of your life, it helps to think about learning in the broadest sense. Classes and formal courses are great ways to learn new things, but as we’ve seen, can seem overwhelming in an already overwhelming life. So we may just need to keep in mind that there are lots of other ways to keep learning. Looking for inspiration, check out Keep on Learning: Using Your Brain to Improve Well-Being.
Have you learned a new skill just for the heck of it? We’d love to hear your stories of continued learning and what it means to you. So, please get in touch at Food For The Soul.
Trust your intuition, my friends, and most of all, be WELL!
Your Food For The Soul Team