Metrics!

Metrics- a method of measuring something, or the results obtained from this

 

 

What is the purpose behind a metric?

Having a quantifiable measurement stimulates growth. When a metric is placed on an activity in whatever your skill may be, it will keep you well-informed about your progress. How would Usain Bolt know he is the fastest if he’s not timing his races? Measuring progress tells you about the past and future, and whether you’re on the right path or not. Collection of data will help you always be aware of when you reach your target.

By keeping a simple target, you’ll drive performance and continue to evolve.

What are a few effective metrics and how can we apply them?

In skill acquisition, you need to measure how much time you’re putting in, the level of completion of the activity, your investment of emotion, how well you’re adhering to your plan and the results of your practice/training. These 5 simple things will give you all the information you need to know about your progress. So, let’s look at how we can apply them.

Keep a journal of all the metrics in skill acquisition.

 

Time- To keep track of how your using your time is to monitor your productivity. Every skill set has a subset of skills that need to be mastered. Delegate a certain amount of time to mastery of that specific activity. When the prescribed time period is up, observe the level of completion for the activity. If you haven’t mastered your desired level, give it more time. At the point of satisfactory results, you’ll be able to know how long that specific sub-skill took and you’ll have an idea of how much time it will take to go deeper into that skill in the future.

 

Completion- Monitoring your level of mastery in a skill is imperative. This is the ‘pulse’ of skill acquisition and you need to always have your fingers on it. Deconstruct the skill and identify key steps in mastery. Write them down and practice, practice, practice. Record your progress over time.

 

Emotion- The major barrier in skill acquisition isn’t intellectual- it’s emotional. If we are putting effort into something that isn’t yielding the results we want, our emotions are going to drop. Journal your emotions mindfully. Recognize the patterns of your emotions as you progress in your path to mastery. Grief and negative emotions are normally indications that something needs to be improved.

 

The Plan- Take the time to make a plan. Follow it and measure how well you stick to it. Always make your plan adaptable, though. Life is dynamic. Your plan should be, too.

 

The Results- Keep a log of your results. There will always be results that are of higher quality than others- measure that as well. When you do log the results, be sure to note what caused those results to happen. Through mindfulness of cause, effect, and quality, you’ll be able to repeat the same results over and over again. Always be process oriented for maximum exposure.

 

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Get Into The Mind Of A Self-Directed Learner

Every archetype has their own view of the world. Optimists view life in terms of the glass being half full. Narcissists believe the universe revolves around them.

Let’s take a look into the reality of a self-directed learner.

Self-directed learners see the world in terms of possibilities. Where others see problems, we see opportunities for growth. The world is a veritable pearl patiently waiting to be plucked from the oyster that houses it. Set deep in the contents of our mind are models of the world that we often access to discover new truths and adapt to this frequently changing world.

Even if only a few of our core beliefs were adopted by the common individual, their design for life would drastically change. If you hope to actualize your greatest potentials go ahead and watch the video below.

 

 

These paradigms are only a glimpse through the looking glass.

Self-directed learners possess hundreds of models to sort through for prosperity. These ways of thinking are characterized by curiosity, drive, and creativity. Evolution has taken an interesting turn in technology used to support the human race. Our primitive thoughts and tools have graduated to become much more complex modes of being and doing.

Because adaptationists are constantly growing, today’s insights are tomorrow’s old news. If the past is objectively looked upon, measurable results can be seen over the span of our existence. Where fire kept us warm and gave us light; we now use electric lamps and heaters. Psychoanalysis replaced lobotomies. Evolution is inevitable. Where are you while it’s happening?

Self-Directed learners meta-evolve or evolve evolution. Intelligent design has been recognized and emulated.

Step into the skin of a self-directed learner. Create methodologies that hack away the time it takes for growth.

Learning is never over. Processes can always become refined and scaled. Continue your education.

Paradigms of a Self-Directed Learner

-Learning is constant

-Lessons are everywhere.

