It’s miraculously liberating to find this utopia in the learning process. It is what makes learning FUN.
The more I learn, dance, practice, demonstrate, teach, ponder, and reflect…..the more I discover that there are countless learning styles and teaching styles in existence.
Personally, I learn the best when I feel like I am doing a good job. The way I measure this is how often I am praised for doing something “right”. Simple, pat-on-the-back kind of phrases like ‘good job’, ‘that’s exactly it–keep it up’, or ‘excellent’ are like reassuring check-points along my learning journey. On another personal learning note, I struggle with receiving only one critique after another. That makes me feel like I am simply playing a fool with everything I try. And if I feel that way, I am less inclined to continue learning more about that area of study. To summarize, I prefer positive encouragement rather than negative feedback.
However, each person is unique, with their own set of needs and gifts; each learning style will be matched and suited to each individual differently.
That being said, over the last few years I have discovered that there is a universal learning approach that can make anybody feel good…
…Are you intrigued?
This approach is to experience learning with the discovery, wonder, and eagerness to explore the way a child does. A child is fearless. Their self-consciousness does not inhibit them from being silly and trying new things. They don’t care what they look like, sound like, smell like! Their minds are open to new opportunities, they move recklessly and with total abandon. Rules and conditions are non-existent.
As we grow up, we lose this knack for being freely present. We have added worry, insecurity, fear, pride, and our pesky companion called ego into the learning experience. And these punks can be magnificently crippling if we give them reason to. The less merit or truth we allow these things to have, the more we are able to let go and be non-judgmental of our own selves.
It’s miraculously liberating to find this utopia in the learning process. It is what makes learning FUN. It’s why we keep coming back for more. We LIKE it. It makes us feel good.
In your own words, and through your own experiences, how have you embraced your inner child while learning?