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Commit yourself to lifelong learning

Posted Oct 18 2011 7:46pm

Good evening, friends. Smile  The family has had a very relaxing afternoon and evening and I actually find myself with some free time while the boys play with the iPads…

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I snapped this photo unbeknownst to them. Winking smile

If you all missed my post from this afternoon, you missed my exciting announcement of the day:

I am registered to get my Primary Group Fitness certification through AFAA!  I’m extremely excited.

Not only am I excited to delve deeper into the fitness industry, I am excited to LEARN something new.

When I took my Spinning instructor’s orientation in July, I learned so much about something I cared about, and was overwhelmed with how INTO the learning process I was.

In a former life, I was a teacher…

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…and have always had a passion for teaching.  I loved teaching/facilitating/guiding/molding; all that good stuff.  I’ve always known this.

What I have recently learned about myself is that I also have a passion for LEARNING.  I love to learn new things and concepts; I truly believe if money was no object, I’d pursue degree after degree after degree.

I admire those who have the courage to continue their education into adulthood, when responsibilities and LIFE get in the way.  Learning is a life long process:

“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”Brian Tracy

Its true.  More often than not, your body will deteriorate before your mind does.  Why not equip your mind, your most valuable asset, with as much knowledge as you can?

Education is valuable, not only as a means to make a monetary living, but in your life, day in and day out.  The way one reasons, thinks, the knowledge one possesses is shaped by your education.  One uses their education in everyday life: in decision making, in oral and written communications, in interactions with other people.

I find that if I continue to learn throughout my life, I won’t be “old.”

Even when I was teaching, as a brand new teacher, I worried about what the parents would think of me.  They’d think I wasn’t experienced enough or well-equipped with enough knowledge of education to teach their children.

The principal I worked for eased my fears by telling me that new teachers are sometimes better teachers because they are willing to learn.  Teachers who have been in the business for a long time tend to stick to their tried and true ways and are not willing to learn new things.

“The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you’re learning you’re not old.”–Rosalyn S. Yalow

So, yes, I am excited to be getting certified to teach group fitness, but I think I am more excited to learn HOW to teach it.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”–Chinese Proverb

How about you?  Are you a life long learner?

 

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