-Your brain is designed to evolve

-Everyone has experience you don’t

-Successful models work better together

-Self-Directed Learners actively seek truth

-Self-Directed Learners are never afraid to be wrong and frequently admit it.

– Intelligence and Education is the ultimate good. It can never be depleted

– Mastery is never over

– Live a life of your own design

Feel free to comment below and add your own. We are always welcome to new ideas.

 

 

 

 

Lesson Learning The Easy Way

Have you ever gone through a situation that brought grief?

I’m certain that grief is a universal experience. Have you ever known somebody that kept going through the same grief? I know plenty of people that are ‘insane’. I’m even guilty of this myself. Creating the unfortunate experience of going through an unwanted situation repeatedly has been sort of my forte. Fortunately, it’s been through these misfortunes that I’ve learned lessons on learning lessons.

 

Here are the key take-aways:

– If you haven’t changed a behavior, you haven’t learned a lesson.

-Lessons are easy to learn if you have the right methodology.

-Lessons are everywhere! (You just have to remember to look)

What I’ve learned is that there’s the hard way of learning lessons and there’s the easy way of learning lessons. Let’s take a look at how to avoid making learning the hard way a habit.

 

I’m glad you checked it out!

Does learning lessons the hard way make us hard-headed? No! It makes us insane.

Constantly making the same mistake can be a bit maddening. It’s almost like we are consciously choosing pain and suffering. This can be especially painful if we are aware of the mistake as or immediately after we make it. If you want to take a step towards productive lesson learning, it’s time to change the behavior. You can’t expect to keep acting the same way about things and get different results. Let’s get into the process of learning lessons the easy way.

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Easy lesson learning focuses on minimizing same mistake repetition. Avoidance implies that you have a new habit/action to replace an old one. This 3 step process is designed to help you avoid repetitive mistakes.

Step 1: Identify a need and the solution.

The best way to identify a mistake is to be aware of how you feel. Grief and pain are the most common indications of a mistake. Don’t find relief if neither are present, though. These emotions are not the only indicators of a mistake. With that in mind, always be mindful of feedback. Feedback is great because you find a mistake and may find the solution to it. Once a mistake has been revealed, devise a way to avoid it in the future.

Step 2: Quickly implement the new behavior.

This can not be expressed enough… learning isn’t learning unless there is a behavior change! Act out your solution as soon as you can. Immediate action with the wound of the mistake still fresh is even better. The pain of it still lingering can be motivation for implementing the new action. If you don’t have the luxury of a freshly made mistake to work with, rehearse the solution anyways. Repeat until it’s almost second nature. This will create the conditions of you being more liable to act through the new behavior automatically.

Step 3: Internalize the new behavior

Internalizing the new behavior is almost an extension of implementation. Rapid implementation makes internalization possible. The best internalization happens through repetition and finding new context to put the behavior in. Just ask yourself, what are some similar mistakes you’ve made before? The answer to that question is where you’ll be able to re-contextualize this new behavior.

 

Want to know something crazy?

Most people lack awareness of two things. The first is that lessons are everywhere. The second is that people’s problems can be solved by learning these common everyday lessons. Before I get into another rant about the mindless masses, let me tell you why lessons are everywhere. This earth contains so many events happening simultaneously, knowledge is just waiting to be imparted on us. We just have to look. People have multitudes of different experiences everyday. We goto the store. We goto work. We walk our dogs. We see other people.

What if you were walking on the sidewalk and you observed a person crossing the street. Now, what if that person got hit by a car? What would you do if you wanted to cross the street in the future? I’d bet that if this wasn’t already a habit of yours, you’d look both ways before you cross. Well… lesson learned.

I once almost lost my temper with a child. I learned what ‘pushed my buttons’ and how to cope with stressors.

I once cleaned trash up but missed other trash. I learned the importance of slowing down and becoming focused.

