Get Motivated for Life Long Learning in Newcastle – Hypnotherapy Help
It’s never too late to learn something new. In fact, most of us learn something new every day just by opening up a book or paper, or listening to news or a documentary. Isn’t it gratifying to have your mind opened up to a new subject or thing? That’s why I’m a big advocate of Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week), which is a national celebration of lifelong learning and extols the benefits of learning something new with ‘Have a Go’ learning events taking place during June.
So let’s nip the usual excuses in the bud right now: ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I’m too old to start’ ‘I can’t afford it’, ‘I’ll probably get bored’ etc.
You do have time
Admit it! How many hours a day do you spend in front of the TV or reading gossip in the glossies? If you were a child of the 1970s you’ll remember that television programme which demanded “Why don’t you just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead”. I think that is great advice for every generation.
You’re not too old
Learning opens doors to experiences and opportunities and you really can teach an old dog new tricks. Giving your brain cells a good shake up works wonders: Just look at the older successful people who have achieved success in careers they began in their middle age. Here’s a few you may have heard of: Colonel Sanders of KFC (sold his first franchise for Kentucky Fried Chicken at 62), Ronald Reagan (achieved his first public office at 55 years old), Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car in 1908, Vera Wang was first known as an accomplished figure skater and a fashion editor before changing her career to design icon at 40.
There is much scientific evidence proving that keeping your brain stimulated with new learning can prevent dementia, as learning both strengthens and develops neurone links in the brain tissue. Just imagine how much your new knowledge will build confidence, motivation and energy.
I can’t afford it
Can you afford not to? Learning allows you to take things into your own hands and gives you a chance to change what you want to. In these days of increasing competition for jobs from home and abroad, you should really be honing your skills to make yourself as indispensable a team member as possible to achieve that promotion and wage rise you’ve been hoping for – with new skills you can exert stronger leverage with your boss for a pay rise.
What about learning a language, a new computer or IT skill or enhancing your public speaking and presentation skills? All of these will give you powerful new qualifications to make you feel empowered and more confident. Some learning is freely available with self-help books and online resources where you can learn new skills effectively in whatever sector you are operating in.
Not just the mind, but the body likes to learn too
Learning something new doesn’t just have to be intellectual or vocational – it could be physical or a mixture of both such as learning a martial art, dancing, ballet, or a new form of fitness that your body hasn’t done before to build strength, balance and improve your physique.
Is there something you know you would enjoy doing for a hobby like painting, flower arranging, cake design, interior design, dressmaking, amateur dramatics? Pottery for example takes balance, poise and concentration and can be highly physical, as can Amateur Dramatics. All of these hobbies have inherent physical and mental health benefits as well as being socially rewarding through meeting new people, countering loneliness and isolation and opening up a whole new circle of friends and conversational topics!
“But I’ve lost all my motivation”
Now is the time to get it back. Call me if you want some extra help. My hypnotherapy and positive thinking courses and other interventions are designed to help you get back on track with renewed energy and motivation for your life-long learning, especially if you are feeling demotivated after illness, redundancy or unemployment.
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