Dogma Athletica September Theme - Learning

September Theme – Learning

“Love of learning is the most necessary passion … in it lies our happiness. It’s a sure remedy for what ails us, an unending source of pleasure,” Emilie du Chatelet – French philosopher and mathematician whose study specialized in movement and energy

Imagine a world where you effortlessly absorb knowledge, swiftly conquer challenges, and consistently outperform your previous self. Whether you’re striving for an athletic physique or aiming to climb the success ladder, lifelong learning can be your secret weapon for achieving unparalleled fitness and life performance.

Unleashing the Potential of Cognitive Learning

As Einstein wisely quipped, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Consider a sprinter who mechanically runs versus one who envisions each stride, the wind against their face, the rhythm of their heartbeat. The latter thrives because they’ve embraced cognitive learning; they visualize success and understand their movements.

Let’s delve into some learning techniques that can transform your fitness, family and business trajectories.

1. Visualizing Excellence

Picture this: Before you even set foot in the gym or office, you close your eyes and see yourself conquering the toughest challenges. This is the power of visualization, a technique harnessed by athletes, artists, and successful individuals across fields. It’s an intricate dance of imagination and intention – and something that we have specific lessons on in our performance psychology offerings.

Visualizing your fitness journey, you vividly see yourself becoming more coordinated, moving faster, having more physical endurance. In your business, you envision yourself earning client loyalty, mastering negotiations, and making bold decisions. In your family, you seek understanding when considering your children’s behaviors, interacting with your spouse, or engaging with your siblings.  By consistently visualizing success, you’re rewiring your brain to believe in your capabilities.

2. Thinking Critically

Recall facing a complex problem at work—a puzzle with missing pieces. Instead of trying random pieces, you think critically, analyze the available information, and assess the best solutions to the puzzle. This methodical approach leads more quickly to better solutions than trying random guesses and approaches.

Albert Einstein also remarked, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Apply this to your fitness, career and family. Engage in deliberate thinking; break down fitness routines into functional movements, dissect a business problem like a detective gathering clues, or consider a family member’s behaviors in context of how they see the world. Critical thinking enhances your ability to decipher challenges and devise strategic solutions.

3. Embracing Active Recall

Imagine a treasure hunt where you actively search for knowledge instead of passively waiting for it to be handed to you. This is active recall, a technique where you retrieve information from memory rather than rereading it. It’s like sifting through a library catalog to find the perfect book.

In fitness, actively recall the steps of a new workout regimen, each repetition ingrained in your memory. In your work, strive to recall key data during a crucial meeting to help develop your insights. In a family situation, think back on a time when you were exceptionally proud of how a child handled a difficult situation.  The act of recalling strengthens your memory and creates a mental Rolodex of valuable information.

Nurturing Growth Through Learning

By adapting these techniques, you’re cultivating a mindset that thrives on curiosity, exploration, and resilience.

Begin incorporating one learning technique into your daily routine. As you visualize success, think critically, and actively recall information, you’ll embark on a transformative journey. Apply these techniques to fitness, career or family situations and observe how your performance evolves.

And remember, learning is not a destination, but the journey of life.