Lessons are everywhere. Through learning truths, quickly implementing them, and re-contextualizing them, we have the capacity to solve every problem in our life. I can take the smallest lesson and with a little re-contextualization make major impacts in my life. Lessons are everywhere and everything is connected.

 

Cross The Streams! Mix Learning Styles for Maximum Potential

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Everybody has a preferred learning style. Whether is through being a hands-on aka kinesthetic learner or through hearing someone talk you through the steps aka auditory learner, each individual has their own strengths and weaknesses. It’s time to tune up your styles and strengthen your methods.

 

First, let’s get the different learning styles ‘out there’ for analysis and interpretation. Then we can get into the suggested activities and applications.

Just do us one favor and ask yourself what do you know about learning styles before you get any further.

 

Essentially there are 7 different learning styles:

Visual (Spatial)- image based, using pictures and spatial awareness

Auditory (echoic-musical)- spoken word preference, sound cues, and music

Verbal (Linguistic)- Words in speech and text

Physical (Kinesthetic)- preference to bodily senses and touch

Logical (mathematical)- Use set rules or logic with basic reasoning

Social (interpersonal)- preference to learning with people, teachers, or group study

Solitary (intrapersonal)- preference for working alone, self study, and discovering on one’s own

 

With the styles in your working memory, try to get them deep into your long-term memory through encoding the information.

Here’s a quick tip on encoding to the long term memory.

 

-On a piece of paper or word document, define each style one-by-by in your own words. Then redefine it 3 or 4 more times. Use 2 to 3 words each. Remember, aim for comprehension.

 

Now it’s on to the fun stuff!

Here’s the activity we suggest:

Mix two styles in at least four different pairs.

I’ll give an example of a mixed pair.

Lets cross the physical with the verbal. We can go through a quick mindfulness exercise in just 5 steps.

Step 1. Bring your awareness on a hand. Focus on feeling the whole surface.

Step 2. Verbally state your actions. In example, say “I’m feeling the surface of my hand. I feel the back, and I feel the front.

Step 3. Let your words be your guide to shift your awareness all around your hand with more intensity. Tell yourself “Now, I’ll bring my awareness to my pointer finger. Now I’ll move it to my wrist. Now I’ll bring it to my middle finger.

Step 4. Ask yourself questions to gauge where you’re at. A few examples would be, “How well can I feel my hand? Is my awareness shifting with my verbal cues? How can I make the sensation more intense?”

Step 5. Repeat.

Voila! There is a simple example of mixing learning styles. Here’s a quick question to ask yourself.

How else can I mix learning styles? And, what result will the combinations do?

 

 

 

Here’s a link to make an inventory of your learning styles!

http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-learning-styles-quiz

Below is a quick video that goes deeper on the concept of combining learning styles and a few examples of application.

 

 


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Find Your Maps, Find Your Potentials

Education technology is growing and evolving. We are rapidly building the intelligence age from the information age. We’ve begun building awareness for what makes us the intellectual and extraordinary beings that we are.

One of the most enlightening concepts that has touched my existence as someone that’s waking up from the complete takeover of my daily automatic response is discovering that my mind has ‘mapped out’ reality. It’s put together a system of interpretations and responses on how the world works and how I should behave in the world.

An even bigger epiphany was in the realization is that my maps are not the territory.

But, more on that another time. I want to discuss your mental maps and how you can make them physical through methods like concept mapping and mind mapping.

Let’s start off with mental maps. Everyone has models of reality. These models are made up of our theories of the world and are built through the scaffolding of cultural influences, media, experience, and modern education. Although, they are meant to guide us just as physical maps do, they can often be distorted.

You and I and everybody else bring these maps with them every where they go. We often view our maps as complete and correct, which in turn only solidify their usage. But, what happens to the brash American from the deep woods of the south when he arrives in Japan?

His loud and narrow minded views would surely be cause for alarm in a foreign land where the map differs significantly. That’s just a ‘map’ of behaviors, too.

