I am not proud of the lapse in my learning from the time I left school to when I picked up study in my 50s, but returning to fulfil a dream has been a life-changing journey. I went from living my life on auto-pilot to realising how stuck I was. A series of small steps and small changes helped to widen the lens angle through which I had been doing life. While it takes courage to change I have yet to meet the person who has not been grateful for the opportunity to change.
Life on auto-pilot gave little expression to my personal core values. I noticed I had hunkered down and was hanging on with clenched fists. Yeah, I know you can’t hang on with clenched fists but there I was and sliding all the time. My confidence, self-esteem and sense of self-empowerment were straggling.
I signed up for an under graduate degree and dove in at the deep end. As they say the rest is history. The people I admire and consider successful all invest in lifelong learning. They plan for personal growth and engage in a range of activities. Study has been a stepping stone to increased self-awareness which always bears fruit in personal growth.
The four attributes of personal growth I look for in myself: desire, determination, discipline and patience. When these attributes are present my track record tells me I’m in for a growth spurt. Sometimes it is slow, long and painful – like the degree. Other times it is spontaneous and fun. However it happens, learning adds texture to life.
As I maintain an interest in learning I notice that:
1. it has raised my self-awareness
2. given me direction
3. improved my focus and effectiveness
4. enhanced my resilience
5. increase my motivation to keep going
6. improved my inter-personal relationship
What is the something you’ve wanted to do that is still possible given the motivation?
This month I am participating in the A-Z Challenge with others who have taken up the challenge to write posts loosely related to each letter of the alphabet. QP & Eye’s theme during this challenge is that of values – both lived and elements that add value to life. You can find out more about the challenge here.