Well, it doesn't
work that way… and if we try to speed along the learning
curve, we're setting ourselves up to fall off the edge.
Acceptance is a huge way of lifting the burden. "It's
going to take some time, ok!" That way we're more willing
to take the time, because we know we need it.
Set smaller goals along the way
The trip of Life requires snacks and potty breaks. Let's not
see it as one long road, but a series of short hops. It'll
make the trip go by smoother and be a lot more enjoyable.
Get ready for more curves
The learning curve is not one long curve… it's a series
of twists and turns all over the place. We can't see around
the bend either, so it's best to just be prepared to turn.
Look for short cuts
That's how everyone else makes it look so easy; they know
that there's easier ways to do everything. So we need to find
our own short cuts. One we do that, the learning curve won't
so look big and menacing after all.
Ask for directions
Other people have "been there, done that" before
us; so asking them about their experiences will not only show
us short cuts, it'll help us avoid the pitfalls. Don't let
their experience go to waste.
Look back every once in a while
When all we do is look forward, it seems like we're never
going to get there. Every once in a while, it helps to look
back at the progress we've made. It's not only surprising,
it can also be comforting.
Show others the way
The best way to learn is to teach. That's because we have
to simplify it for someone without our experience. Simplifying
it for them often simplifies it for us. So share knowledge
and experience; give them directions. Hopefully, they'll take
Make a map of your learning curve...
• Pick something you're learning
or want to learn
• Pick out "Progress Points" along the route
• Estimate the time line (be realistic)
• Seek out advisors (on the web, or organizations, etc.)
• Commit to do it, and stick to it, until you arrive