Do you think an amateur golfers mental map of how he plays differs from someone like Tiger Woods? Just food for thought.

Before I get into physical maps, check out this video on how your mental maps and information processing coexist.

 

 

If you want to improve your mental maps, it’s time to discover what they consist of and how it affects your operations.

The language of the brain is primarily in images. Symbolism is a crux in humanity. The cross, the skull, Santa… All of these invoke images that you can put words to. They stimulate our emotions and guide behaviors.

I want to suggest to you that an image in the brain is a lot like a compressed file in a computer hard drive. I know we aren’t computers, but bare with me. These information packets can include data that’s readable, encrypted, and sometimes even work like executable programs. When transferred to our Short Term or Working Memory systems, they cause all kinds of actions in us.

So how can we manipulate the maps?

We can run the programs, observe our actions, and tweak the code to have different outcomes. Another great way would be to physically map out different topics.

Mind maps and concept maps are especially powerful. They also have many more advantages than just finding out what your different maps consist of. They double as study tools, mnemonic devices, creativity explorers, memory builders, and problem solvers.

Mind maps give you the ability to completely organize subjects and ‘unzip’ information that’s been compressed into the images your brain uses. They allow you to create new connections that you weren’t able see before.

Here’s an article I found on Mind Mapping that you can greatly benefit from.

In case the link didn’t open here’s the web url.

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm

 

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More Than Just ‘I’, Meta Experience

In my previous article, I gave a little insight on the developmental stages and healthy functions of the ego. The purpose of it was to give knowledge on how you operate as a cognitive functioning human, or metaknowledge. In this article, I’ll explore the experiential or meta experience side of your ego so you can discover your path to self learning and developing a healthy functioning ego.

In order to go through the experience of transcending our previous self, it’s important to know about your different ego states,how to observe your ego, how to surrender and strengthen good states, and how to develop a transcendent intention. Although I did mention in my previous article I was going to feature a video from a personal favorite self-development teacher, I decided not to because the language and analogies in the video aren’t quite consistent with the language and analogies I use in my videos. Put simply, he’ll let things get rated R while I try to keep things PG13.

With that said, let’s get to it. I’m going to drop a little meta experience on you by explaining your ‘filters’ of your self-reality, the power of observing these filters, changing the filters, and, of course, the intention behind of your filter.

As pointed out in part one of this topic, there are different levels of development of the ego. Each stage has it’s own template of how it filters reality in relevance to ‘I’. Each template consists of different ‘ego states’. Many people believe that when they have a thought about themselves that the “I” or self-image portion is contained in a unified existence. In reality, their self image is broken up to what best suits their needs at the time. Each fragment, momentary ‘I’, or ego state filters reality through a set of emotions, self beliefs, beliefs about the world, and a reference to previous experiences; and suggests for you to act as it sees fit.

In almost every instance, ego states focus one’s attention on narrow segments of reality. This sets up the framework to be absorbed into an identity like ‘dumb blonde’ or ‘workaholic’. A new sense of “I” develops as different concepts are integrated and differentiated, and a new repertoire of ego states are experienced. Through dissociation, ego states are able to take turns leading the person.

Here’s an example…

Do you remember recess in grade school? When I was a child, we used to have a half hour to have what ever fun we could. I’d always make a point to monkey around on the jungle gym, then play kick ball. I’d do all of this while screaming as loud as my lungs could handle. I would pump myself into a state of complete fun mania. As soon as recess was over, we’d always go straight back to class work. Personally, I’d always have trouble turning my focus to class work. I was still in ‘play mode’. I didn’t want to do math work. I was having trouble effectively dissociating myself from my playful mania state and moving into a focused academically oriented state.

How can we create a more permeable boundary between ‘states’ so we can allow our self to easily shift modes of action?

I want to suggest through observing and surrendering your ego.

