When was the last time you learned something new? It might have been yesterday, or last week, or last month. But chances are, it's been a while. According to experts adults who engage in continuous learning are more likely to have better mental health outcomes.
In fact, if we don't keep learning and growing, we can actually start to lose our cognitive abilities. So how can we make sure that we're always learning and growing? It's not as hard as you might think! We are living in the era of knowledge workers; not being able to collaborate and not being able to share our learnings both have a direct negative impact on our wellbeing.
Carol Dweck, author of the “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” book, there are two types of mindsets; fixed or growth. A growth mindset is a state of mind where people believe that they can learn and are open to developing their skills and adding new skills. According to experts, it is important to have a growth mindset to be successful in any role you are in! It is especially important if you are a leader, coach, or manager working towards transforming your team or organization.
LinkedIn Learning surveyed their network of over 660+ million professionals and 20+ million jobs and identified Adaptability as one of the 5 most in-demand interpersonal skills of the 21st century. To thrive and succeed, you need to adapt in order to excel professionally and personally. So how do we thrive in this changing world? Adaptability is achieved by developing capabilities and then implementing them into our life and work activities. Continuous learning, as the name suggests, is an ongoing effort to improve your knowledge and skills. This process can come in many forms: from taking formal courses to informal social learning. It involves self-initiative and taking on challenges.
Learning is an essential part of our lives, but it’s one that we often overlook. We all have unique learning journeys and they should be things to look forward to rather than dreading. To make your journey more enjoyable, try creating a personalized list of what you want to learn next with the help of some tried-and-true methods for continual improvement like deliberate practice or incremental progression. You can also find out new insights into how people learn by exploring the latest psychology research on this topic, for example reading the book mentioned above by Carol Dweck.
Learning new skills and improving existing ones has been proven to be good for your mental health. As the world becomes more complex, it’s important that we all do our research on how to continuously improve ourselves at work and in life. If you want to be at your best both mentally and professionally then we recommend getting started on your own personal journey of continual improvement by asking yourself these questions: What do I need to learn? How will this benefit my career, business or personal life? Who can help me achieve what I set out to accomplish? And finally, when am I going to start taking action so that all of this becomes reality?