“Don’t Shrink your dreams. Supersize your courage and abilities.
Dreams are ALWAYS a size too big so you can grow into them. Stretch your courage and expand your ability to match the size of your dream.”
Training is vital to me. I love learning new things, being intellectually stimulated and letting my creativity explore possibilities! I anticipate how I will be introduced to new information, to new research, and have another opportunity to discover new skills that I can develop. I also know that not all my learning will come from the trainer or facilitator, there will be others I will meet on the course who will also contribute to that wonderful learning mix.
During training I often experience reinforcement of my current knowledge and skills. I discover that a particular concept or thought process I've had has been discovered by someone else and written up or researched! And I also value those pieces of research and/or knowledge that challenge my theories and supposed 'knowing' and brings and new light that gives me the opportunity to update my new information and stretches my skills.
Curiosity is a big one for me. I thoroughly enjoy trainers who ignite that sense of adventure and entice me to use my creativity. And then there is practice where I grow my learning to become more skilful. So I leave the training course with my new found knowledge and having had the opportunity to practice with others in the same boat - where it is OK not to have it perfectly off pat.
And then there are the scary parts. Do you know about them too? That's when I wonder if the trainer will really be able to set up a safe learning environment or whether they will be judgemental and I will need to be wary. Will it be OK to ask questions that may seen as 'stupid'? And what if I don't have a clue what they are talking about, seemingly with great intellectual knowledge. Will I be able to stay with my enquiring mind and stay positive that I can still learn? Also the value questions - will my knowledge and skills be valued by the trainer and others on the course?
When I evaluate these doubts I know I'm not alone, others experience them too. I decide to take every experience and use it to MY and MY CLIENTS' advantage. So I take hold of the quote at the top of this blog: "Supersize your courage and abilities" and move on to embrace my new opportunities. I can go into the training knowing it will be of great intrinsic value.
For me this is all about resourcing my tool kit, being stretched and keeping my brain active - the old adage - 'Use it or Lose' has certainly been born out by numerous research studies.
I decided a long time ago, I want to keep learning until the day I depart from this earth. I want to be fascinated by my inner world and the world of others, to stay interested and interesting.
This is why training is so vital for me. With our learning we add value to human kind and give ourselves and others the opportunities to make different decisions – to learn, grow, and make healthy decisions.
Check out the embedded utube and see if it inspires you to: Dare to Dream, Dare to Train
Dare to Dream about your opportunities. Dare to Train.