Being in different states subsequently inspires different behaviors. Most of the time, we have a level of unawareness towards. People tend to simply let their emotions and thoughts act through them rather than taking a step back and viewing things for what they are. Some people do to a degree in their life, but the average person does not. They lack the mechanism to monitor themselves in real time.

Here’s an example. Currently, I work at an arcade. We have a what’s called a ‘soft play’ area. It’s pretty much a giant play place for kids 5 through 12 with padding to make it soft. In order for these children to be able to play in it, they have to be of proper age and be wearing a wristband. A couple days ago, there was an adult in soft play with her toddlers that were about 1 to 2 years old. None of them had wristbands, either. I informed her the rules of soft play and asked her to come out. Since there were multiple toddlers in the play place a couple of infants had escaped her and managed to get further into the structure.

The mother instantly began an argument on why her her kids should stay in and have fun. When most people begin to hear why they’re wrong, they’re immediate response would be to argue back and give reasons why they’re right. This is especially so if they’re in a position of authority. I will admit to begin informing of the rules to enforce that the mother was wrong. But, instead of being reactive I focused on my intention, which was getting them out. I monitored myself by sensing that my auto-response system was taking over and chose a course of action that would be more aligned with my intention.

Sharing with them that it would be unfair to other children by letting her children remain on the play place because the wristbands that the other children have were paid for. I asked the mother how would she feel if I let other children do an activity for free that she had to pay for. When I informed her that if she got her children wristbands then she still wouldn’t be able to get in the structure, she reacted with anger. Rather than reacting with more anger, I observed her emotion and didn’t reflect it.

Eventually, after more explanation and relation to the mother. I got her out and to follow through with staying out.

Observing ego is about being present minded and consciously coordinating yourself. By taking a mental inventory of how I’ve reacted in previous experiences, I’m able to take control and take responsibility for how I behave. Through self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-control; I’m able to comprehend why and how I act and discard any ego state that doesn’t work toward my intention in life.

 

Having a transcendent intention is the essential ‘why’ in creating a new self. The transcendent intention is a concept I learned from Eben Pagan. It’s the greater reasoning for behaviors and skills that you pursue. For example, becoming better at communications transcends just being able to just convey a message more effectively. It leads to greater implications in your life that integrate into almost every aspect of you life.

 

Here’s a quick recap:

-Create an awareness of all of your ego states and their behaviors they articulate.

-Disassociate yourself from any single ego state to unify a complete self.

– Identify your intention of the moment

– Observe ego through identifying present ego state, monitoring behavior in real time, and guiding activity towards your intention.

– Be proactive, not reactive.

– Reflect upon relative experience. Make a mental inventory of what worked and what didn’t work

– Accept and take personal responsibility.

– Find your transcendent intention.

More Than Just ‘I’, Meta- Knowledge

Put your ego aside. You must kill your ego. Or, as Beyonce sings, “You’ve got such a big ego.”

So many people are telling you what to do with this part of you, not many quite grasp what an ego really is. In most cases, the ego catches a bad rep. It’s synonymous with someone who’s self-absorbed or very defensive. Why should we let someone tell us what to do with something that most hardly know the truth about.

Silliness.

I want to take this moment to not only tell you what your ego is, but also how it’s developed and it’s proactive uses in the grand scheme of your life. It’s a lot like nuclear power. It can be used to power great things in your life, or it’s failure can cause toxicity that pollutes you almost to the very core. This one piece of your psych has the ability to be your greatest asset or your greatest hindrance.

What is the ego?

Freud says that it’s what interprets and balances the basic instinctual drives of your id and the ever critical conscience of your super ego. Deepak Chopra tells us it is the self-image, or the ‘not true’ self. Webster defines it as ‘the self especially contrasted to another self or world’.

All of these imply that the ego is a construct of your mind. A filter of your beliefs, values, and ideas. The collection of ‘I’ statements that stream through your thoughts. The ego, though, transcends thoughts and also moves into what are affectionately named ego-states. I’ll talk a little bit about those in one minute, though.

