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How to Discover What You Want in Your LIfe

How to Discover What You Want in Your LIfe

Are you struggling to figure out what you truly want in your life? If so, I’ve got answers for you.

Here’s how to discover what you want in your life:

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1. First, get rid of what you don’t want in your life

Here’s how most people try to find their passion: they start searching for their passion on top of an already crazy-busy, hectic schedule. They get stressed out by their intense quest to find what they love and end up giving up their search, succumbing to a life they don’t really love.

Instead, I want you to focus first on what you don’t want in your life. Even if you have no idea what you truly do want, you more than likely have things in your life that you know you don’t want. Start getting rid of the unimportant junk in your life. Get rid of the time-sucking, empty activities that don’t add value to your life. Spend less time with toxic people. Start saying no to activities that don’t align with your priorities so you have more time to say yes to what truly matters.

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You must create time and space in your life to find what you want, and the best way to do that is to start getting rid of the unimportant junk in your schedule and in your environment.

2. Understand that clarity will come from taking action

Self-discovery is important, and there are some very helpful tests to help you understand your innate strengths and your personality. These tests can be incredibly eye-opening, and when you understand who you are, you can make choices that best use your strengths. However, self-discovery alone typically isn’t going to give you all the answers you need. If you truly want clarity in your life, you’ll need to get out from behind your computer and take action.

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Clarity comes from taking action.

The self-discovery process must be combined with taking massive action. Get out there and try new things. Ultimately, no matter how many aptitude tests you take, you won’t know what you truly love until you try it. You must act to find the clarity you desire. Whether it’s taking a community education course on a topic that interests you, speaking at an event for a cause that’s meaningful to you, mentoring someone, or starting to write the book you’ve been longing to write — there are thousands of ways you can take action to start figuring out what you love. Pay attention to what tugs at your heart and captures your attention, and take action related to the topics that pique your interest.

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3. Get out of your comfort zone on a regular basis

If you haven’t found what you love in your current life, you’re not going to find it by continuing your same-old routine, day in and day out, for another decade. If you haven’t found what lights you up, you’re going to need to shake things up in your life and get out of your comfort zone. The life you dream of living is outside of your comfort zone. You’ll need to step out of your comfort zone over and over to grow into the person you are meant to be and live the life you long to live. Not sure how to get out of your comfort zone? Check out this article for 7 small ways to start getting out of your comfort zone today.

Discovering what you want in your life isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely possible. By following the above steps (get rid of what you don’t want in your life, consistently take action toward what interests you, and step out of your comfort zone on a regular basis), you will be well on your way to discovering the life you truly want to live.

Featured photo credit: Marina del Castell Lost in Thought via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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