I’ll never forget going to my first writer’s retreat. Dreaming of being an author, I knew there was much to learn. My weekend of learning looked more like jumping into an ocean without a life jacket, drowning in too much information. But there was one session, specifically one quote that saved my writing life—”Don’t try to do it all, just do one thing at a time. Never stop learning.”
The same message rings true in Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. It’s a book my organizational leadership-loving husband read and then passed on to me. Great reminders for us all, but especially written for business leaders out there.
By the time I arrived home from the retreat, I had set three goals to accomplish in the following three months. They were all writing related, but the details don’t really matter now. What does matter is that I made a plan to start learning more about writing. One step at a time.
What do you want to learn more about? What do you want to learn how to do?
How To Never Stop Learning
For starters, you need three things:
- Something you want to learn or grow in.
- Humility—being open to instruction.
- The willingness to practice.
I could have added time to the list, but I truly believe that everyone has time to spare when our hearts are focused on what we really want. What might God do in your life when you are willing to work hard to accomplish your dream?
For more ideas, LifeHack.org published an article outlining eight super powerful ways to never stop growing and learning. Number five is the same advice I received at my writer’s retreat—focus on one thing at a time. Great advice!
Maybe you are wanting to learn how to cook or how to sew a quilt. Learning a new language or how to play an instrument. I’d love to hear what dreams you are working towards and learning something new every step of the way.
Whatever it is, take the advice of Caroline Ingalls and never stop learning!
If you missed me reading and talking about chapter 28, Stringing Beads, from A Prairie Devotional, here’s this week’s Live Video.