This shouldn’t be news to anyone. It’s easiest to stay in your little bubble in your day to day than to venture out of it to learn a new skill.
This message was driven home recently again when I was teaching some older adults about social media and online marketing. These subjects seem pretty basic to me but I soon realized that this is not the case for these fine folks.
It applies to all that I teach these days. Whether it’s ChiRunning, triathlon or online engagement, I try to get people to come to my courses with an open mind. That usually means trying things that haven’t been tried before.
Some people expect to be experts overnight, myself included. Working on my golf swing has really humbled me. You take a few steps forward and then one step back, if it’s not more. But if you want to accomplish goals, you don’t have much of a choice but to learn to get out of your current situation.
Learning a new valuable skill takes time and money, usually more of the former than the latter. And you have to do something about it. It’s very hard to learn a new skill from the comfort of your own couch, although the online world has shifted that a bit.
As you know, learning takes focus, patience and for you to get out of your comfort zone. It can be quite scary but more often than not, it is very rewarding. And it makes you want to learn more. And more.
And really, what’s the alternative? That’s what I thought!
Speaking of learning, I think that most people who come to my ChiRunning course learn more about posture than anything else. I like it that way.
Check out this infographic about good posture at work. I hope it makes you sit up a bit straighter today! ;)