The Monday Mindset: We Learn By Doing

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.
— Aristotle

 

Last week we talked about how we’re in a head game against ourselves and how entering the arena becomes paramount to our success’s, and our failures, during the work week. Entering the arena and getting after it becomes even more prevalent when begin to understand that every single one of us learns by doing. 

 

Talent , in a general sense, is the sum of our abilities. It is our intrinsic gifts, skills, knowledge, experience, intelligence, judgment, attitude, character, and drive, and our ability to grow and learn. Our talent encompasses many attributes that define us as individuals, but it still doesn’t add up to effort. Talent does not equal achievement — talent doesn’t get things done, putting the effort in consistently over time does. Learning the process through experience. 

We overemphasize talent, we underemphasize most everything else. Far too often, many of us quit before we even really get started, and then tell ourselves that we just didn’t have it in us (talent) to get the job done — we touched on this last week about getting in on Monday’s. These moments are not about how talented we are as individuals - they are about how much effort we’re willing to give to keep going.

 The ILP coaches getting after some olympic lifting education from Wil Fleming this past weekend. #learningbydoing

The ILP coaches getting after some olympic lifting education from Wil Fleming this past weekend. #learningbydoing

 

Furthermore, there is a direct relationship to staying true to our commitments, especially when we’re not comfortable, and our achievements. Learning by doing, coming back the next day, and then the following one, growing more eager by the day, is a reflection of our grittiness — our effort. Not coming back the next day, and then the following one, growing more reluctant by the day, leaves our effort at zero. By doing so, we lose our chances to achieve whatever our goals may be. We miss out on growing and developing skills. It’s Monday, go do some things, go learn some things — the arena awaits you