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3 Learner Characteristics That Predict Success

3 Learner Characteristics That Predict Success

Think of a little kid that is just learning to walk. For the kid, success means being able to walk five steps straight without falling down. And to be successful in that, the kid needs to learn to move one leg forward, be stable, and then move another leg forward. It is a series of small learnings that – when combined together – create success.

What makes a kid learn so fast? Apart from physiological factors, attitude is key. Are you motivated to figure things out like when you were a kid? Have you cared more about how others think about you as you’re growing up? All these can largely affects one’s success more than intelligence does.

And you might have already noticed that friends who succeeded are not the most intelligent ones. It’s their mindsets that make them go far. Here are three learner characteristics that may determine why one is more successful over another:

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1. Motivation

Motivation is the desire or willingness to do something. Why are you doing what you are doing? Is your reason enough to keep you doing it for a long time? And enough to get you back up on your feet when you fall down?

To improve your motivation in learning, some of the things that you can do to help you are:[1]

  • Break down goals into smaller ones to have more progress that can further motivate you
  • Build a habit. Choose a regular time to study/work each day so that you set a pattern for yourself
  • Use a symbol for studying/work. Choose an item, like a hat, that you put on when, and only when, you are studying/working or an item that you place on your desk as you study/work
  • Give yourself an affirmation every day. This will boost your confidence and motivate you at the same time
  • Design an adequate environment for yourself. Check lighting, noise, comfort of furniture, etc., in three or four places to determine which spot works best for you

2. Anxiety

When you are anxious about learning something, it affects the learning process. According to a study, children with higher levels of anxiety learned slower than those with lower levels of anxiety. [2]

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If you are always anxious, some of the things that you can do to help you manage it are: [3]

  • Take a time-out. Do yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health
  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary
  • Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
  • Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way

3. Positive attitude

Have a positive attitude when attempting to learn something. Do not start off a learning task by having negative thoughts or questioning what you are about to learn. You need to embrace the learning process with an open heart and an open attitude. To have a positive attitude, you should quit complaining. Do not entertain pessimism as this will discourage you from learning.

Learning starts from within. In the end it is up to us if we absorb what we are learning, or not. If we do, the things that we learn will be the building blocks of our successes.

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This model is adapted from a language learning model

Reference

[1] http://www.uccs.umn.edu/oldsite/lasc/handouts/waysimprove.html
[2] http://psychology.anu.edu.au/research/highlights/how-anxiety-affects-learning
[3] https://www.adaa.org/tips-manage-anxiety-and-stress

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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