To put all of this simply it’s a template that consists of your self-image and states of consciousness and it’s interaction with the environment.

Why is to know all this important? Becoming aware of the ego in general and your particular ego gives you metacognitive knowledge or knowledge of how you operate as a thinker. Now I’m going to go deeper into the metaknowledge by explaining the developmental stages of the ego.

Jane Loevinger proposes 9 different stages of ego development. They are based on the works of Erik Erikson and Henry Stack Sullivan. The ego was theorized to mature and evolve through the stages across the lifespan as result of a dynamic interaction between the inner self and the outer environment. Here are the stages at a brief glance.

Stage 1- The Pre Social Stage

All humans start off at this stage. When a baby is born, it is egoless. An infant can not differentiate itself from the world. It’s thinking is essentially delusional. The infant quickly moves to the symbiotic stage as it begins to develop recognition for objects. They tend to be very attached to the caregiver, suggesting a unity in cognition and emotions.

Stage 2- The Impulsive Stage

The child moves from egoless to egocentric. They are completely present to the moment and preoccupied with their impulses. When their needs are or aren’t met, the child responds with an impulsive retaliation. The childs needs and feelings are experienced in the senses.

Stage 3- The Self Protective Stage

In this stage, a lotus of control begins to emerge, although it is primarily external (blaming others). This stage is represents the first step towards impulse control. The child becomes in need of a strict unchanging set of rules to develop. If an older child or adult remains in this stage, they can become opportunistic, control oriented, and manipulative. Although the basis of conceptual knowledge begins to develop, morality is mainly regarded as ‘If you can’t be good, be good at it.’ or ‘Don’t get caught’. It is based on a system of punishments and rewards.

Stage 4- Conformist Stage

The individual becomes part of a group. Loevinger classified this stage as having the greatest cognitive simplicity. This is because the group clearly defines what is right and wrong, therefor the individual has no need to concern themselves with greater moral implications. The individual is concerned mostly what the group thinks about them what the group believes is the individuals place is. They become very invested in the groups interests. Many adults stay at this stage of development.

Stage 5- Self- Aware Stage

This stage is largely identified by the individuals ability to consider multiple possibilities in a situation and an increased awareness. They begin to see the difference in what the group think is right and what they think is right. This conflict creates a greater sense of inner conflict. Because the individual begins to consider different possibilities and a lower perspective, their interest in interpersonal relations increases.

Stage 6- The Conscientious Stage

In the conscientious stage, one’s locus of control begin to moves inward. The individual begins random psychological development through self-evaluation and self-criticism. They begin to feel shame for breaking a personal code of conduct rather than feel shame through breaking social norms. Beginning to understand the depth and complexities of themselves leads to a greater empathy of others.

Stage 7- The Individualistic Stage

A broader appreciation for individuality and interpersonal ties develops. They begin to show a broad minded tolerance and acceptance for the autonomy of their self and others. They begin to distance themselves from identities and replace moralism with an awareness of inner conflicts and personal paradoxes.

Stage 8- The Autonomous Stage

They begin to respect others need for autonomy in clear terms. They cultivate a higher tolerance for ambiguity. Interdependent systems are more valued than independent systems. The stage might also see a ‘confrontation with the limitations of abilities and roles as part of deepening self-acceptance’.

Stage 9- The Integrated Stage

The ego begins to not only have a higher tolerance for inner conflicts but is also able to reconcile and make peace with unsolvable issues. It’s noted by it’s self-actualized nature and a reconciliation of one’s destiny.Learning is understood as unavoidable.

 

These stages signify a movement to a higher conscious.

Here’s a quick video on the criteria for a healthy functioning ego.

 

Here you have the metaknowledge side of yourself. It’s up to you to decide where, who, and what you are.

Stay tuned for the second part of this article. I will discuss how your ego ties into metaexperience and touch a little bit on how you can gain the most and grow the most. I will feature a video from one of my personal favorite Self Actualization teachers.

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