Know what you want When people approach information they

Know what you want
When people approach information they
never really know what they want out of it. They don’t direct their minds. Learn
to engage and be present with information by creating a strong PIC in your mind:
Purpose: Have
a clear purpose because clarity dissolves resistance. Always remember why you
are reading or learning the information. Keep your purpose at the forefront of
your mind. If you don’t know what you want, how are you going to know when you
get it? Learning with a purpose increases your attention, comprehension,
retention, and organizes your thoughts. The more specific the purpose, the more
information you will get. A vague purpose would be: I want to learn more about
memory from this book. A specific purpose would be: I want to learn at least six
key strategies that will enable me to improve my memory. Focus on getting
information that you can use – and then put it into practice. As David Allen
said, “If you’re not sure why you’re doing
something, you can never do enough of it.”
Your level of interest sets the direction of your attention and, therefore, your
level of focus. If you are not interested, remembering what you read will be
almost impossible. Whatever is highest on your interest list is where your mind
is alert, disciplined, and focused. Whatever is lower on your interest list is
where you hesitate and procrastinate.
You can remember mountains of information
when you are interested in the subject. It almost feels automatic and your
concentration is at a peak. Your deficits of attention are mostly interest
deficits. Your mind never wanders away; it only
moves towards more interesting things.
We all know that interest improves
concentration but how do we get interested in the ‘boring’ information? The
first step is to find your interests and then to find links or connections
between your interests and the new information that you are learning. For
example, I’m interested in training and sharing knowledge with other people.
When I read anything I’m always searching for new information relating to my
interest. When I read or listen through my interest filter, I am focused and I
can concentrate. I always ask myself questions like, “How does this connect to
training? How is it going to improve my life? If I read or remember this, is it
going to give me something that not many people know? Is it going to help me in
the future? How does this material help me achieve my goals?” In other words,
all ‘boring’ information can be made more interesting with the right mindset.
Gilbert Chesterton said, “There are no
uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
So get interested!
Questions are the answer to improving curiosity. Before you start reading or
learning, ask yourself motivational questions. Most people ask questions that
don’t move them to take action. They look at the book and say things like, “Why
do I have to read this book? This is too much to read. This looks really
boring.” If you ask questions like that, how much energy are you going to have
to learn? You want to ask energy enhancing questions that get you engaged in the
information. Ask yourself, “How is this relevant and applicable to my life right
now? How will this information help me achieve my goals? How can I apply this
information to improve my work? How will this help me? How will this information
make me more significant?” Get curious about your mind and how it works. Tony
Robbins says, “If you want to cure boredom, be curious. If you’re curious,
nothing is a chore; it’s automatic – you want to study. Cultivate curiosity, and
life becomes an unending study of joy.”