Lifelong learning is a source of “JOY”
This month’s topic is near and dear to my heart: education. I am a perpetual student. When I’m not enrolled in an official course of some sort, I am reading at a mighty pace. There is so much to know, a plethora of information, facts and data galore, tips and tricks by the dozens, nuggets of practicality and deep wisdom waiting to be uncovered. The Question is,“Where to start?”
Developing an annual training program, whether or not an employer requires it, is a great idea. A plan helps us to focus our energy so that we are acquiring the skills, training and experiences that align with our values and support our hopes and dreams. The challenge is often making the final choices with so many options, it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole of exploring opportunities without ever making a commitment. To counter that temptation think about “JOY” as you consider the second half of 2016 and how and where you might engage in education and training.
J is for job. Think about your work. and communicating effectively? What feedback do I get or can I seek from the people in my life? What one skill might change everything? What skills do you need to sharpen? What changes in the legal environment could trip you up if you don’t catch up soon? What new technology could make your work so much easier, data more accessible and informative? What marketplace trends are you missing out on? What product knowledge could you mine for better sales? As you consider these questions, think about your uniqueness what do you bring to the workplace that no one else can bring? How do you build on that, polish it, nurture it?
O is for others. How can you improve our relationships with family
friends, colleagues, even yourself? This one may be a bit tougher so sit back, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Just sit there for a few minutes.
Now ask yourself a few questions.What causes me the greatest anxiety? What gets in the way of connecting and communicating effectively What feedback do I get or can I seek from the
people in my life? What one skill might change everything?
It might be: learning to listen more deeply, writing more effective emails, managing time better, being less angry, being more engaged, forgiving a past wrongdoing, being more aware and grateful, using words (verbal and written) in a more impactful manner… well, you get the idea. The list is endless. It might be a hard or soft skill, but you can master it. You might find it through coaching, in a workshop or in a self-help book. Just find it.
Y is for you. What sparks your curiosity? What makes you smile just thinking about it? Sky diving? Playing the piano? Baking an awesome streusel? Speaking fluent Spanish? Creating your own Zen garden in that ugly space out back? Then do that. Get outside the routine. Explore new territory. Find time for fun. It will empower everything you do.
Game on. Create your joy