18-CBWJ-Note Taking Tips to Ratchet up Your Learning

Note taking is a simple and effective way to help you learn new things. But, do you have any method of note taking or do you just jot down snippets here and there. This one simple tip can take your note taking and learning to the next level.

Please enjoy this short video episode of Coffee Break with John (CBWJ).

In his new book Limitless, Jim Kwik provides a wealth of learning tips. He’s an expert in the skills used to improve learning.

07-CBWJ-Resiliency is a Learnable Skill

Weebles are Resilient. Be like a weeble.

Resiliency has always been a valuable skill. Lately it is revealing itself as a critical skill. In his seminal work on the topic of resiliency, Al Siebert, PhD describes resiliency as the ability to:

  1. Cope with high levels of ongoing disruptive change;
  2. Sustain good health and energy when under constant pressure;
  3. Bounce back easily from setbacks;
  4. Overcome adversities;
  5. Change to a new way of working and living when an old way is no longer possible; and
  6. Do all this without acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways.

Resiliency is a learnable skill. Sure, some people are naturally more resilient than others. Some people learn resiliency without ever formally studying it, but some people just accept a lack of resiliency as a permanent state of being.

Resiliency is actually not something you have. Resiliency is something you DO. Stay tuned for more in-depth discussions and training on the topic of resiliency.

05-CBWJ-Circle of Control vs Concern

Circle of Influence

People often spend time and energy worrying about things they have no control over. It’s a natural reaction for our brains to think through worst case scenarios. It’s a built-in defense mechanism leftover from the days when our biggest concern was not getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, so we were always on high alert. But, being on high alert 24/7 is what leads to PTSD, so identifying and separating where we put our energy is critical.

Our circle of concern includes things we care about, but can’t control. It’s important to be aware of things in this sphere, but we need to focus more on the things within our circle of control.

04-CBWJ-Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 2/2

Managing-Uncertainty-and-Fear

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. The results we get depend on how we manage this process I just described. Understand the process and you can better manage your behavior and results.

03-CBWJ-Managing Uncertainty and Fear-Part 1/2

Managing-Uncertainty-and-Fear

Certainty is a primary human need and right now, most people are dealing with tremendous uncertainty. This leads to fear and other negative emotions. Everyone interprets stimulus differently, but the process for how we process stimuli is the same for everyone. We receive some stimuli from the outside world, we think about it and attach meaning to it based on our own individual life experiences. This is why people’s perceptions of the same stimuli can be very different from person to person. The meaning we attach to things then leads to emotions, which drive behaviors. Behaviors inevitably have some results. The results we get depend on how we manage this process I just described. Understand the process and you can better manage your behavior and results.

02-CBWJ-Two Tactics to Use Daily

Chunking-How-can-I-Help

People sometimes get overwhelmed because they have so much to do, or things they need to do are complicated. This short video addresses one simple approach to breaking things down into manageable chunks so you can more easily get things done. The simple question “How can I help?” is powerful. But, don’t take my word for it. Try it and see for yourself.

01-CBWJ-Three Keys to Controlling Emotions

Triad of Emotions

There are lots of things we cannot control and with all that is going on in the world right now, emotions are all over the place for some people. There are things outside our control that affect our emotions, but we do have some control over how we respond to things.

This short video (less than 6 minutes) covers three things we can proactively take action on to keep our emotions in check.

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