10 Ways to Implement Your Learning #CampusToCorporate #SkillDevelopment #LearningProcess

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Learning is an on going process and as professionals we are constantly learning be it something you are passionate about or need of an hour. But how many of you are putting what you have learned into practice? Or you are just absorbing information? That’s the real question. Whether you are learning formally like enrolling yourself to any course, or participating in a workshop or seminar or informally through reading an article or conducting research, in both the given settings you should implement your learning if you are looking for any tangible result.

Without putting your learning into practice, the training you’ve received will go to waste, so it’s important to have a strategy for implementing your learning.

So how to translate what you’ve learned into your everyday routine. Here are the different ways:

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Self awareness is the key for better results. Knowing your strengths can assist you in completing your tasks with excellence and knowing your weakness can help you avoid things which are not your priority at that given point of time and work on it if it becomes a hinderance. Make sure you set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals and apply your strength to grow.

Identify Your Accountable Partner

Accountability and regular feedback are two such aspects of effective learning that ensure a better and undisrupted learning. Generally during my training sessions I used to make sure that each participant have their feedback buddies where in they can share their learning goals and meet in between the sessions to hold each other accountable for implementing them. In this way they not only share their success but do give feedback on how to manage challenges.

Know What Is In There For You And For Stake Holders

When it comes to return and outcome, learning without application knowledge is waste of time and money. So ask yourself, Why am I learning this and how it can assist me and my stake holders in achieving my goals.

Develop Learning Metrics

You can customize this according to your need. So create your own improvement metric specific to your skill set. For example something which will show new action taken and repeated or an old behavior deleted. What works, stays , what doesn’t work, removed. Once this is achieved, set next level metric to continue improving. This is a continuous process until you achieve your desired result.

Ongoing Learning Process

Nothing can be achieved overnight. As I said earlier learning is a continuous process, it takes time to implement what you have learned. Supplement your learning by giving support of a coach who can be internal or external that complement and supplement internal leadership practice. This will help organizations and employees to support and develop formation of critical and self-sustaining habits.

Ongoing evaluation Process

It is important to see if you have achieved desired results by implementing new learning. If you are getting the same result , you will realize that you are not practicing what was learned. Do not cheat yourself, loyalty to self is the first step in order to achieve something. You need to remember from a business point of view, we usually set out new ways in order to achieve different result, therefore continuous evaluation is important to keep a check and to see if everything is going according to the plan or not.

Institute Plan of Action and Review Your Goal

To visualize any change by using learned knowledge, you need to have an action plan in place. To develop any habit, it is important you have right, progressive and positive behaviour. Nothing will ever become a part of who you are until it becomes part of our life as in habits. Take baby steps towards transformation by journaling to set accountability and understand your progress.

Application Based Learning

Look out for opportunities which gives you an application knowledge. Whatever learned, if not applied will not make sense, as you will not get to know the ground reality. It promotes innovation from completely new perspective. Therefore combine your learning process with on the job training that will lead to deeper level of understanding of the concepts.

Find a Coach

Find a mentor or a coach who can guide you. He/She can be someone who is more experienced than you or an expert in the field. Learning something can be easy but implementing is not. Having a mentor can hold you accountable to deliver and can motivate you when you are discouraged.

Know your Goals

Set short and long term goals and make it SMART, to ensure progress and dedicate a set time each day or week to practice, reflect and adjust. To transform knowledge into skills, we must immediately apply new information to our world in a meaningful manner.

What an apt quote to end with

 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”– Benjamin Franklin

Positive Speaking and Mental Health Goes Hand In Hand #CauseAChatter #MentalHealth

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Would love to begin my post with inspiring positive quotes that I have come across and has become mantra of my life

“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”

“You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.”(Roy T. Bennett)

I have always believed in the power of subconscious mind. The words we use in our mind often describes our life, our surroundings, our relationships and us. Therefore it is as important to keep an eye on our internal dialogue as on our spoken words. For example if you constantly utter self depreciating language in your internal dialogue, you are actually allowing the power of words to work against you. So our whole life depends upon words. Therefore, speak with mindfulness.

I am sure most of you heard yourself saying things like

This is just impossible.”

“I’m a big failure at…”

“I’ll never be able to figure this out.”

“I’ll try, but…” and many more such negative self-talk. In such case you are sabotaging your life and probability of your success simply by how you speak. Even psychological research has found that your subconscious mind interprets your words literally as your mind and body always follow your words. So if you want your life to be great and want more confidence and opportunities, always speak what you really want to achieve. So be positive and speak positive.

I have read somewhere that our linguistic ability helps us defining our true potential and ability. So, do not restrict yourself by using wrong words. Use power of words to create and not to destroy.

Positive speaking here refers to self-talk as well as speaking to other’s.

Let’s learn some ways to develop positive speaking habits

“Can Do” Attitude

Self appreciation and self love is the key to happiness in todays’ fast moving chaotic world. Nobody has time to wait and listen to anyone, therefore it is important to mould yourself in such a way that you have high self-belief, self-confidence and self-esteem. Instead of expressing yourself in terms of , “I can’t, I don’t, I need, I won’t”, say things like “I can, I love, I choose”. With “can do” attitude you approve to be more confident and willing to do things rather than giving up.

Understand Other’s Perspective

Be more accommodating, empathetic and accepting. Absorb things with a pinch of salt. Avoid being too defensive, as people will have opinions and will judge you at every step in your life. If you keep reacting to every small little thing that is not acceptable to you then life is going to be a real burden. Therefore, instead of taking them seriously, start taking yourself more seriously. Instead of “they are complete idiots, say, they have different perspective. Be respectful to others.

Stick to your words

Do not ever apologize for your opinion. Let’s understand why do people feel sorry after expressing their true feelings? because they worry too much about what other people think, or because they put their feelings above their own needs. But yes, there are many situations where an apology is unnecessary too. It is imperative that we believe in ourself and our opinions and be assertive.

Choose appropriate word

I believe words have energy and power with the ability to help, heal, hinder, hurt, harm, humble and humiliate. If we are mindful of our words, we can create more positive and altruistic world. It is in our hand what we really want. Are we speaking prosperity, good health, and abundance upon yourself and others, or abusing, cursing and thus inviting sadness upon yourself and others?

Avoid Labels

Labels create a mental boundary in your subconscious mind that limits you. Labelling yourself as lazy, introvert, disorganized and so on, only reinforces an undesired state. Just because you have labelled yourself doesn’t mean you cannot choose to be different. A person can actually do something which looks difficult in the beginning but not impossible. For example I could never finish my work on time, but I have decided to prioritized my task so that I do not loose on time.

Take Ownership

If you say you’ll try to do something provides an excuse for not doing it. So don’t try. Do. be committed to what you say and what you believe in. People are scared to take accountability and thus run away from responsibilities. It is important that you own your life and feel the feeling of belongingness, as this will lead to better results in life and in turn makes you and people around you happy and content.

Learn to convert threat into an opportunity

I have heard this when I was doing my personal SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat). What is the difference between successful and not so successful people? Successful people never give up. Everyone has a problem, but how to approach them, is what makes a difference. Try and find an opportunity in every problem you face. For example, you got a tough boss, who is a real taskmaster and a workaholic, take it as an opportunity to develop your ability to manage up.

These kinds of positive self-talk and positive attitude and approach towards life will make your life worth living for, Our life mirrors what we speak- positive words leads to positive manifestation and vice versa.

Would like to end this post with a quote

“Your tongue is like a pen, use it wisely to write your destiny”

This Post is part of Blogchatter’s #CauseAChatter

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