Do you want to get high returns on all the dollars spent on learning? I definitely want to!
I have attended many, many training programs and seminars over the years. And usually by the end of each, I had invariably been motivated to take action on the things I learnt. To put into practice what I learnt. To implement the education I got. To get returns on the investment on learning.
However, once I got back to my regular life after the program, very often I had not been able to actually turn my good and sincere intentions into actual action. The result? I was left wondering whether the program made any difference at all to me? Did the investment in the program matter at all? My returns on investment from this learning investment was almost ZERO. Now how can you GET MORE out of such learning investments?
These investments may have been made by you, or may have been made by others such as your employer. How can you MAXIMIZE returns on learning investments?
WHY DOES THIS CHALLENGE OCCUR?
Why are we not able to put into action our intentions?
One, we could really be very busy. Though we want to, we may not be able to succeed in finding the time to do what we wanted to do.
Two, procrastination. The feeling that we can do it later. The only problem is that the "later" somehow never seems to arrive.
Three, priority. Once we get back to our "regular" life, we seem to be pressed with so many "urgent" things that clamor for our attention. And slowly, slowly, slowly (and sometimes may not be so very slowly ? ) other urgent tasks push these intentions (what we wanted to implement from the training program) further and further into the background.
Four, fear, feeling of incapability, ... and, there could be so many other reasons...
These ARE real challenges I face. How can I, in spite of all these, really MAXIMIZE returns on learning investments?
OVERCOMING THIS CHALLENGE:
Now how can you get started on the path to turning intention to action? Think about this for a moment ...
In 1953, there was a study done of Yale graduates. A survey was carried out, and it was found that only 3% of those surveyed had clear written down goals for life. Twenty years later, the same people were surveyed. This study threw out an extremely important analysis. The study found that ...
Twenty years after the initial survey about goals, it was found that the 3% who had clear written down goals for life had greater assets than all the remaining 97% put together.
That Yale studys result is mind blowing.
So, what is our take-away from this study?
It sometimes sounds too simple to be true. But the fact remains, that to succeed, it is EXTREMELY important to WRITE down your intentions and goals clearly.
So the way to get started is to take some time to WRITE down what actions you want to take as a result of the learning program invested in.