January 23rd, 2015
Only a few days left in January…..if you made a New Year’s resolution or set a new goal, research says you may have given up by now. Has that happened to you? We all start off with good intentions but then somehow we slip back into our “old” ways. Without realizing it our habits take over and by the time we realize it, we’ve slipped.
What if you had a way to interrupt those ingrained habits? You see the problem with trying to do the same thing is that the same problems appear. If it is a new habit we are trying to create then motivation can be hard to find sometimes, or we don’t have what we need, or life interrupts and something else becomes more urgent (notice I didn’t say more important). Has that ever happened to you? The result is a slow and steady draining of your energy whether you realize it or not.
Without understanding why that resolution or new goal is important to you, you are only seeing the fact that you didn’t do “x”. You are not seeing the big picture of how accomplishing that goal is going to make you feel, or what affect it will have on you and your family. You only see that you didn’t do it. In coaching we say that you are losing sight of the “big agenda” which simply put is who you are becoming. Why did you pick that resolution or goal? Who do you have to become to realize it?
No matter how big your “why” is, you can improve your odds of accomplishing something with a little help from your friends. Well, not really your friends as sometimes they have a tendency to “go easy” on you and let you off the hook if you whine enough about the crazy week you’ve had. You want a coach or accountability partner that will empathize but will also ask you to think deeper about what got in the way and then nonjudgmentally support you and guide you back to your big “why.”
Group coaching is a great way to get that kind of support and accountability. A small group of like-minded women working together to support each other can do amazing things. If you’re ready to make this “your year”, then join our group starting the end of February. Call or email me today as the group is limited to 6 and will be held in the Norwell/Hingham area. (781) 659-0513 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Do it for yourself!
October 21st, 2014
The first and most important skill in learning is the ability to remember. If you can’t remember the information you certainly cannot use it for problem solving, creative thinking or critical thinking. The graphic on the left is a representation of the “revised” Bloom’s Taxonomy. The lower green section used to be called “knowledge” when this first came out in the 1950’s. It was revised in the 1990’s and all the nouns were changed to verbs to show that learning is more action oriented. It progresses from the bottom and most basic of skills (remembering) to the top showing the most advanced or higher level thinking skill of creating (called synthesis on the earlier version).
The ability to remember is dependent on a number of factors. Have you ever forgotten why you entered a room or the name of a person you just met? It could have been due to attention, motivation, emotion or relevancy. These are the same things that affect your son or daughter’s ability to remember also.
- Get ready to pay attention – this tells the brain to focus on the important and disregard the unimportant.
- Make sure basic needs are met (food, water, sleep, safety, belonging, etc.)
- Make sure emotions are in check (emotions control the brain’s ability to remember)
- What motivates? (intrinsic vs extrinsic)
- Make learning personal (connect it in a meaningful way to your or your child’s life)
- Manage the distractions – write down anything that interrupts your thinking and deal with it later
- Visualize what you need to remember (often the crazier the easier to remember)
- Use color, shape, placement, words and numbers to help the brain recall details (mindmaps)
- Create mnemonics (riddles, acronyms, acrostics, loci, stories, etc.) for chunks of information
- Take periodic, non-electronic breaks to allow the brain to process the new information
- Use your learning style – it’s your preference for a reason
- Take an interest – read ahead, research on your own, find other sources, make connections
- Use your own words, rehearse, reflect and review to remember
- Maintain a growth mindset – believe you can remember/learn anything. It’s effort not IQ.
Whether it is in the classroom, boardroom or living room, your ability to remember starts when you are first presented with new/different information – be ready.