I was struck while reading Josh Waitzkin’s book The Art of Learning, about two models of learning. One model views learning as a static entity- we feel we are either good at something, or we are not. We feel we can learn something new or we cannot.
The other view is that of the incremental learner. This model views learning as something that happens over time- we begin to learn and then we get better.
The truth I have found is that we often operate under both modes of learning from time to time. Sometimes we feel that we are too old, too young, not enough education, not enough experience etc..
We feel our ability to learn or not learn is static- in this we have employed the entity model.
Other times we know that if we begin to learn, begin to train, begin to get better, we will incrementally get better. Our abilities will improve and our capabilities will expand.
A key is to be aware when we are operating in the static model and consciously switch to the incremental model of learning. This switch is accomplished as an act of awareness and intention.
If you truly want to learn something or be better at a thing- then begin. Start today and add to your knowledge a little every day. Maintain your desire, your passion to learn. Know why you want to gain the skill or the knowledge and keep that in your heart and mind.
By learning and doing something on a regular basis, you will gain knowledge and insight. By applying your insights and knowledge you gain experience and wisdom.
Do not talk yourself out of learning something you wish by thinking you cannot- you can! Start today and add to your knowledge incrementally- after a while you will be amazed at how far you have come!
Published: June 15, 2021
Categories: Martial Arts