One of my pursuits in life is to live a minimalist lifestyle. In fact, I include this in one of my talks and call it the Minimalist Beauty Queen Lifestyle. This new approach in life involves letting go of a lot of things. I’m not talking about the material stuff. I’m also touching the areas of our lives that need decluttering. For today’s blog post, we’ll be touching on the subject of letting go of your fear of learning.
A popular anonymous quote said it best, “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
Life, after all, is a continuous learning process.
Some of us, however, are not big fans of learning new things. Once they master a certain aspect of life or a new hobby, they would remain stagnant and leave life “just as it is.” There are also those who aren’t fond of change and would rather retain what they currently know. In their opinion, they know enough now anyway. So, why waste their time learning more?
On the contrary, learning more is never a waste of time. In fact, it’s one of the wisest ways to make the most of your time.
Why Learning Matters
Your surroundings are constantly changing, whether you like it or not. If you’re not open to learning something new every day, you will definitely miss out on a vital shift or change. By remaining open to learning, you keep up with everything that is happening around you.
Learning is also the key to happiness. According to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, an organization that promotes academic cooperation between scholars & scientists in Germany, learning actually brings happiness.
The Bible is also for continuous learning.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” Proverbs 1:5
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15
According to King Solomon, the wisest man to live on earth, wise people are thirsty for knowledge and guidance. They are always eager to learn more, especially if it is about the Lord and His works.
Yes, it can be tough and frustrating, especially when you’re teaching your brain to encode new information. But there is nothing better than the feeling that comes after accomplishing something.
For the person who is constantly searching for happiness, learning is your first step. But how do you start (and make sure you finish it all the way)?
Do Not Waste Time
Everyone has excuses. As a life coach, I’m no stranger to the common excuses: “I’m too old,” “I’m too young,” “I have a lot of work to do,” and “I just don’t have the time to do it”, are some of the most popular ones. Some of my clients thought they couldn’t do little changes, but I believe they can. They are just blinded by excuses.
Excuses, to put it bluntly, are just a waste of your time. If you wallow in your excuses, you’ll realize that it’s already too late.
Instead of wasting your time, follow what the popular brand Nike says: JUST DO IT.
Have you always wanted to pick up a new hobby? Then do it. Start by learning more about this hobby. Go on the Internet, search the basics, and start doing it. Don’t hesitate to invite some of your friends so they can try it with you.
Do you want to learn more about life and how it works? Join a study group, preferably a Bible study from your local church. Pull in some friends so you can learn more about life and how God created you and the things that surround you.
Don’t let fear or uncertainty of what’s to come stop you from developing a potential skill or passion. Do it now before it’s too late.
Learn Something New
There’s no way to know everything all at once. Instead of overloading your brain with information, start small and try to learn something new every day. Look for ways to gather new knowledge.
Books can also be your new friends. Read books and articles to expand your awareness about the world, people, and other topics. Reading, after all, is one of the best ways to learn. Make it a point to read every day. It can be just for 15 minutes on your lunch break or an hour before you go to sleep.
Explore other cultures in a more creative way by reading fiction. Immerse yourself in the character’s experience and gain insight on their emotions and interpersonal relationships. Non-fiction, on the other hand, can teach you about everything: history, how-to’s, geography — everything.
Continuous Personal Development
Finally, just when you think you’re better than yesterday, don’t stop improving. As the old saying goes, there is always room for improvement.
My journey as a life coach has led me to people who didn’t realize their potential in the beginning. They insist that they are settled already. I, on the other hand, always believe the best in people. After going through our personal development training, they realize that there is more to them than they realize. The same can be said for you.
Each day is an opportunity to learn more about yourself. If you really want an unbiased view, seek the opinion of other people around you. Your family should be on top of your list. It can be tough to ask them, especially since you can foresee them bringing up your past. But your family knows you the best. Ask your friends too.
Once you’ve listed down their insight, put it in perspective and plan a Better You project. Brainstorm ideas on how to improve. This will require humility and a little sacrifice on your part, but that’s okay. It’s a step-by-step process that takes time and patience.
According to the Bible, a wise man will hear and will increase in learning (Psalm 119:7). That is one of the goals for every minimalist beauty queen.
Instead of thinking of learning as a burdensome task, change your perspective. Look at it as an opportunity to improve yourself, to be a better version of yourself. Yes, it’s challenging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome it.
When you learn, you SHINE brighter. Learning is also essential to living a minimalist beauty lifestyle. Continuous learning teaches you different ways to simplify your life and still be beautiful at the same time.
Live a minimalist beauty queen lifestyle by learning continuously!